“Over half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’ Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’” —Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Templeton Address, London, 10 May 1983.
And now it’s us—for the same reason. The American experiment was founded on a triangular model of liberty: Liberty requires Virtue; Virtue requires Faith; and Faith requires Liberty. Remove any of the supporting lines and the triangle collapses. Men have forgotten God—that’s why all this has happened.
Now you know what to pray for today.
2 thoughts on “Why is All This Happening?”
I haven’t forgotten God. I suspect you haven’t either Jay. The expectation of a “godly” government to solve interpersonal problems let alone international ptoblems is a big step away from a life of walking in the Spirit. The American model of Christianity is dysfunctional because we think you can legislate morality. We yielded our allegiance to a worldly kingdom at the expense of our relationship with the Lord of creation.
Never said you did, nor have I ever suggested nationalized or legislated morality or Christianity—quite the opposite. Crusades, inquisitions, jihads and the like revealed the merits of such ‘godly’ governments. Until Jesus returns, government ruled by men cannot make heaven, whereas people whose hearts are ruled by Jesus are still light in the darkness. Ravenhill said, “There’s one thing we need above everything else; it’s something we don’t talk about these days. We need a mighty avalanche of conviction of sin.”