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“We Need To Weep Over America”
                        “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea we wept, when we remembered Zion.”    (Psalm 137:1)
Israel finds itself in Babylon due to its sin. They are being held captive in a strange land. They perhaps find a sense of solitude beside the rivers of Babylon. Maybe they are momentarily able to escape the pressures of the city and find a little relief by stealing away to banks of the river.

The flow of the waters of Babylon seemed to provide solace for their tears. The drooping willow branches reflected their downcast demeanor and reluctance to sing the Lord’s song. Their enemy taunted them and asked that they sing the songs of Zion. They rather preferred to remain true to their sorrow brought on by their captivity.

The only thing worse than captivity in a strange land is captivity in one's native land! I reflect upon America during this time of its celebration of liberty, and have somewhat the same emotions of the Jewish captives. The only difference is that I sometimes feel that I am being held hostage in my own country!  I literally weep when I remember America.

We again celebrate our independence during this 4th of July holiday. We again reflect back on our country’s heritage and foundation. We quote the founders and shed tears of patriotic sentimentalism at the singing of the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance to our flag. This is all good and right. We are Americans. I, however, weep when I remember America. I can remember it because I now have lived many years and have had the benefits of life, history, and experience.

I wish I could sincerely sing, “God bless America” but recognize that America is not earning God’s blessings due to its grievous sins.  America does not qualify for God’s blessings, for America, day by day, is distancing itself from Almighty God. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12) Sin has reproached our country. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)

I remember an America before the 1962 supreme court decision making it illegal to pray in school.  I remember an America before a 1963 court ruling that made reading the Bible in public illegal. I remember an America before the 1973 supreme court decision to legalize abortion.  I remember an America before the 1980 court decision to outlaw the Ten Commandments from display in public schools.  I remember an America before the 2003 supreme court decision to strike down a Texas law banning the public practice of homosexuality.  I remember an America where marriage was clearly defined as the union of a man and a woman and the recent gay marriage celebrations in California would never have happened. I remember a time when homosexuality was still called “sodomy” and viewed as perversion instead of an alternative lifestyle. I remember an America when the supreme court would never strike down the death penalty against a perverted pedophile that raped and killed a innocent little child!

I remember an America when wars were fought to be won and nothing less than victory constituted pulling troops out.  I remember an America when Democrats and Republicans supported our country at war and it was considered treasonous to travel abroad and trash America!  I remember an America when all war veterans would return home as heroes.  I remember an America when radical anti-American groups were not welcomed and it would have been unthinkable to protest against the existence of a marine recruiting office in an American town!

I weep that America would discount the price tag of American citizenship by taking the stigma from the word “illegal” and actually rewarding those who come to this country illegally.  Our immigrant forefathers cherished the sight of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island represented the beginning of life in the best country on the face of the earth. I remember an America when learning the Spanish language was an option and not a requirement for carrying out business in certain parts of this country. I remember an America when people became citizens with full intention of doing what they could do for a country that had welcomed them with open arms.

I weep for I fear that my country is being sold out from within. Liberal politicians, special interest groups, and blatant socialist organizations are gaining more control by the day. Many Americans are buying in to political rhetoric that change is what is needed and are too naïve to get educated as to what the change involves. Many are not seeing that some politicians are proposing change in government which actually is a change towards more socialism. Multitudes of our youth have been educated by professors who have brainwashed them into believing that socialism is better than democracy. Many of the politicians are recommending changes in culture. What they mean is a pluralism that emphasizes the culture of the various ethnic groups in our country to such an extreme that our own American culture runs the risk of being destroyed.
I am angered each time I pull up at a gas pump and know that my gas money is funding the very enemies that our country is at war with. It doesn’t make sense that our young men and women are dying in the Middle East in our fight against Muslim terrorists, yet we are helping fund the terrorists by remaining slaves to OPEC. I am angered that our politicians are the ones responsible for this fuel mess for they are the ones holding us back from tapping into our own God-given oil resources. They have allowed the animal rights people to influence their vote yet they are apparently too confused themselves to understand that the health of a polar bear is not quite as important as the economic health of this country.

I weep when I remember an America that knew its history and school children studied our founders yet see today wide scale ignorance when it comes to American history. The founders gave testimony of their belief that national preservation and success depended solely on the guidance of Almighty God. They wrote: PATRICK HENRY – “It cannot be emphasized too strongly, or too often, that this great nation was founded – not by religionists – but by Christians . . . not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” JAMES MADISON, our 4th President –"We have staked the whole future of American civilization on our capacity to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." DANIEL WEBSTER –"If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering, but if we neglect its instruction and authority, no man can tell how soon a catastrophe may overcome us."  Ronald Reagan later said, “Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

I do, however, believe that weeping does have its benefits. It can be beneficial for any people when coupled with remorse and repentance over sin . “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” – II Chronicles 7:14

Pastor Chuck Peters
Smith Grove Baptist Church

“He Maketh No Mistake” by A.M. Overton

My Father’s way may twist and turn,
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I’m glad to know,
He maketh no mistake.

My cherished plans may go astray,
My hopes may fade away,
But I’ll trust my Lord to lead
For He doth know the way.

Tho’ night be dark, and it may seem
That day will never break,
I’ll pin my faith, my all in Him,
He maketh no mistake.
There’s so much now I cannot see,
My eyesight’s far too dim;
But come what may, I’ll simply trust
And leave it all to Him.

For by and by the mist will lift
And plain it all He’ll make,
Through all the way, tho’ dark to me
He made not one mistake.





If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.






There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear.

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.


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