America Is Too Young To Die
That is the title of the third chapter of a book of the same title by Leonard Ravenhill published in 1979.
The title caught my eye and so did two other titles by him: “Revival Praying” and “Sodom had no Bible”. I have had them on my shelf for some time. Every time I have opened the first one above I can only read a small portion because it just burdens my heart so much.
He opens the third chapter with this quote: THOMAS MACAULAY, the British historian who died on the eve of the Civil War, wrote a warning to America. He predicted the possibility that our country would come under a dictatorship. The alternative which he forecast is no less forboding. Macaulay wrote “…your republic will be fearfully plundered and laid waste by barbarians in the Twentieth Century as the Roman Empire was in the Fifth, with this difference: that the Huns and Vandals who ravaged the Roman Empire came from WITHOUT and your Huns and Vandals will have been engendered WITHIN your own country, by your own institutions.”
Now I am not convinced that America will ever come under a dictatorship but we do see what is happening in our own institutions.
Another interesting quote by Abraham Lincoln: “At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? If it ever reaches us, it must spring up among us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher; as a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide.”
Ravenhill went on to write in closing the chapter: “In a day when men ignore the diagnosis of history and pretend that America does not have the disease that destroyed every major civilization there ever was, it is time to tell the truth with all the passion and zeal that pure love for one’s country can produce!
“America can die, but it would have to be by suicide. It would be because she thinks God is dead, and because she believes that His laws, which, when broken, have felled every nation that ever lived, do not, in her hour of freedom and affluence, include her.”
“America will not be sold by Alger Hiss of the Rosenburgs, but by people who just don’t care.”
“America fights a battle that cannot be won at the ballot box. Her need is not the “new morality” of the hour, but new morals based on the old laws of God.”
Reading this book is like touching something very hot. It burns.
Eric’s post this morning hits home. I do thank God for the Heritage Foundation and for the fact that they are holding politicians accountable. This is what Americans should have been doing for a long time. It is just that for too long too many Americans have not cared. That is why what happened last November is such an encouragement to me. It is a sign of life in America.
The very ultimate battle though is not won at the ballot box but on our knees seeking God. That is a very real battle. If we win the battle on our knees then we will see real victory.