The above quote from Winston Churchill was given in a speech delivered to the British House of Commons on December 10th, 1936, just hours after King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in response to the harsh criticism he received from the Church of England, the British government, and the public, for his decision to marry an American divorcee, Wallis Warfield Simpson.
In this speech, Churchill went on to say that “Nothing is more certain or more obvious than that recrimination or controversy at this time would be not only useless but harmful and wrong. What is done is done. What has been done or left undone belongs to history, and to history, so far as I am concerned, it shall be left”.
According to Churchill, there was no going back from the decision that had been made. King Edward VIII had made his choice, and for the country to survive in an era of impending war, the only way to do that was to move forward and not spend time on what might have been. Dark clouds were on the horizon, and it wouldn’t be long before the nation would come under a near catastrophic attack from the German Luftwaffe, an attack that very nearly brough the nation to its knees.
Today, America stands on the brink of implosion. Historians are in near total agreement that the nation is now more divided than at any time since the Civil War. Those same dark clouds of war that surrounded Britian surround this nation as well, with the frequent saber rattling of China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea serving to remind us that we no longer enjoy the status as the most powerful nation on the earth. That fact alone should send shivers down our spines.
In Churchill’s day, it was expected that the leaders of the government would stand up in defense of the populace. Indeed, having someone like a Churchill or a Roosevelt guiding the affairs of the nation offered great solace to its people, especially in times of grave uncertainty about the future. The fact that both men regularly brought God into their speeches and conversations further helped to instill confidence in the people they served.
Sadly, in America today we can lay no claims to having such leadership. Just the opposite is true. Instead of uniting a divided nation, we are seeing played out before us the ultimate dividing and conquering of a once proud Republic.
In what has to be one of the most devastating root causes of the unprecedented dismantling of America currently underway in Washington D.C., America is no longer “One Nation Under God…”. That’s because we are no longer “One Nation”.
We are a divided nation, a nation of many isms and schisms all vying for supreme control while giving no indication of a willingness to compromise or bring about unification. Instead, detractors and dissenters must be silenced. Unlike the America that our ancestors enjoyed, where opinions and diversity were considered to be our strengths, today those qualities are allowed to exist only if they can be used to gain an advantage over ‘them’.
I’ve said this many times, and it becomes more apparent with each passing year, that we have become like ancient Israel, adopting the customs and ideals of the heathen nations around them, nations whose sins eventually engulfed the people of God and led them back into captivity. Today America is drowning in a sea of perversion, filth, and debauchery the likes of no nation ever before. Even the ancient Romans, famous for their deviant lifestyles of sexual promiscuity and idolatry, could not have dreamed of such a corrupt and perverse nation as ours.
Perhaps most shocking of all is this: like Britian of the 1930’s, America today cannot go back to what it once was. It cannot happen, it will not happen. No rallying cry to make America great again can effectively turn the tide or reverse the trends of today. We as a nation have gone too far in our rejection of God Almighty. It will make absolutely no difference who lives in the White House. America will never again be the land of Mayberry and Aunt Bea.
Why can’t we go back to those wholesome and peaceful times we cling to in our memories? Because America has forsaken the God of its forefathers, and every nation that has committed such an atrocity has eventually succumbed to the sins it has chosen to embrace.
Astonishingly, there are several scriptural references that parallel the moral and spiritual decay that envelops America today. For example, we find in the Old Testament book of Hosea a chilling message given to the nation of Israel that could just as easily been given to our nation today.
1 “Hear the word of the Lord, you children of Israel, for the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. 2 By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, with bloodshed upon bloodshed. 3 Therefore the land will mourn; and everyone who dwells there will waste away with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air; even the fish of the sea will be taken away.
4 “Now let no man contend, or rebuke another; for your people are like those who contend with the priest. 5 Therefore you shall stumble in the day; the prophet also shall stumble with you in the night; and I will destroy your mother. 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children”. Hosea 4:1-6
When confronted with these words from the Bible we are sure to have one of several responses to them. We may consider them as something so out of date and irrelevant that we immediately dismiss them. We might look at them and say, “well that was for Israel, not America”. Or maybe we will look at them and agree that we are seeing history repeat itself before our very eyes.
One thing is certain, however. Just as Churchill stated, we too cannot look back. The only path left to take is the path the apostle Paul talked about in Philippians 3:13: “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead“.
Those things “which are ahead” are why we run this race. Reaching forward is the opposite of returning to the past. Paul saw no need in clinging to what was, or to what used to be. Like Churchill, he understood that what had been done or what had been left undone was best committed to history. What mattered was right now. What mattered was reaching forward.
I’m looking ahead to a new Heaven and a new Earth where godliness and righteousness are the rule, not the exception. Sin, brought about by man’s disobedience to his Creator, has corrupted and all but destroyed this earth, leaving me to feel more and more as though I don’t belong here. As a matter of fact, I don’t want to be here any longer. This place is not my home, it’s only a temporary residence that I’m occupying until He comes.
I don’t know what America and the world will look like when Jesus comes again, except to say that it’s going to be much worse than it is now. The downward spiral the world is in will continue; with society slipping further away from the God who longs to redeem them. Is it any wonder then that Jesus asked the question in Luke 18:8 “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
Still, I am not discouraged, because I know that nothing will take the Lord by surprise! I’m running this race so that I might win the crown of righteousness. I’m in it to win it, and I’m determined to let nothing, or no one to cause me to lose what I now have in sight. The finish line is just ahead, and I intend to cross that line in victory! We cannot afford to look back!
Have a blessed day in the Lord,