Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address. I didn’t watch his speech, but as usual, I read about the highlights from a few different sources that offer various perspectives on the issues and events he brought up.
I think there are many issues regarding the state of our nation that President Trump didn’t focus on, and that I honestly don’t expect a sitting President to focus on in a State of the Union address, although I truly wish they would. But since they won’t, I will.
So what is the state of our nation? Regardless of all its good, it is a spiritually dark and dying nation. People commonly engage in, condone, or ignore issues of such dark immoral and spiritual natures that it is surprising our nation functions as well as it does.
There is a great disregard for the value and sanctity of human life in our nation. Over 59 million children have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade in 1973. That’s almost 19 percent of our current population, and since that’s only been just over 45 years, most of those would still be alive. How sad that our nation has actively participated in such a heinous attack on the most innocent and vulnerable of our people.
Our nation is in such angry disunity, and politics are generally blamed for this, but Mother Teresa made an insightful observation that I think has much to do with our lack of peace. She said there could be no peace when mothers are willing to murder their own children. I must agree.
Sadly, over half of Americans believe that abortion should be legal, and, almost beyond belief, over 60 percent of Americans who claim an affiliation with a mainline Protestant church believe abortion should be legal.
God tells us that He creates us in His image, and that to disrespect His image in us is to disrespect Him (Genesis 9:6). How is it that when you claim to believe that every single person is created by God, and that every person is created in the Image of God, that you can condone the killing of such innocent human beings? Considering this, the state of our nation is pathetically dark.
Another area of measure for the state of our nation is human trafficking. This is nothing less than brutal and horrific slavery. Prostitution has the largest number of people involved in human trafficking in our nation. There are over 1 million prostitutes in the U.S. and most of them are in situations where their life would be in danger if they tried to get out. When you add to that the tens of thousands who are lured or brought to this country to make them virtual slaves in a variety of situations, then you must conclude this adds to the darkness of our national spiritual condition.
We could go on in regards to adultery, pornography, and the sad and horrific numbers of domestic abuse victims in our nation, mostly children, but these are things that I am sure you are somewhat aware of, although you may well be one of the majority who willingly turn a blind eye to them. These issues add to the extremely sad moral and spiritual state of our nation.
One area that you may not consider in regards to the state of our nation is that of idol worship. I realize that most modern people in the Western Civilization probably consider idol worship to be something of the primitive past in which people would bow down to items of metal or stone, even sacrificing children in order to satisfy a false god in an attempt to gain a more favorable situation in life. But the truth is, idol worship is alive in America today.
What does God have to say about this? Clearly, He has told us that we must not participate in idol worship. But just like many people in the past, many in our nation today have ignored His commands. “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity” (Ezekiel 14:3). “You have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire” (Ezekiel 16:21).
God makes it clear that idols in the heart are just as real and offensive to Him as physical idols. That includes the active pursuit in our nation of the idols of materialism, pride and ego, the worship of naturalism and science, and that of self-fulfillment. These types of idol worship have at their core the three lusts found in 1 John 2:16 — “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
Clearly the state of our nation is in dire trouble. What we need is a fresh revival God alone can provide, wherein people turn from their selfish pursuits, and seek that which the Lord alone can give us through Jesus Christ; that of a new life, and that of a heart attitude by which we consider others as more important than ourselves (Romans 6:19-23; Philippians 2:3-4).
I encourage you to choose true life. Choose Christ.
Jon McCartney is pastor of First Baptist Church of Tooele.