The Rise and Fall of a Nation
Pastor Jeff Schreve
It was the French historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, who made a journey from France to the United States in the first half of the 1800s. And he was on a quest to determine and to find out what is the source of America's greatness. And the great quote attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville was this: He said, "I went, and I looked, and I looked." And he said, "The greatest of America couldn't be found in her harbors or her fields or her industry or her factories." He said, "I couldn't find the greatness of America until I went into her churches." And he said this: "America is great because America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
God says in Proverbs chapter 14 and verse 34, "Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a disgrace to any people." Righteousness is the thing that lifts up a nation. Righteousness is the thing that makes a nation strong. Righteousness is the thing that God blesses. But sin is a disgrace and sin brings a nation down. I believe that America is going down. We're not great like we used to be. And the reason, I believe, that we're not great like we used to be is because we're turning our back on God, and we're walking away from the Righteous One, and we've replaced moral absolutes with the whim and the political correctness of the day and we find ourselves in bad shape. Hey, America was built on courage. It was built on bravery. It was built on a fear of God. It was built on the Word of God. It was built on a strong work ethic. It was built on sacrifice. But all that is being reversed. Now we don't have a fear of God. "Transgression," the Scripture says, "speaks to the ungodly within his heart. There is no fear of God before his eyes." There is no respect for authority in America. There is no, desire to forego gratification, to say, "I'm going to work now so that I have things for later." No! Everybody wants it now. We live in a microwave society. I need it now. I can't wait. And people have this idea that they're entitled to things: they're entitled to a high-paying job, they're entitled to a nice place to live, they're entitled to all this vacation time, and they're entitled to get something for nothing. Our forefathers didn't think like that at all. We're in trouble today, serious trouble.
How many people in here would say, "I believe America is in trouble today, serious trouble," can I see your hand? There are hands all over this place. Hey, we are in trouble. And it's easy to say. Well, America's in trouble. It's not the America that it used to be. I mean, you just look on the news and you see all the violent crime and all the terrible things going on. I don't know if you watched it was very, very popular. It had gone viral. The video about the bus monitor on the bus in New York and how the kids, those 5th, 6th, 7th graders, whatever they were, 8th graders, I don't know exactly what the age group was. ...
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