Is America Still Blessed?

By Mark Dove, May 19, 2010 12:50 pm

The 2010 Art and Essay Competition has ended. You can view results for the Art Competition here. The following essay was submitted by Melissa Rainer and was the $100 First Place Winner for grades nine and ten. This year’s theme was, “Writer’s Choice of Any Political, Economic, Theological, or Social Issue.”

Melissa Rainer
2010 Essay Competition
$100 First Place Winner
Category 2 – Grades 9 & 10

Is America Still Blessed?

“America, America! God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea”. Written in 1893, “America the Beautiful” claims that God has blessed America. Sadly, our nation has separated from God with repeated acts of sin. Crushed with this knowledge, I turn to my audience and ask: Is America still a blessed nation?

America is the largest debtor nation in world history. The U.S. national debt has been over $12 trillion since 2009!1 President Obama actually admitted in his State of the Union address that his “ . . . efforts to prevent a second depression have added another $1 billion to our national debt”.2 Deuteronomy 28:12 (KJV) shows that in a blessed nation, “The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure . . . and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.” Is America’s debt a sign of God’s Blessing? Certainly not – strike one!

Women represent 15% of the U.S. Armed Forces. One-third of these women were sexually assaulted by their comrades with suspicions of 80 to 90% of cases going unreported.3 Representative Jane Harman stated that, “a female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire” (3). This statement is supported by Army specialist, Chantelle Henneberry, who served in Iraq from 2005-6. “I was the only female in my platoon of 50 to 60 men. I was also the youngest, 17”,4 Chantelle reveals. Henneberry’s request for safety was ignored, so she was constantly on her guard to protect herself. “I wasn’t carrying the knife for the enemy, I was carrying it for the guys on my own side” [4]. The Lord allowed the children of Israel to fail because of sin in their camp, but gave them victory after Israel’s repentance. In Joshua 7:13b (KJV) we read, “There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee . . . thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.” This sin in our armed forces does not represent a blessed nation either – strike two!

More than 1.37 million innocent children die each year from abortion [5]. How can Americans act so inhumane? In Psalms 106: 35-41 (KJV), the Lord gave Israel to their enemies for sacrificing their children. “Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils . . . the wrath of the Lord kindled against His people . . . and he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.” How can America received God’s blessing when we are sacrificing 1.37 million children at the altar of Molech: self + humanism? Strike three!

Christians continue to have blessings in America today. Access to Christian radio stations and Bibles are widespread. Christian schools and home schooling can be chosen over public schools. Sadly despite these gifts, immorality pervades our society! Our taxes are being constantly raised by our government to promote unbiblical and irresponsible spending. Thousands of abortions are performed daily, robbing lives from innocent children. How long can it be before the Judge of all the earth utters the words, “You’re out!” to our country? Jesus Christ laments the sin of Jerusalem in Luke 13:34 (KJV) with the touching words, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem . . . how often would I have gathered thy children together . . . and ye would not!” The wages of Jerusalem’s sin was realized in 70 AD when she was destroyed by God. This fearsome history is revealed to us the Bible, yet our nation has still turned its back on our Savior, despite numerous warnings. The reality of this causes one to wonder: How much longer will it be before God pours His wrath out on America? As Christians, we must devotedly pray for our nation, for through Jesus Christ alone, America can still beg forgiveness, and escape the fiery grips of hell.


1

 

US National Debt by President Term, per Capita” 2010/March 8, 2010. http://www.skymachines.com/US-National-Debt-Per-Capita-Percent-of-GDP-and-by-Presidental-Term.htm

2

 

By office of the press secretary “Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address” January 27, 2010/January 28/2010 http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-state-union-address

3

 

By Nancy Gibbs. Time Magazine. “The War Within” on page 60. March 8, 2010 edition / March 8, 2010.

4

 

By Helen Benedict “Women at War Face Sexual Violence” April 17, 2009/March8, 2010.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8005198.stm

5

 

“Abortion Statistics.” Found in February 8, 2010 http://www.abortionno.org/Resources/fastfacts.html

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3 Responses to “Is America Still Blessed?”

  1. KMPrice says:

    Hi Mr. Dove. I’m sure you realize the flaws and sins of America(ns) are many more than you have pointed out. One in particular that angers me is that our government schools are teaching children to accept and consider the ALTERNATE lifestyle we know as homosexuality. This error, as explained by Paul in the first chapter of Romans, leads to utter godlessness that results in a reprobate mind that God gives up. I think God is angry with those who lead youngsters down that path.
    Another source of Americas’ demise is the entertainment industry. Movies and television are godless for the most part. Young impressionable people are being taught humanistic thought and values that fan the flames of sin and the flesh.
    We can go on, but for brevity I shall stop there. What America needs are strong uncompromising preachers who proclaim Gods’ Word.
    Thank you sirs for the opportunity to share my thoughts.
    KMPrice

  2. Mark Dove says:

    To avoid confusion I want to point out that the essay is not mine. This essay was submitted by one of our high school students for an essay competition.

    Thanks for the additional thoughts KM.

  3. Mr Remark says:

    KMPrice, While I agree in principle with your comment about “uncompromising preachers” I must point out that the problem is with the “christian father.” In way too many churches the father has abdicated his spiritual headship of the home to the professional clergy. It is the father that MUST be the under shepherd in his home, clearly and completely devoted to Christ! The pastor is the road sign that continually points to Christ and His teachings, helping the father to establish his place as “God’s man” in the home. Until Christian men take seriously the responsibility for the spiritual direction of their homes, given to them by Christ, the church universal will never be strong!

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