Slipping Away

The political and economic events of this past week reminded me of this earlier poem.  Do you suppose that perhaps there is a connection between morality and a nations direction?

Slipping Away

A nation once founded on solid ground
strong in conviction
wore faith as a crown
but soundness gave in to a slow degradation
eating away at the heart of the nation
and jeopardizing its soul

strengthened in hard times
darkness and bleakness
growing in stateliness
surviving with braveness
wars and depression
a future of brightness . . .
til with subtle aggression
it turned from the God of its birth

with political hacks
in drowsy awakeness
pretending a discipline
groping faux greatness
and the courts of the land
while making decisions
say ‘no’ to the sacred
with wholesale revisions
forgetting from whence they came

with marriage in sickness
hearts growing callus
clinics with swords leave a mother childless
with morals declining
not finding a bottom
producing of grapes from the vine of Sodom
fermenting a poisonous wine

with sin guised as freedom
with little contrition
and cultural addictions
a common condition . . .
by scenes of our crumbling foundation
a sadness sets in at the sight of this nation. . .
slipping away

~JD Collier

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”  Prov 14:34 NIV

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth —  he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.”  Ps 33:12-15  NIV

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