Monday, November 12, 2012

Where do we go from here?

It wasn't supposed to end like this. It just doesn't make any sense. How can we even hope to go on from here? He was supposed to be our savior yet, there He is, defeated and dead, hanging on a cross. I guess it's time to give up, isn't it?

A few days ago, someone asked me the question 'Where do we go from here'? I responded that I have been trying to figure that out since election day and I am getting nothing. I have been soul searching and heart searching and mind searching and strength searching, trying to find one reason why it even makes sense to keep hoping and dreaming and believing and fighting. Then it hit me. The reason to keep hoping and dreaming and believing and fighting is a person and His name is Jesus Christ. I spent the last week trying to make sense of this all, then the Holy Spirit showed me that it doesn't have to make sense. In fact, faith is strongest in reverse proportion to how much sense it makes.

I have spent the last week processing the very real possibility that the United States of America, as a nation, is finished. Like ill-fated United 93, that crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11th, 2001, the country has been hijacked by people who are determined to destroy it. These people who abetted by those who are too selfish, too cowardly or too apathetic to oppose them.

America, as a nation, is probably doomed.

Would that be the worst thing that could happen? No.

As Jesus walked the way of sorrows, carrying the Cross, he ran into the women of Jerusalem and had this to say;

"Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 "For behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.' 30 "Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us,' and to the hills, 'Cover us.' 31 "For if they do these things in the green tree, what will happen in the dry?"
Catholics call this the 8th station, in a devotional known as The Way of the Cross. I am meditating on this station even now as I contemplate what occurred last Tuesday. For even as He walked His own condemnation, Jesus was letting the city of Jerusalem know that it's own destruction was nigh.

Is this the message we should be hearing now about America?

 Sons and Daughters of America, weep not for me but for yourselves and your children.

That America has reelected the most wicked President in it's history is a matter quite beyond dispute. That so many are to blame is just as unarguable. Was there voter fraud? Yes. Did too many voters stay home? Yes. Dirty money? Terrible candidate? Complicate media? Cowards on our side? Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes.

However, I want to focus on what, for me, are the most shocking exit poll results of all.

Among regular church goers, Mitt Romney won by 20 percentage points. Romney won a similar margin among Married voters. 59% of White Catholics supported Romney while only 48% of all Catholics supported him overall. Hispanic Catholics supported Obama to the tune of almost 80%.

There are a number of sobering conclusions to draw here.
  1. Those who go are married and go to church are no longer the backbone of our nation.
  2. Far too many Catholics are on the wrong side of issues like abortion and marriage and far too few are going to church.
 The issue is excruciatingly bad in the Hispanic Catholic community. Hispanic Catholics supported gay marriage by a 20 point margin (52-32), that leaves another 16% undecided. When less than 1/3 of Hispanic Catholics are willing to support traditional marriage, that is a very serious problem. As millions of Hispanic Catholics continue to flood into the United States, through both legal and illegal immigration, a paradox is at work. While the overall Catholic population appears to be rising as a result, the Catholic population is actually becoming far more nominal with each day.

Gay marriage passed in 4 states and the largely Catholic Hispanic vote was a big part of that. This is in addition to their obvious role in helping to reelect the worst President in American history based almost solely on his open and unapologetic support of illegal immigration.

Of course, just because the problem is so egregiously bad among Hispanic Catholics does not exactly give white Catholics a pass. When more than 4 in 10 white Catholics are voting for a pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, anti-religious liberty candidate, it cannot be cased as religious, racial or ethnic tolerance. It is simply Catholics being unfaithful and irresponsible. Being willing to vote for a candidate of color is laudable, so long as said candidate is worthy of your vote. Barack Obama isn't. Racial tolerance cannot be a substitute for ethical stewardship. We have reached a point where people are afraid of being discerning for fear of being accused of being discriminating. Barack Obama and his ilk are undeserving of the vote of any Christian, because of his radical and perverse views and positions. The color of his skin has nothing to do with it. We must be unafraid to live out the dream of MLK jr and judge a man by the content of his character.

America cannot survive because it has become what Jesus Christ spoke of and Abraham Lincoln echoed- a house divided against itself.

Alexi De Tocqueville observed two things that now apply to America. The first is that any Democracy is doomed once the people realize that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. Once the majority of the country figures this out, they will always vote for whoever gives them the most.

Democracies, or anything made by men, are doomed to fail. The only institution that will never die is the Catholic Church. It wasn't created by men but by God, Himself.

The second thing he noted is that America was great because America was good. When America ceased to be good, he observed, she shall ceased to be great.

America has ceased to be good and has, thus, ceased to be great. Soon, Now, She has ceased to be altogether. The America of Barack Obama bears no resemblance to the America you and I inherited and wanted to pass on. That America is not coming back.

It is time to accept the fact that you reach a point where you have did all you can do but you have struck the iceberg, nonetheless.

So, where do we go from here?

It's rescue time. The ship is going down and it will sink. There is no saving it. Save as many as you can.

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