Good Friday morning ...

America the great, the land that I love, faces a huge dilemma.

Her greatest threat is not China or Russia or North Korea or even the stateless terrorists of the Middle East. Her most serious problem is internal.

History has shown this to be true: no great nation or empire was defeated from without before it was defeated from within --- spiritually, morally, ethically.

Sadly, as much as we dislike the idea, America will be no exception. She will be destroyed not by forces without, but by her own decadence. She is rotting from within.

America's need is critical for a spiritual, moral, ethical rebirth. The need is critical for her people to take a stand against conditions contributing to the pollution and corruption of American life. Secular humanism, materialism, hedonism, self-indulgence, sexual permissiveness, drunkenness, drug abuse --- a cancer is ravaging America's health and strength.

It is sucking the air out of America.

Americans have been told they can have it all. We are, after all, a rich nation! But there are costs that accompany decadence.

In addition, there are the partisan divisions and the take-no-prisoners domestic political warfare that has become part of the daily news cycle in modern America. This constant infighting is largely intended for the acquisition of more and more power by a handful of political celebrities fawned over by the American media. The outcome has been to consume vast financial and political resources, none of which have taken the country any closer to a single perceptible national goal. In some ways a dictatorship is far more efficient ... though certainly not preferable.

There is a story of a little boy who heard a broken clock chime thirteen times and came running to his mother to announce, "Mommy, Mommy! It's later than it's ever been before!"

And so it is!

Jesus said, "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times." [Matthew 16:2-3]

What will it take, O God, to make us know we cannot do this alone? What calamity must fall before we humble ourselves and acknowledge our dependence on You?

Regardless of our political or theological affiliation, all people of faith need to challenge our minds to seek God's wisdom, to focus our hearts to repent and to command our wills to obey.

Brothers and sisters, it's time to get on our knees and pray ...