Our Hearts are Breaking


By Chuck Robison

On May 4, 1970 we were forced to confront the reality that our government was willing to shoot student-protestors as they challenged the Viet Nam War. On that day, at Kent State in Ohio, the war came into our living rooms.

We are at a similar place today. Only this is much more complex, dangerous and negative. I am not a fortune teller, but I am a qualified Futurist and I am able to connect the dots about what is happening to America right now and under our noses. This change in America is not going to end well.

Our so-called Christian Nation has now been taken over by people who are comfortable relating to each other in hatred. Today’s vocal Christians are comfortable spewing their hatred all over the landscape. And they do this while proclaiming that Trump, our most un-Christ-like President, is ordained by God to lead this process. These Christians are certain that God is an English-speaking White Anglo and that God, through Trump, wants anyone not white and not English-speaking to go back to where they came from.

Where did all of this begin? We are still too blind and too forgetful to see that. In 1956 I was 14 years old and remember laughing at this dumb statement from the fat Communist leader Khrushchev: “We will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade the U.S. We will destroy you from within….”

Today, our leadership…. all of it…. demonstrates a blindness to the fact that America has been overtaken by our enemies. And like the Trojan Horse delivered inside the gates of the fortress at Troy, our enemy, Russia, has installed a puppet to lead us to ruin. And all we, like sheep, have gone astray.

Perhaps you felt it when you woke up in 2016 to the news that Trump had won. Surely you have felt it since. Little by little, Executive Order by Executive Order, our country is being taken apart and we have forgotten the promises we accepted that justified Trump’s election. We have even forgotten his assurances that Mexico would pay for his wall.

The religious leaders of our day, unlike those of the past, now praise Trump for every hateful and destructive statement he makes, ignore every immoral and un-Christ-like thing he does and revel in the greasy stench of the political power they have groveled themselves into.

Perhaps you have felt this more strongly as time has moved on. Here we have America, land of the free and home of the brave, justifying paying $750 a day to private prison companies who cannot find it in their budgets to provide toothpaste to children who they separated from their parents.

What we have here is the experience of a National Nervous Breakdown. There is not a drug or a plan to make us feel better. Our hearts are breaking and deep down we know we are experiencing what other empires have gone through when the decline set in. There is not one iota of evidence, in all of history, to suggest that any empire has been able to right itself once in decline.

God may intervene and help us, but for that to happen, we must cut the cord to all the evil now consuming us. That means you and me being willing to pray our way into a better future and being willing to stand up for what we know is right, right now.

Angel in Disguise. HCN 2018-05-16

 

By Chuck Robison

 

America is on the ride of our lives, and if you are like me, you spend a lot of time trying to understand what this is all about.  After living under the leadership of one of the best educated and most highly respected US Presidents and observing that we were able to have eight years of almost no scandals, and our country and our President and his family were loved around the world, we now find ourselves losing friends and allies in every part of the world, becoming the laughing stock of the major powers and being led by a man who appears to have no clue, from day to day, what he is doing or why.

His Presidency is characterized by a series of lies (some count more than 3000 lies told by the President in the first 13 months of his first term), sex scandals, millions of dollars sent on golf trips for which his hotels and golf clubs charge the American people enormous sums, which go right into his pockets.

He has broken treaties and promises made by America and in so doing placed the world itself in mortal danger. Twenty years from now, this white man will be hated around the world for his refusal to value unassailable science which lets us know that we have a global crisis on our hands, which will only grow worse under this man’s arrogant, ignorant and blustery leadership coupled with our failure to honor God’s creation as Holy.

He has blatantly ignored and abused many of the Christian norms that have been a part of American leadership since the beginning of our country.  Remarkably about 40% of the American voting public seems to think he is a doing a great job.

A majority of this 40% identifies themselves as Evangelical Christians.  They even go so far as to say that, without question, he has been ordained by God Herself to this position and for this purpose.

And you know what, they may be right.  An old Rabbi friend of mine used to say: “God works funny.” This may be one of those moments. God may have chosen a man who thumbs his nose at God to work out Her purpose in this modern, fear- filled world.

Who is to say that by pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate agreements, God chose this man to set us off on a course that hastens the day when this global calamity, which we have all known about for most of our adult lives, occurs.

Perhaps God wants us to confront this tragedy looming on the horizon much sooner because She is tired of us not taking Her word seriously.  This also applies to the threat of nuclear war, of which America is the most powerful proponent.

God may be showing us She can use the least qualified man to ever hold the Presidency of the United States to change history for the better by making all of these tragic mistakes and accelerating the arrival of this looming global tragedy.

When it arrives, this tragedy will require the best of each of us and a powerful life of prayer to honor this God who created it all.

And when you pray, ask God to let this bitter cup pass us by.