Lois’ homeplace is just a few miles from the vast Daniel Boone National Forest. Even for young, healthy, able-bodied hikers and climbers it can be a dangerous place. Last week a man hiking a path that I have hiked before was attacked and nearly killed by a Black Bear in the Red River George. In September of last year a part-time census worker was hanged with the word FED written on his chest. In the gorge a path that looks like it is leading through the woods may stop abruptly at the foot of a huge, dangerous precipice. While hiking I have often seen signs bearing the names and dates of death of young people who had fallen from the cliffs in the forest. It is a wild, beautiful, dangerous place.
While visiting one summer the word spread through town that an elderly woman with dementia had wandered into the forest and was lost. Hours passed then the sun set. The hunt went on through the night. She was eventually found after spending the night wandering in the dangerous wilderness and she was treated for exposure and dehydration.
America has spiritual dementia. She has forgotten God. America is wandering in the wilderness, naked, wounded, confused, vulnerable, and in great mortal danger. She has lost her bearings morally and spiritually. America’s condition is not medical, it is moral and spiritual and willfull. She has willfully forgotten God. She has chosen her sin over God’s law. She has walked away from the God of her fathers.
Jeremiah 2:32 Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number.
Most Americans have forgotten God’s providence, protection, blessing, and provision. They have forgotten the Lord’s Day. They have forsaken God’s law and disregarded his word. Millions have disregarded God’s warnings against fornication, adultery, and sexual sin. Most live to seek their own profit, positions, and pleasures. They pursue ease and recreation and all but ignore God. If you watch the mainstream media you will see that America has forgotten the facts about her spiritual heritage and her godly founders. She has forsaken the gospel, the law of God, and the mercy of God. She has forgotten the love of God. She has rejected the truth about creation and put her faith in pseudo-science instead.
More and more she has mocked the word of God and the prophets of God. She has disregarded the law of God. She walked willfully away from God. In most cases Americans feel no outward antagonism for God, but they do not have appropriate affection for God. The do no worship or serve him and they are not thankful. They are not aligned with God through the gospel.
About the past creation and the coming judgment of God Peter says that mockers willfully forget God. It is an act of determined rebellion. For this they willfully forget… (2 Peter 3:5 See also 5-14)
Ezekiel 23:35 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back, Therefore you shall bear the penalty Of your lewdness and your harlotry.’ “
Faithful people of God in dark times will gather and write a book of remembrance (Malachi). They will form a faithful, godly remnant and trust an omnipotent God to do what is best. They have the Spirit within them so they will never forget.
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Psalms 44:17 All this has come upon us; But we have not forgotten You, Nor have we dealt falsely with Your covenant.
July 4, 2010