Thursday, July 5, 2012

Celebrate Yesterday?

Celebrate what? Our bondage to sin? The 4th of July. Independence Day. I love my country but it's hard to celebrate freedom when you can clearly see its enslavement to sin. I will celebrate when the people of this country are free, not while they are in bondage and can't even see it. America has no idea just how far it has fallen. There must be a widespread return to the Lord. We are presuming upon His mercy without the necessary repentance to obtain that mercy. We aren't talking about small human faults here...we are talking about grave sin and deep internal rot. So, am I supposed to rejoice and celebrate a nation so hardened by sin that what was once clearly understood as evil has not only become the norm but is thought of as "right" and "good" by millions?

"O daughter of my people, gird on sackcloth, roll in the ashes. Mourn as for an only child with bitter wailing, For sudden upon us comes the destroyer." Jer. 6:26

"But they refused to listen; they stubbornly turned their backs and stopped their ears so as not to hear. And they made their hearts diamond-hard...."  Zec. 7:11

"Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and be converted and I heal them."  Mt 13:15

"Let my eyes stream with tears day and night, without rest, over the destruction which overwhelms the
virgin daughter of my people, over her incurable wound.   Jer.  Ch. 14:17

"Give ear, listen humbly,
    for the Lord speaks.
  Give glory to the Lord, your God,
    before it grows dark;
  Before your feet stumble
     on darkening mountains;
  Before the light you look for turns to 
    changes into black clouds.
  If you do not listen to this in your pride,
     I will weep in secret many tears;
  My eyes will run with tears
    for the Lord's flock, led away to exile." Jer. 13:15-17


  1. I didn'f feel like celebrating on the fourth myself. I didn't feel like I was free at all.

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  3. Hi Monica,
    Yes, I know what you mean. The 4th of July was different for quite a few people this year. I read a few blog posts and spoke to some people about it. Did you read Karinann's post over at Daughter of the King? Here's the link in case you didn't:

    Jon McNaughton's paintings are amazing. Prophetic even.

  4. My Fourth of July post arose from the same sentiments you expressed here. I am so deeply sad for the light flickering out - the light of hope as we seem to be descending into terrible darkness. But Satan wants us to give up in despair so I continue to pray every day for deliverance for our nation. I'm heartened by the slow shift to pro-life and the energizing of authentic Catholic leaders. We have some really good bishops, too. Will God allow a nation dedicated to the Immaculate Conception to perish?