Romans 8:28 We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
President Obama is better for America, America as she is now, than Mitt Romney would have been. I say this by faith and with sure hope, even though with deep sorrow. I see much suffering coming our way, suffering that I hoped could be averted with Romney, but God sees more clearly than I can, and God had a better plan. President Obama, not because of his own plans or purposes, but because of God’s, will work the greater good for this country and for the world.
Mitt Romney, especially in the closing days of the campaign, called America to an optimism in a future that he could see as possible – and he offered a plan to get there. Unlike the president, Romney had a record of success to give substance to his promise, but most of America preferred otherwise. Most of America wanted what President Obama promised – and that is precisely, I submit to you, why God allowed him to win. We got what we wanted. Because so many wanted such small and unworthy things, God gave us what we deserved. We were not ready – not even now are we ready – for more and for better.
America is shrinking. Her economy, her standard of living, her military strength, her internal security, her civil harmony are all weakening, unravelling, shrinking. Those criteria are all, however, only symptoms of the deeper things that concern God more, and that ought to concern us more. America is shrinking, weakening, unravelling in the eternal things – in the moral economy – in the spiritual values that are the foundation of those other things, the things of her economy, her standard of living, her military strength, her employment percentages and so on. America is increasingly turning away from God, and as she does so she finds the lie more attractive than truth, deceit more convincing than honesty and fantasy more desirable than reality. America prefers hope for the goods of this world, rather than hope in the good that brings true happiness. America prefers sugar highs and drive-through gratification, to the substance and perseverance found in the Bread from heaven that brings eternal life.
How has America so dumbed herself down, and so quickly? How has she cast aside so thoughtlessly the treasure bequeathed to her by heros, by history? How has she sold her birthright so cheaply, her honor for such counterfeits? How, America, has it come to this?
I look to the Church for answers, because the Church was sent for this reason: to bring the saving Truth of God to a dark and fallen world, even to America. I look to the lampstand for light, but the lamp flickers dimly and the glass is covered with soot! It sounds one moment strong and clear, then it flickers and falls to mumbling words with no meaning. Where is the Church! I see the buildings, I see the people, but where is the mission? I hear words, I see activities and programs – where is the Word? Where is the Life? Where is the Fire?
America got what she deserves. The watchmen sent to stand duty on the towers were not looking out toward the enemy, they turned their backs to the danger and were preoccupied with parties and celebrations inside the walls. The world grows darker, America grows darker, and the Church is sleeping. The Church is busy with many things, but one thing is lacking. Has the one thing been forgotten entirely? Has the one thing been cast aside forever? Does she even know and can she recognize, anymore, what she has forgotten?
One person commented, maybe tongue in cheek and not intending to be prophetic, that we need to hang on and try to survive the coming 4 years of purgatory. God does work that way – He allows suffering for His purpose of remediation, for correction, for purging of that which is unworthy, and for the purity of holiness. Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden and into a world of suffering, that humanity might begin a journey of return to God. Divine justice is one with His mercy, because God is ever and always and only True.
Holy Church, will you awaken now? Will you see the poverty of your people, their hunger, their thirst? Will you hear their cries for that which you were given and entrusted with, cries for Him whom you were sent to reveal and proclaim? For now, He continues to give us all time. Church in America, will you now do what He commanded you?
Mt 28:18 Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”