I could not resist – it is time for another political “science” post.

America has always been a great country.  The American Constitution was established by the Lord to be a banner of freedom and liberty to the rest of the world.  Also, America was founded on Judaeo-Christian values and is the birthplace of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, which makes it the standard bearer of morality and righteousness.  And American is a country of laws.  Her law abiding denizens show the world how upholding laws of the land leads to peace and prosperity.  

All of this appears to be changing at an alarming rate.  America is embracing policies that threaten her status as a light to the world.  

First, we can no longer call ourselves an ensign to the nations on what constitutes moral sexual behavior.  The Center for Disease Control health statistics report that births to unmarried women rose to 40% in 2008.  That means that only 60% of babies are born into homes with a father and mother.  Also recent pressure from pro-homosexual groups has raised efforts to normalize same-sex relationships to new heights, and it appears that governments and politicians are responding.  On April 2, 2009 the Vermont House passed a bill recognizing same-sex marriages.  On April 16, 2009 New York’s governor Patterson introduced a bill favoring same-sex marriage.  On April 16, 2009 a leading Republican strategist urged conservative party members to drop its opposition to gay marriage.  And on March 26, 2009 the one time prominent republican Michael Bloomberg announced his support of gay marriage. 

Let’s be clear: The Proclamation on the Family opposes these efforts.

Second there is the recent spike in massive deficit spending that threatens our freedom and way of life.  Billions of dollars have been committed to dubious spending projects that are supposed to stimulate the economy.  Billions of dollars are being spent on shoring up companies with failing business plans and corrupt managers.  Billions of dollars are being spent on mortgage companies that made high risk loans (sometimes under pressure from politicians) to home buyers who could not afford their homes.  The massive debt that the Bush and Obama administrations have built will likely enslave our children and our grandchildren.

Let’s be clear: Massive government deficit spending is contrary to the church’s divine counsel to live within one’s means.

Third there is the current administration’s lackadaisical approach to the laws of the land.  A few recent cabinet appointees in the administration have, in the past, avoided paying their fair share of taxes.  Consider also that our newly minted chief of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, effectively ended ICE raids on business hiring illegal immigrants and illegals who committ identity and social security fraud, so when an ICE raid was carried out last week at a Bellingham, WA business that hires illegals, you can imagine her reaction.  An angered Napolitano said that she would “get to the bottom” of the Bellingham raid, and she did.  Well, she did not get to the bottom of the matter by detaining and deporting the illegals (standard procedure).  No!  Instead she ordered immigration officials to take the illegals to an INS office, issue them work visas, and send them on their way.  Surprised?  Don’t be – This is the same woman who recently put the Dept. of Homeland Security on alert for right wing “extremists” who strongly oppose illegal immigration and abortion.

Let’s be clear: These actions contravene the notion of sustaining and upholding the laws of the land.

The apostle Paul said that in the last days, perilous time would come.  We are in the last days and it appears perilous times have come.  I just never thought they would come so fast in America.  If this downward tailspin is not checked, I predict that America will lose her standing as an ensign to the nations.

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