Declaration of Dependence

@FourWalls (13340)
United States
July 4, 2016 12:08pm CST
NOTE: This is a religious-based discussion. Nothing included in this discussion applies to atheists or people of polytheistic/nature-based religions. it's a big holiday in the US, the anniversary of the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, making the United States of America an official nation. Maybe, on this holiday, the believers in this country should look at a Declaration of Dependence. If you look at the choices we have for president this year, they can only be summed up as "bad and worse" (or maybe even "terrible and awful"). Why has our political choice deteriorated to this "bottom of the barrel" selection? In my opinion, it's because the US -- specifically, the religious people of the US -- have done exactly what Israel did long ago. God wanted to be their leader, but instead they went to God's prophet, Samuel, and told him that they wanted an earthly king to take God's place in ruling over them: "You said to me, 'No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the Lord your God was your king." (1 Samuel 12:12) In the late 70s a slew of "televangelists" rose to prominence in the US by preaching politicial change. Among these were Jerry Falwell and his "moral majority" and Pat Robertson. These men began preaching "vote for this person to bring America back to God" instead of "repent yourself." As a result, we have a generation of Christians (predominantly conservative Christians) who think that the way to "restore America's greatness" is at the ballot box and not through obedience to God. The Bible says that's wrong, that only God can change man's heart. So on this "Independence Day" maybe these people who think that the answer is in who the next president or Speaker of the House will be need to step back and declare their dependence on God...where it should be.
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@Corbin5 (103218)
• United States
4 Jul 16
Putting all our faith in the leaders of this country is a futile pursuit anyway, so God being the one depended upon is a wise move.
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@teamfreak16 (40916)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Jul 16
I'm an atheist, but I do agree.
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@chris2050 (1335)
• Manila, Philippines
6 Jul 16
Well, if many people could see it from your perspective, that would be great, because, what happen to America usually affect many countries. Many people around the world look at America, not only as an example, not only as a Model, but for many, it's even the dreamland. If American turn their dependence to God, that will affect many other countries, and the real change will arise. As for now, we just have to dream about it...
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@amadeo (64024)
• United States
4 Jul 16
Well said there.could not say any better.
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@Hanyouyomi (1943)
• Dallas, Texas
8 Jul 16
@FourWalls This was the first of your posts that I've read and frankly... I'm debating on whether or not I should read another... Good Grief... Whelp, upside is I now know what happened to cause "faux-christians" as I've come to call them to rely on the ballot box... Down side is I've never anything so stupid in my life. No wonder my parents took me out of the church and left the choice of whether to follow or not up to me... Good Grief...
@FourWalls (13340)
• United States
8 Jul 16
@Hanyouyomi -- I don't know exactly what you find so stupid. I'm vehemently opposed to Christians saying that people need to vote for this politician or that politician in order to make America a "godly nation" again. I thought I made that clear. Everyone else reading it understood. So, please, tell me where I've failed in communicating my point.
• Dallas, Texas
8 Jul 16
@FourWalls I apologize for not clarifying, as I was too dumbfounded to be coherent... But yeah that whole "vote for [insert politician here] to make America a Godly nation again," is what I found so stupid! I mean What the frizzled madness, man? Plus I thought this nation was founded on the principles of religious freedom. Where'd this whole:"America's a Godly nation" thing come from? But yeah, your writing was clear and you got your point across perfectly. But it's because that I understood what you were saying with this post that I'm so agitated that I wanna smash something. Because I've seen and read about these "faux-Christians" as I call them do and say some dumb stuff, but voting for a politician to make America a Godly nation again is way up there with the dumbest things I've seen.
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@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
5 Jul 16
Why do we need any leader? Governments can serve and help people and when it comes to making the real important decisions God can also be remembered. “Now let's build a city with a tower that reaches the sky, so that we can make a name for ourselves and not be scattered all over the earth.” - Genesis 11:4
@louievill (18408)
• Philippines
4 Jul 16
" in God we trust" not on who we are electing or who gets elected. The same thing happened in our country just lately, people want change, putting trust not on God but on majority vote.