There’s no question we’re facing difficult and hard times ahead. I’ve been asked why I believe the times are going to be worse in the future than at any other time in American history. My answer…in the past God, faith, and church attendance were part of the everyday life of the vast majority of the people in our country and patriotism was high. Family was the core of society. Half the population lived in rural areas, women stayed at home caring for their family, making their clothes, gardening and canning. Debt was reserved for homes, land or major purchases and paid off as soon as possible. This is not the norm today.
As a child of the fifties, I look back at the prosperity of our nation. Our childhoods were carefree. We roamed our neighborhoods playing in the streets and parks. As soon as we were old enough, we took off on our own and played until supper time. Though most came from poor to middle-income families, we had most everything we needed and much of what we wanted.
We could work hard and improve our life. We went to school, studied hard and when we graduated we were able to get a good paying job. Though college was important, people could succeed without going to college. However, if you chose attend a university, education was reasonable and loans to attend college were repaid in a short time.
Gradually things changed. Prayer was taken out of schools and the sexual revolution began. Abortion was legalized. The absolutes we understood and lived by were changed. Little by little God was removed from our society, schools and government. Man’s philosophies replaced God’s wisdom allowing evil to move in to take His place. The ideas of “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” changed to “what is my country going to do for me? It’s my right to be happy and the government needs to provide the means to that happiness.”
We have gone from little debt both personally and nationally to great debt for both. Bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosures, large credit card debt and lack of personal responsibility have increased at all levels of government, society and income brackets. The cost for a college education has risen until today it takes years to pay. More importantly, after graduation it is difficult to find a good job at reasonable pay making it even more problematic to pay off the loans.
As the years went by, people moved to the cities. More and more people began to look to the government to provide for them instead of working for themselves. I’m certain many fell into welfare programs even though they wanted to find work but could not find a job. Yet, a great number have no problem taking handouts and even demand more.
Our politicians learned they can buy votes by taking from the working people and giving to those who do not. They call it income redistribution and equalization of incomes. Yet, as the number of working shrinks, there are less and less moving our economy, paying taxes and more taking from it. All this had brought us to the place we are today. There is no question, if we remain on the path we’re on, our country will collapse. We cannot maintain the debt and spending we currently have. The government will run out of money and inflation will steal what little we have left personally.
While all of this has taken place, Christians have stood on the sidelines and remained relatively silent. Now, as we begin to speak up, we are called intolerant, hateful and numerous other nasty names. We are paying the price for standing by in silence while God was removed from the public square. We are reaping the harvest of seeds we sowed of indifference and not standing for righteousness and holiness.
Flee to the Mountains deals with all of this, in a fictional setting. It gives my personal ideas of what is ahead if we maintain our current path. I invite you to read this story of where I believe we are headed.