While today’s scientists dispute its basic premise, we have all heard the story of the boiling frog. I believe it is a good analogy for our country today.
The story is about a frog that rests comfortably in a pot of cool water. While the frog would normally jump out of boiling water, as the water is warmed slowly the frog stays put and eventually ends up perishing in hot, boiling water.
The story is intended as a metaphor for life. The moral of the story is that if we become complacent about the little things and allow them to pass without notice, one day they will consume us!
I believe this simple story told to children over the years can be used as a sad commentary of life today in the United States.
There is moral decay all around us. Many people of faith agree that we are losing our beloved country to a bevy of special interests, the activity of secular humanists, socialist thinkers, progressives, and practically every type of thought that runs counter to the tenants of God.
As if those Americans elected to the seats of power are too busy pandering to special interest groups, those who pad their pockets and others who extend special favors wasn’t bad enough, now we have corporations stepping in to dictate our country’s social and moral agenda – as we see in actions related in legislation in Georgia, North Carolina and Mississippi.
The media have reported extensively the political correctness of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal in vetoing the state’s religious liberty bill – in an effort to keep Georgia’s lucrative and powerful corporations from pulling up stakes and relocating elsewhere outside the state.
Now we have Baptist Press reporting in a recent story that, “At least nine U.S. cities and five states have banned non-essential travel by government employees to North Carolina, Mississippi or both, claiming religious liberty bills adopted there discriminate against homosexual and transgendered persons.”
It seems that corporate America – which sells you and me the products and services we rely on in everyday lives – is siding with the forces of evil.
With power comes great responsibility – and these corporations are attempting to frame a social agenda to the America people that many find morally objectionable.
While not all Americans are religious in the sense that Christians understand, there are still a majority of Americans who are getting tired of politicians and the liberal elite telling us how we should live our lives – all while taking away or challenging many of our basic freedoms.
I’ve said it in this space before, it is this feeling among voters why a presidential candidate like billionaire Donald Trump is receiving so many votes and garnishing so much support. People are fed up.
Ironically, it appears that Trump’s bid to be the GOP presidential nominee could be derailed by members of the GOP establishment. Indeed, those in power who helped create the problems that so many voters seem to care about have said they will have their way – in spite of what the voters are saying.
On the Democratic side, dysfunctionality is also apparent in the chosen candidate of the party – Hillary Clinton – as she is being strongly challenged by none other than self-professed Socialist Bernie Sanders.
The point in all of this is that our country seems to be dysfunctional at all levels, and the danger is that we give up and allow ourselves to be pulled down along with the dysfunction we see every day as we live our lives and seek to honor Jesus Christ.
Now, more than ever, Christians should be resolute in our thinking and in our actions, Christians should strive to not just practice our religion on Sunday, but set the example of and demonstrate how God would have us to live a life of righteousness.
When David faced times of intense persecution and danger, he prayed not just for protection from his attackers but – even more – for protection from sin:
“Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. . . . Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you” (Psalm 25:4-5, 20-21, NIV).
We should pray without ceasing for our country, for those in authority over us and for God to heal our sick land – all the while readying ourselves for the fiery darts that may come our way as we seek to honor and serve God as aliens in a foreign land.