A short, sharp, sweet, sobering piece coming up from Michael Finch in FrontPage Magazine, but first my little two-cents-worth by way of commentary, some of which I continue to expound upon ceaselessly…
- I was born in 1943 in the middle of WWII and have seen this world change before my very eyes.
- I have seen the decline of the British Empire, from “Brittania Rules the Waves” and “the Sun never sets on the British Empire” to dinky little England that is now done, cooked, over, fini, kaput.
- With the most popular birth name now being Mohammed, England is toast (as are most of the other EU nations now that the “Hijrah” has begun, being the 1,400 year old Muslim war tactic of Invasion and Occupation by Immigration.
- We have banished God from our public life here in the United States.
- We have reinterpreted the First Amendment so that if a child bows his head at a public school, irrational adults charge that the Constitution has been violated.
- We freely allow and laud unborn children to be ruthlessly dismembered and their body parts sold for filthy lucre.
- We have made same-sex marriage (a societal aberration for 5000 years and a clear violation of God’s law) a new accepted and honored practice. Which makes it…
- … equally ironic that when our foundations begin to crumble, the first response is, “So much for a loving, sympathetic God.”
- Romans 1:28-32 seems appropriate here: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers … Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
- There is however, a light at the end of the tunnel, and His name is Jesus. You see, all the events that are happening today were prophesied some 3,000 years ago, and those are the events that we are witnessing today. For those willing to look and research, Daniel, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Amos, Joel, Malachi, Revelation and most all the books of the Bible point to this very time in HIStory. The Book of Acts 1:11 foretells of His return to rescue those who are looking for Him and the Judgment that is coming upon those who are not. I pray that you all find Him before He returns because afterwards it will be far, far too late.
On now to the little gem from Michael Finch …
I had coffee today with a fellow baby boomer and we were bemoaning the state of our times. It is in our nature to often think the worst of things, that the world is in chaos and that things are headed in the wrong direction and even that the end times are upon us. We are always trying to seek a way back to a simpler time, when things were better, safer. We yearn for yesterday. Thus the powerful allure of nostalgia. We always remind ourselves to guard against the sky is falling, doomsday predictions, as difficult as that may be.
It is hard to deny, however, that the world has turned. In the immediate aftermath of Paris and San Bernardino, with the rise of Islamic terror not seen in the Western world since the Ottomans were besieging Vienna at the end of the 17th Century, all perspectives have changed. Unease has fallen over us.
And it is more than what is coming at us from aboard. Middle class incomes have been flat for 30 years; millions are out of work or have given up. The gap between the rich and poor has widened dramatically, our government is corrupt and we are led by a class of elites that has lost all touch with Middle America. For the first time in our history, we fear that our children will have a life less than the ones we have lived.
I was born in 1961, toward the end of the baby boom generation. Those of us born in the aftermath of WWII were bequeathed a time that is, arguably, the greatest period of affluence and prosperity, not just in American history, but in the history of the world. Taken from an historical perspective, the material abundance and quality of life for the middle class, post WWII, is simply breathtaking.
It wasn’t always thus. We forget that at the dawn of the last century, a good number of Americans didn’t have electricity, indoor plumbing, millions died in a worldwide flu epidemic and things such as drinkable water, high infant mortality rates, and innumerable diseases, were everyday worries. World history has, for the many millenniums, has been marked by starvation, war, strife, death, disease and misery. Hobbes’s description of life being nasty, brutish and short has been history’s norm. We forget that.
Now, the disquieting feeling for many of us is that it will never be this good again. That the lives of our children and grandchildren will not be as good as we have lived and experienced.
We are incredibly thankful for what we have had, for the sacrifices our parent’s generation made for us. And we ask, is this it, is what we had, gone forever? Has darkness fallen over the great West and this blessed land of America? Pray that we have our day again, that we have the strength and will to recover that shining moment in world’s time.We must fight as our forefathers did to keep liberty secure and to maintain the blessings that He has bestowed upon us.
ABOUT MICHAEL FINCH
Michael Finch is the president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles. He has been published widely in a number of journals and is a frequent speaker. He just released his first book of poetry, Finding Home.