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Great Generations

God is the author of liberty, and without God, surely the nation will collapse

The two competing factions in these United States have ideological differences that motivate them that are as different as the serpent’s and God’s in the Garden of Eden. While God made the right way of living clear to Adam and Eve, the serpent played to their self-interests and their desire to be “their own gods.” What happened in the Garden was just a preview of the differences the human race would support.

In modern times, “the Greatest Generation” was quick to defend our liberties by fighting in WWII. For them, a profound sense of patriotism was shared with passion.   As great as that generation was, they were still flawed human beings. While they shared a noble sense of patriotism, they also shared a history that was experienced in the Great Depression. Many had parents who stood in long bread lines so that they would have something to eat, or worked long and hard days for less than enough pay to sustain their families.

This shared experience did not alter their sense of capitalism, but it did alter what they inadvertently taught their children. They often said that they wanted their children to have everything they didn’t have. This sentiment paved the way for the materialistic and hedonistic ideologies that would soon develop among the spoiled Baby Boomer. Fifty years later, the classrooms across America supported a perverted sense of righteousness and socialism that would have embarrassed the serpent in the Garden of Eden. The “If it feels good, do it” generation of the 1970s added to the amorality of America with the sexual revolution, and mothers who once were the hands that rocked the cradles now became feminists who barely thought twice about aborting the babies in their wombs. For them, placing their own convenience above the well-being of their children subverted the protective instincts previously common among mothers. So, they rationalized their divorces and all-consuming careers that in many cases left their children as motherless as they were fatherless – with government-run schools and gangs being more than willing to fill in the emotional gaps. And Abraham Lincoln was proven right, as the philosophy in the classroom of one generation became the philosophy of government in the next.

Thankfully, not all of America fell victim to these new perversions. There were still those who were nurtured and raised with the fear of the Lord, but their upbringing wasn’t as commonplace as it was fifty years prior. If we are to judge based on the diverse and non-sensical protest rallies we are witnessing across the nation, the country is about equally split: half being secular hedonists who can justify anything that “feels” good to them at the time – even if it contradicts what they justified yesterday – and the other half placing righteousness above self-gratification.

As history has shown, cultural movements do have affects on the generations that follow. But there was another “Great” generational movement in our history that had a different affect on those living a mere 35 years later. It was the Great Awakening. It happened during an era when the young Colonies in America had enjoyed a long time of independence from Great Britain. By the standards of their time, many lived comfortable and prosperous lives, unencumbered by over-regulation or interference from the King. The Crown respected their autonomy and in return, they respected their relationship with the Crown. In their case, comfortable living led to a sense of self-reliance and political apathy. They still went through the motions of righteous living, but for many, the motions meant little more than attending weekly sermons that were watered-down and inconsequential.

Then something remarkable happened. It was in the person of George Whitfield, an English evangelist with a booming voice and a powerful message. His message was embraced by many pulpits across America who were soon “awakened” to the reality of God and His righteousness being something to embrace and live by. They taught their children the principles and precepts of an Almighty and loving God – a God who was to be feared as well as revered and loved. This was in stark contrast to the value of materialism that was inadvertently taught to the Baby Boomers. For the most part, the children of the Great Awakening were homeschooled, using the Bible as their primary reader. These parents taught their children more than just the words of the Bible, they taught them how to think critically about God’s precepts and principles. They learned that: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 9:10. And so, they became wise. A wisdom that would help them to understand the deeper meaning of Romans 13, or when it was righteous to submit to authority and when it was wise to protest and rebel against rulers that were not ordained by God. This understanding fired-up our pulpits and birth a new nation.

Looking back, it can be a marvel that they had such a firm grasp on God’s will. These ministers were given the term “The Black Regiment” by the British because of the black robes they wore. Due to their powerful sermons about freedom and their affect on the Revolutionary War, the British often commented that these ministers became the “regiment” that inspired the revolution, and was a regiment that was essential to its victory. The Black Regiment understood Galatians 5:1: “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery,” as well as Romans 13:4, 1 Thessalonians 4:6, and 1 Peter 2:14, all of which tell us that those that govern over us do so for our good, and conversely, those that do not govern for our good, do not have God’s blessings. They also understood that in this nation, our citizens were the true sovereigns and not some foreign power.

In order to understand God’s will, it is as important today to understand the whole of God’s Word as it was in 1776. For God is the author of liberty, and without God, surely the nation will collapse under its own perverted sense of righteousness – regardless of who may be our president. Should that happen, our expulsion from this City on a Hill will be as devastating as Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden. In order to re-awaken America, we need another Great Generation that understands that only a nation that worships and reveres Almighty God can stand against the wiles of the serpent or his many disillusioned servants. And we also need that generation to teach their children the true blessings of liberty and the foolishness of living by what is right in their own eyes. Then perhaps this great American experiment can survive, for without the mighty hand of God protecting us from the new breed of globalist tyrants funding today’s useful idiots, expulsion from our “Paradise” is less than one generation away.

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9 Responses to Great Generations

  1. Renee February 17, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

    Unfortunately RoseAnn, this generation is slipping further and further down the rung. And I don’t see how they are ever going to recover!

  2. fixr February 15, 2017 at 11:27 pm #

    Dear Roseann,

    I thank the lord every day, for the platform that Mychal has put forth here, that we can communicate amongst ourselves, and share our thoughts.

    At that statement, I don’t fear the lord, as you discuss in your writing. I know I am a sinner, But I am not in fear. I am though, cognizant, of the times when the hedonistic times (weakness) prevail. I don’t like this, but I’m human. I only place my hope that Jesus dying for my sins, comes into the forefront, in my reckoning.

    Our constitution could have been written by the lord himself, although he chose well read, religiously educated champions, to draft our founding documents. Whom did a tremendous job.

    I also believe that we witnessed a divine intervention, with the election of our current president. I only hope the lord can guide him forward, in the brutal path he must traverse.

    My wife told me of triple rainbows in Israel, today After double rainbows yesterday, after Mr Netanyahu had landed just here.

    Is the lord telling us something? I feel we should take note.

    Thank you for your wonderful articles, keep up the good work.
    enjoy reading your thoughts every Wednesday.

  3. RoseAnn Salanitri February 15, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

    God bless Mychal for providing this forum. And God bless our Founders for having the wisdom to incorporate the electoral college into the Constitution. Even back in their day they knew that we couldn’t allow the large population of the cities to rule over us. And YES, I think the only reason we’re still here in spite of all Obama did is because we still have more of a remnant than most imagine – although the large rallies of Bernie supporters just may be our canary in the coal mine.

    • Deb February 15, 2017 at 7:53 pm #

      I agree with you about the Bernie supporters. I always go back to the Margaret thatcher quote whenever I talk to one “Socialism is a great thing until you run out of other people’s money “

  4. Gerry February 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

    Roseann – This is exactly true; every word of it. It is just so sad that the people of this Country cannot all see it. Some of our people have become so brainwashed, we need a Great Awakening to bring us back to the one path. My grandmother used to say, “The Devil is Loose”. She would be in shock at what is going on today.
    May God bless you and your work. Thank you.

    • RoseAnn Salanitri February 15, 2017 at 6:34 pm #

      Thank you. I am hoping and praying that Americans will see the need to educate their children and not just commit them to the government. While many can’t homeschool or use private schools, they can fill in the gaps and teach what needs to be taught.

  5. Ruth W. February 15, 2017 at 3:34 pm #

    Totally agree. May believers rise up to meet the need.

    • RoseAnn Salanitri February 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

      Yes, Ruth, and I believe it will start with educating our children. I’m working on a program now that will be available to the churches to do just that.

  6. Deb February 15, 2017 at 10:04 am #

    Wonderful as always Roseanne. I do think, though, that a very large part of the Democratic base are really only located in the ant farms (big cities ), and the ant farm culture is what is broadcast on the news , talk shows and many TV programs (not sure I haven’t really watched TV regularly in many years ) and that there is still a strong Christian moral populace spread across the country. The sad thing for younger people though is that they no longer have strong role models. What I mean is strong people who do what’s right no matter what. I believe this is what is the draw for many “lost adrift souls” to convert to Islam because it is a theocracy (using that word purposely ) that demands that their followers do “the right thing” according to their often hateful and intolerant tenets, even at great personal sacrifice. The lengths that political correctness were taken to has encouraged Christians to shut up for fear of “offending” someone. Which is why I love the daily rant-no shutting up here. But we also in our personal lives need to be brave enough to stand for what’s right and call out what’s wrong if we are ever going to have true freedom and a culture of people who may not ever be perfect but who try to do God’s work and spread God’s love.

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