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watching a nation die

by Rev. Bruce W. Dunn

I BORROW THE t it l e , “Watching a Nation Die,” ' from an editorial in the Presbyterian Journal, by Dr. Nelson Bell, a Christian physician. There are many ways to die. One can die by dis­ ease, by starvation, by malnutrition, by suicide, by violence, by murder, by accident. However it comes, among the saddest deaths is that of a young boy or a young girl, perhaps in their teen age or younger, or in young adulthood. Their parents have brought them up through some testing times, have seen them through elementary school, high school, perhaps even college. Just about to move out into the stream of life with high hopes and great aspirations, suddenly they are cut off. It seems to me as we look out on our land of America today, we face that more saddening expe­ rience. Is not the U.S.A., one of the younger mem­ bers of the families of nations o f the world, with a very glorious and wonderful history, in the provi­ dence o f God? It has been so vital, so alive, so dynamic, so progressive, so wonderful in the way that it has risen to a position o f power, prestige, glory and might in the world, the envy of the na­ tions of the world. The plight in which we find our­ selves today has surrounding it this additional weight of sadness and grief as we see America in its relative youth approaching an hour when that young life could end! That person who sticks his head in the ground and will not face the seriousness of his disease is very unlikely to accept any real remedy that will help him. One of the first steps toward any kind of cure is to face the facts. I honestly believe that we are even now watching a nation die! What a sad story it is! Many share this opinion. I was inter­ ested to read in a late issue of U.S. News & World Report, the reprinting of an article written in the

Portland, Maine newspaper, by a woman writer. She begins: “Unless there is a change deep down in the American people, a genuine crusade against self-indulgence, immorality, public and private, then we are witnesses to the decline and fall of the American republic. Death on the highways, a pack a day, cheating from the top to bottom in our so­ ciety, get rich quick, breaking up of the family, altering foreign policies, reckless debt. These have destroyed nations before us. Why should we think we can take that path and change history?” “Watching a Nation Die 1” A theme like that will be greeted with ridicule in some quarters. People will point to this affluent society in which we live, the material blessings that are ours, the rather bright material prospects that seem to be just ahead, and they will say, “What are you talking about? We never had it so good.” When I hear that, I think of that great text in Revelation 3 :17 spoken to a church, to which God said, “ Thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing, and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” We are at this moment watching a nation die. This o f course presupposes a certain fact upon which most of us would agree. It is that the death or life of people or nations is in the hands of God. This we have lost sight of in the U.S.A. and in the world. The death or life of empires, kingdoms and nations does not depend simply upon economic fac­ tors, on the party in power, on the ingenuity or the wisdom of men, or the lack of it, although these factors certainly are present. Ultimately and finally, the destiny of nations and men is in the hands of God. How then do nations die? The same way that individuals die. They die by disease. Who can look



out over U.S.A. today and not see that our whole society is a huge, cancerous sore! It seems to be spreading, and spreading, and spreading. What shall we say about the morality and the sex obsession which grips America today? Several years ago, sociologist Dr. Sorokin of Harvard Uni­ versity printed a little book called The American Sex Revolution. He makes no profession of being a Christian or churchman o f any sort. He comes out in the plainest of terms and says unless there is a change in America, we are doomed for the ash heap. No civilization, no empire, no nation, has sur­ vived obession with sex and impurity. They have never survived it and we never will. As we see it eating at the heart of America today, we are watch­ ing a nation die by disease. It’s on its death bed, because a holy God handles the destiny of nations. People and nations die from disease! Disease is eating the heart out of America. A Miami psycholo­ gist says sex is not a moral question. For answers, he says, you don’t turn to a body of absolutes. The criterion should not be: Is it morally right or wrong, but is it socially feasible? Is it personally healthy and rewarding; will it enrich you in life? He adds that this has become the view of many Protestant churchmen. He says that they are be­ ginning to feel the same way. “They are no longer shaking their finger because the boys and girls give in to natural biological urges and experiment a bit. They don’t say ‘stop, you’re wrong.’ They say, ‘Is it meaningful?’,” he insists. What kind of folly is this? I am very sure that in this sex-obsessed age in which we live, any red-blooded American pagan boy would certainly say, “ Sure, it’s meaningful!” , and continue on in his sinful way. He needs to hear the “Thou shalt not” of a holy God. Watching a nation die! I appeal to young people to stand by Christian standards o f morality. You’ll be a happier person because of it. Don’t be fooled by the low standards of today. When you indulge in pre-marital sex relations, you sin against God! You sin against yourself. You sin against your own body! Hold to the high standards set forth in the Word of God! Just because everybody is doing it doesn’t mean that it is right. Just about everybody is going to hell, too. But who wants to go there? No, you don’t say, “ Is it meaningful, is it socially feasible, is it personally rewarding?” Is it the will of God, or is it not ? That’s what counts! D e a t h b y S t a r v a t io n Then, again, men and nations can die by starva­ tion, by malnutrition. I suppose these ways of death are all related the one to the other because malnutrition and a wrong diet can make one an easy victim to diseases that kill. Would you say that America today has the right kind of diet? Our country is not being fed spiritually, in spite of there FEBRUARY, 1967

being more church members than ever before — millions of church members. America dies by star­ vation. The churches totter first and then the nation totters. We are only as strong as we are spiritually strong. The average church today gives you a lot of sweet nothings—book reviews, maybe a dance downstairs a couple times a year, — maybe lots of social life, but you won’t hear about a holy God. You won’t hear about judgment. You won’t hear about hell. You won’t hear that truth propounded in the Psalms that says, “ The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God.” No au­ thoritative Word of God binds men’s hearts any more as once it did. We have forgotten that we are dealing with a holy God, the Lord of history. We are dealing with a God who is not to be trifled with. Empires, na­ tions, and kingdoms have come and gone before us always by the sovereign act of God and by the weight of their own sins, and our position is no dif­ ferent. That which destroyed them will destroy us. We are on our death bed. D e a t h b y V io l e n c e You cannot only die by starvation; you can die by violence. It may be se£/-inflicted, or inflicted by someone else. Both of these are true, as we look out over America today. We are on the road to being victims of assassination nationally. In another sense, we are also on the road to committing sui­ cide! It seems to me that nothing gives more evidence of this than the appraisal of Communism that seems to hold weight today. I am absolutely ap­ palled and amazed at how naive many in high places in Washington can be today when it comes to this bitter, vicious, atheistic foe that is set to bury us. We seem unable to understand, even at this late hour, that Communism is a world conspir­ acy, is a world unity, and when the showdown comes, there’ll be no division between the Red China and the Soviet brand. I honestly believe that most suicides come as a result of some temporary mental imbalance. Our country today has evidences of an insanity present that is driving us down the brink to suicide. Make no mistake about the Soviet bear that would like to strangle us to death by taking over Latin America, and in time, I suppose, cut off our world markets and put people out of jobs at home, and be the cause of seething, boiling unrest in America. Appeasement, concessions, compromise, backing off, giving in : this is the order of the day. America may have gained a world of wealth but it has lost it« soul and strength! We’re scared to death. Around the world people think they can take our money with one hand and slap us in the face with the other. We talk of leadership, but apparently 11

aren’t giving any to anybody. We are on the suicide road. When Dr. Howard Kershner, head o f the Chris­ tian Freedom Foundation, was in London a year or two ago, a top official in the Communist govern­ ment said to him, “We’ll be over to finish the take­ over of America sooner than you think.” Says Dr. Kershner, “Note the words, ‘finish the take over’ . I came back to America with those words ringing in my ears, and I studied into the matter.” This Russian, who spoke to him, presides over a whole floor of a large government building in Moscow; 300 scholars work under his direction. They have all the important newspapers, journals, and books, published throughout the civilized world. They work on projects he assigns. Their reports become the basis of Soviet policy. Dr. Kershner said, “ I saw there every leading periodical and paper pub­ lished in America and other advanced countries.” At one point this Russian said to him, “You know as well as I that a mixed economy is not perma­ nent, and you have already mixed so much socialism with your formerly free economy that you cannot now avoid complete socialization. We do not have to urge you or fight you. We have only to sit here and wait until you voluntarily walk into our camp.” Said Mr. Kershner, “ I have said this myself on many occasions but I was surprised to see this Com­ munist leader accept the rapid socialization of America as indicating beyond doubt that we are headed toward Communism. He smiled at me self- assuredly as though he were perfectly confident that we were already in the trap.” D e a t h b y A c c id e n t There’s another way to die. Not only by insanity that leads to suicide, or by murder; you can die by accident. All is smiles and sunlight and happiness one moment and then a screeching of brakes and a grinding crash. Somebody is fatally or seriously in­ jured. How quickly it happens! Let us not think we have lots of time, because we don’t. Unexpect­ edly and suddenly, the death that we are now watching, will come to pass. Well, what can we do about all this? Must we just sit by with aching heart and sadness of soul and see a nation die? Let me suggest three possible courses of action. First, perhaps a deathly sick patient would be helped by a change of doctors. Unless we can get rid of the domination by the lib­ eral establishment of the present American political scene, we are doomed right now. We have men heading the delegations in the United Nations and elsewhere that have already made statements about internationalizing the Panama Canal and in­ ternationalizing this and neutralizing that and also who are for world government and the eventual giving up of our national sovereignty. Neutralize, internationalize, are despicable words. God is not

neutral and neither ought we to be. There’s an old Gospel hymn, the chorus of which says, “What will you do with Jesus? neutral you cannot be.” When righteousness is involved, nobody can be neutral, — men or nations. You can’t be neutral when human freedom is at stake. When the liberty to preach the Gospel to tribes and nations that have never heard is at stake, you can’t be neutral. Secondly, you can pray and hope for a miracle. I’ve seen people doing that, too. Brokenhearted loved ones by the sick bed say, “ 0 God, 0 God, give us a miracle.” That’s about what we need. Let’s not discount that. Let’s not say, ‘God is not in the mira­ cle business.’ Don’t you forget i t ! God has saved na­ tions by a remnant of praying, believing people. England was ready to go the way of the French revolution when John Wesley was raised up in the providence of God and he preached in the church yards, in the fields, and stood on the tombstones and preached the Gospel of Christ and transformed England, and saved i t ! Seek the face of God. There’s a third suggestion I would make. Some­ times people at the gates of death are helped by a blood transfusion. New life comes in and the color comes back into the cheeks and sometimes the re­ covery is complete. Because the only people in America today that have the blood, the life to give, are the people of God. New life must move from the donor into the sick one—at a cost to one but as a gift to the other! The new life comes. This is the need in America today — more Christian people who will say, “Lord Jesus Christ, I give myself to Thee, for what You can do with me, to somehow put new life in our nation. It’ll cost me something but I’m ready to pay! I am going to witness for Christ. I’m going to speak the Gospel. I’m going to live a consistent Christian life. I’m going to speak up for the things that are right. I’d like to see our spir­ itual sights be raised. If it takes a blood transfu­ sion from me to do it, Jesus Christ, here I am.” That’s what we need. God says, “ If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sins. I will heal their land.” It’ll be done only as we do what that early Christian church did. They had no boards behind them; they had no finances. They had no organization; they were just a group of peo­ ple, that went out one by one and taught and preached Jesus Christ. And beatings and jails and threats couldn’t shut them up. They were fools for Christ! They were radicals, they were fanatics, they were out o f step with the age. They were ultras and extremists! But they transformed the world and upset the things that plague us now. The rem­ edy is the same, — God’s people giving America a blood transfusion. We watch a nation die; God help us to renew its life !



T h is is a g r e a t d a y for “ getting along.” I do * not mean “ getting on.” That is another mat­ ter. A generation of frantic go-getters, kept going by stimulants and rested by sedatives, madly races on trying to get rich, to be popular, to be success­ ful. Before the family hearth-fire one evening some­ one said, “ I hear that So-and-so is getting on in the world.” From her rocking-chair, Grandmother asked, “Which world?” Most o f our getting on these days is in the wrong world. I am thinking of another matter, however. It is a great day for getting along with everything and everybody. Of course, to a reasonable extent one must learn how to live and work with people, to adapt and adjust and make such concessions for the common good as will not violate principles. But we have gone far beyond that. To get on nowadays one must be diplomat and politician, an oily opportunist, changing color on every back­ ground, merging black and white into a smudge of indefinite gray, talking out of both sides of the mouth, being everything to everybody. That sort of “ getting along” is indispensable to “ get­ ting on” toward prosperity and success. The trouble today, however, is that we are getting along with the wrong things and not get­ ting along where we should. For one thing, THE FREE WORLD IS TRYING TO GET ALONG WITH COMMUNISM. We call it “ peaceful co­ existence” , a term invented by the Communists themselves. We might as well try to get along with smallpox. If a gang of outlaws broke out of prison and began to infiltrate our community, we would hardly try to arrange a conference with them to talk things over and iron out our differences. Com­ munism is a world-wide satanic conspiracy of or­ ganized lawlessness that abides by no rules but its own. By negotiating with them we recognize them and confer upon them a dignity and a status due only to decent people. Where no honor is in­ herent none should be conferred. We executed Hitler’s henchmen and put out Tojo ’s gang, but now we do business with an outfit even more no­ torious. The first awful blunder was made when we recognized Soviet Russia in 1933. Communism is a cancer on the body of humanity and we do not peacefully co-exist with cancer. Such a malig­ nancy should be isolated, outlawed and quarantined by all peace-loving peoples. Trying to get along with it is morally to sanction it. There is no way to peacefully co-exist with godless anarchy on the loose. We cannot reconcile the irreconcilable. No truce is possible. “There is no substitute for victory.” This business of getting along with the wrong thing shows up in the church today. Just as Com­ munism has infiltrated the free world and seeks to undermine and overthrow our government, just so has unbelief crept into the church. Satan works



more havoc as an angel of light than as a roaring lion. Liberalism and modernism have stolen schools and churches where once the Gospel sounded forth and have turned them into Ichabod Memorials, sad monuments to a glory now departed. The old fun­ damentalist-modernist controversy had its faults, but at least it brought the issue into the light. To­ day BELIEF IS TRYING TO GET ALONG WITH UNBELIEF. Religious bodies boast of including in their membership those who accept and those who deny cardinal doctrines of the faith. Some who call themselves conservatives heap scorn on fun­ damentalists but it is to be noticed that they have no condemnation for liberals. Two cannot walk together except they be agreed. A New Testament that bids us welcome no false teachers into our houses, reject heretics after the first and second admonition and let preachers of another gospel be damned, certainly offers no encouragement to believers to try getting along in faith and practice with unbelievers. We are to live peaceably with all men but not at the cost of convictions. Paul’s being all things to all men does not mean compromising the truth in order to have fellowship with those who deny it. The new appeasement and tolerance confers upon false teachers a status which is not theirs. There can be no peaceful co-existence with false doctrine. That has been tried in days past and where man tried to get along with heresy and have peace at any price, the flag of infidelity now flies. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with un­ righteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? . . . or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” There is no “getting along” there! Furthermore, THE CHURCH IS TRYING TO GET ALONG WITH THE WORLD. This is an­ other impossibility. God calls it adultery. “ Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? who­ soever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4 :4 ). There can be no concord between Christ and Belial. “ If any man love the world, the love o f the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). We are strangers and pil­ grims here. “This world is our passage but not our portion.” “ This world is not your rest.” The Chris­ tian who sings: “There is no other way but the way of the cross”

must be prepared for the last verse: “Then I bid farewell to the way of the world, To walk in it nevermore.” The church has lost her pilgrim character and is trying to get along with a world system that is no friend of grace to help her on to God. Ever since Constantine joined the church and made it fashionable, this policy of peaceful co-existence with a pagan age has been popular but the true church and the world can never mix. We are in­ deed in the world though not of it and must indeed rub elbows with it. I am not speaking o f that brand of Pharisaism which is separated from sin­ ners but not from sin. Nor am I thinking merely of card-playing, dancing and a few other selected sins. I mean the lust o f the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life, all that pertains to this unregenerate humanity. Coming now to the individual Christian and his spiritual experience, we find all too often THE NEW NATURE TRYING TO GET ALONG WITH THE OLD. Here again there qan never be peaceful co-existence. “The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8 :7 ). The average Christian has never moved into the lib­ erty of the eighth chapter of Romans. Indeed one wonders whether most of them have ever reached even the seventh chapter for they are not trou­ bled about their defeated lives. Can the blessed­ ness of the eighth chapter be reached without something of the bitterness of the seventh? We came into this world with an old nature. When we were born again we received a new na­ ture. There can be no armistice between the two. But there can be victory through the Spirit. And “ there is no substitute for victory.” But the new man cannot “ get along” with the old. He is to put off the old man, not put up with him. The flesh is to be dealt with not by compromise but by cru­ cifixion. “ Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” (Rom. 13:14). That does not sound like getting along with old Adam. Somehow we have gotten the strange idea that as Christians it is our business to get along with everything and everybody. We are not public-re­ lations agents out to get the church and the world together. We have gotten them together to an alarming degree, at the cost of our power and tes­ timony. The Scriptures do not encourage such



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