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COLUMN: Our greatest sin is forgetting God

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By George Smith

We are blessed to live in America. James Buchanan, in his 1857 inaugural address said, "No nation in the tide of time has ever been blessed with so rich and noble inheritance as we enjoy." These words could as easily have been said today.

James MacArthur, in his book, Can God Bless America, says, "America wants God's blessing, but not God. Our nation has systemically pushed him out of the national consciousness - rejecting Biblical morality, ignoring his word, and relying on the political and entertainment arenas for moral guidance."

The result is that we are financially, morally and spiritually bankrupt. The politicians, economists, and sociologists are scrambling to find a cure for our nation's woes.

Our liberties, our way of life and the very future of our nation are being threatened. Global terrorism on Sept. 11, 2001, was brought to our country.

Radical Islam is a great threat with an ultimate goal to rule the world. Immorality is a national threat. Dr. Charles Stanley says, "We are eroding from within - the heart, the home, our young children. We're destroying ourselves. We don't need some foreign nation to destroy us."

America's greatest sin is forgetting God. Ronald Reagan said, "If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."

God will not allow sin to go unpunished. Psalm 9:17 says, "The wicked return to the grave and all nations that forget God."

God's plan for a bankrupt nation is in 2 Chronicles 7:14, in which he says, "If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then, I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Our greatest need is personal and national revival, which will come when we acknowledge our sinfulness, demonstrate a willingness to turn, and allow God to take control of our lives.