If a majority of Americans does not very soon wake up, or sober up, or grow up, this country is soon to fall. Our foundations are crumbling, and no matter how many large-screen TVs we can cram into our up-side-down mortgaged homes, the country will fall. No matter how high-tech is our entertainment, it remains fantasy. Life is not a beach! Retirement is not the purpose of work, and golf is not the reason for life! Virtual reality is not real, no matter how clever or exciting.
No matter how many pools, computers and media-savvy classes we indulge our kids with, in our education-palaces called “schools,” we are abusing them: we are robbing our children of their future by our debts, we are starving them of real education and wisdom, we are abandoning them to fad “edu-experts.” We are failing to love them enough to be parents to them, and we are afraid to even be adults for them. What chance do they stand?
Christ sent a church into this darkness to be light! Is there enough light even now, even in our tepid sleepy churches, to see the fall in front of us? Can we not see the chasm there, getting closer? The greatness of America hinges on the goodness of Americans. We have lost the way, but still it is very close. It is late, but not too late, not yet. We still are close enough to remember a better way.