Have you ever seen a ship sink? Perhaps the first question should be do you know how a ship floats?
In the third century B.C., Archimedes, a Greek mathematician came to understand how water is displaced, creating buoyancy. Now stay with me…, Archimedes’ principle indicates that the upward buoyant force that is exerted on a body immersed in a fluid, whether fully or partially submerged, is equal to the weight of the fluid that the body displaces. If the weight of the water displaced is less than the weight of the object [ball], the object [ball] will sink. Otherwise the object [hull] will float, with the weight of the water displaced equal the weight of the object [hull]. The weight of ships can be calculated, designed and built into the giant cruise ships of today.
Ah, but what is the main reason ships sink? The answer is simply hull damage. When the integrity of the hull is compromised and water is allowed to enter the inside of the ship, then the ship is in danger of sinking. If a hole is created in the bow, water will flood that area causing the bow to go below water line. This tips the stern upward. If the port or starboard side of the ship has a hole, water will fill that side causing the ship to list to the left or to the right, depending on the location of the hole. Unless the holes can be repaired and the water removed, the result will be that the ship will sink.
I see America, as I have known it, to be tipping and in great danger! The reasoning and principles of the past are being ignored and scoffed at. The “American Dream” was the ethos of the United States. It was a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity of prosperity and success, and an upward progression of life for your family and your children’s children, through hard work. In 1931, James Truslow Adams defined it as “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. In 2015, the singer Rihanna sings a song called “American Oxygen”. Part of the lyrics are” Breathe out, breathe in American oxygen Every breath I breathe Chasin’ this American Dream We sweat for a nickel and a dime Turn it into an empire Breathe in, this feeling American, American oxygen American oxygen This is the new America We are the new America.”
“American Oxygen” seems to be a song about disillusionment and is without hope. America is only about making money (by the way, Rihanna’s net worth is reported at $120 million), is the impression I get from the lyrics. So I asked myself what is the new America and who are the new Americans.
We are a nation of people crazy about selfies, celebrities, leisure, of entitlements, etc.. We have lost our sense of community and doing what’s better for our neighbor, our city, state and country. I believe we are being directed toward a socialist society. In looking at history, we have seen that does not work, but it’s the direction we are going.
It is reported that 49.2% of Americans receive some form of government assistance. There are 46.2 million Americans receiving food stamps; the highest number ever. In 2009, unemployment benefits jumped to 99 weeks. Almost two years. When I was fired in 1991, I had about 26 weeks. I was unemployed for several months. Your mindset changes over time. You become dependent on a check coming in without you having to go out to work for money. Today, there are 101 million working age Americans without a job. That number is broken down into two groups: the officially unemployed (the number given by the government for the unemployment rate) and those who are no longer reported in the work force; that number is a staggering 90 million Americans. These are Americans who have given up hope of finding work.
My questions are these: What happens when we cross the 50% line? What happens when there are more people taking than those who are giving? What happens when the government taxes us more than we take home? What does that do for incentive? Why should a business person strive to succeed if the majority of the harvest is taken away?
The mindset of America is different now than when I was growing up. The “American Dream” was still alive when I was a teenager. If you worked hard and got an education, you had the opportunity to succeed. You may have not been a millionaire, but you had the opportunity to become one.
The “Summer of Love” occurred during the summer of 1967. A marked change in attitudes and morals took over the thinking of people my age. The mantra of the time was “Drugs, Sex, Rock n’Roll”. Trust no one over thirty! Do your own ‘thing’! Everyone has a ‘bag’ and in that ‘bag’ is their ‘thing’. Hey, Baby, love the one you’re with!! People with this mindset grew older and ran for political office. Many won their races to become members of Congress and of the Senate, and some became governors.
I know life is not an episode of “Leave It To Beaver” or “Father Knows Best”, but does it have to be “Platoon”? The call was for a revolution and a revolution in how we interact with one another is what we got. The ancient question asked by Cain about his brother Abel was, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” I believe the answer is “Yes, in that we are to care for our fellow man. We are not to do them harm.” The Book of Galatians teaches me I must help share the burdens of others, but there are some burdens that I must bear alone. Alone with strength and guidance from God.
Either during the “Summer of Love” or shortly afterward, I think there was a spiritual revolution as well. Christianity was for the old, for the uneducated, the narrow minded, for the weak. God Is DEAD!
America’s problem is not a political or economic problem, but it is a spiritual problem. It is a heart problem. We have turned our hearts from God.
In approximately 67 A.D. the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, a young pastor and pupil of Paul. These words were to inform him and to encourage him:
2Timothy 3:1-9 ESV 1But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
Do any of those people seem familiar to you? Do you see any of those folks on the news or run into them in Walmart’s parking lot? I do.
Paul finished the chapter with instruction for the Christian:
2 Timothy 3:10-16 ESV 10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra [Paul was stoned and left for dead in each of these places]—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Today’s world says black is white; wisdom is foolishness, right is wrong, 2 + 2 = 5 or 6. It is in favor of doing away with law and order and throwing away principles laid down by God’s Word. America is taking on water quickly.
Are we in the “last days” that Paul described? It appears that way to me. If we are, the question is have you surrendered your life to Jesus Christ? I would invite you to read “How Can I Become A Christian” that is one of my three pages if you have not. Christian, let us look for opportunities to hand out ‘life jackets’ to those who are perishing.
What do you think?