How Did We Get In This Mess?

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. ~ Proverbs 29:18

This verse has been misquoted, misused and even selfishly abused at times. The first half of the verse is generally used, but the second half is almost always left off. Usually this is because the second half doesn't jive with what they're trying to make the first half mean! I like the way it is translated in the CEV; "Without guidance from God, law and order disappear.".
How did the greatest country in the world get into the kind of economic mess we're in today? I think this verse illustrates the problem perfectly. We (and by that I mean everyone who has done it and everyone who has not done anything to stop it) have taught that there is no God. And since there is no supreme law-giver, there is no real truth. We have taught that there is no moral right and wrong, but that everything is relative. What's right for me isn't necessarily what's right for you. There was a time when the Bible says everyone "did what was right in his own eyes" because they had no one to lead them in righteousness. What goes around surely seems to come around, doesn't it?!
The problem is that what is right in some people's eyes is "I'm going to get mine even if it destroys you!".  We have CEO's who think it's alright to accept a 5Million dollar bonus even though they led their companies into financial ruin. They lay off thousands of workers and still take their bonuses! And then they have the gall to ask the taxpayers  (many of whom they have just deprived of employment) to bail them out! This is just one example among many.
Without the Word of God to lead us, we're heading into complete lawlessness. When we don't recognize God's existence and His guidance, law and order, right and wrong, liberty and justice, what we have always called "the American way", will cease to exist!
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Psalm 33:12

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