In light of the Presidential debates and all of the news sources that claim to be able to “fact-check” the many statements made by the candidates who would lead this country, I decided to do a little fact-checking of my own. Here’s what I discovered:
- Since 1973, 54 million unborn American babies have been killed with the sanction of the United States government.
- The United States has the highest national debt of any country in history.
- American leaders habitually deny the growing threat of Islam, a religion that, when taken seriously, calls for all who are not Islamic to convert, pay a tax, or die.
- Abroad, the United States has largely ignored the plight of persecuted Christians who face near extermination in parts of the Middle East at the hands of Muslims.
- Iran is building an atomic bomb with our help. Meanwhile, Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah, tweets “death to America” and “death to Israel.”
- At home, the US government, which has historically recognized the central role the Judeo-Christian tradition has played in the history of this country, has instead become increasingly hostile to these same traditions.
- One out of every four American teenage girls has at least one sexually transmitted disease.
- In the 1970s, one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps; today the figure is one in six.
- Only 19% of Americans say they believe in their government, but 40% say they believe in ghosts.
- In 1960, “gay marriage” meant a happily married heterosexual couple. Today it means something altogether different.
- And finally, but hardly surprisingly, the percentage of Americans who believe in God is in steep decline: in 1944, the figure was an astonishing 96%; today the figure is 74%.
Now tell me again how Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump–who entirely ignore these problems, barely acknowledge them, or, worse, have facilitated them–are going to save us? My fellow Americans, by all means exercise your political rights and vote, but don’t put your hope in political solutions to spiritual problems. There is no quick fix to the above facts. Societies are not changed top-down; they are changed bottom-up, one heart and mind at a time.
I urge you to put your trust in this fact: Jesus Christ alone can save us from the evil we inflict on ourselves and on those around us. May God have mercy on us all.