Prosperity hardens the heart.—
“In the past our nation was predominantly Christian, the religion.” A most concise expression of where America started from a religious/spiritual standpoint! The thing one must do, taking that starting point into consideration, is to look at where we are now, and then try to understand how we got here. Furthermore, we must ask ourselves a question, one that each of us must answer for himself/herself.
That question is simply this
From the spiritual/moral/ethical perspectives, are we better off as a nation now than we were 240 years ago, or worse off? How about 175 years ago? 125 years? 75 years? 50 years?
See if there is a way to connect-the-dots. Try to identify watershed decades, such as the 1860’s and 1960’s, when much societal upheaval took place. And then, the most fascinating question of all, did we as a nation have an ”Invisible Hand” guiding us to the place we now find ourselves? Did our present national moral and spiritual climate ”just happen” willy-nilly, without any prompting from anyone (human or spiritual entity or entities) with an agenda? How one answers such questions pretty well defines their world-view, and along with that their own personal spiritual and ethical approach to life.
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
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