America is sick. We are not only struggling with COVID-19 and its ramifications, but now we are shocked and embarrassed by the wanton destruction of property and the savage murders of our own police officers. Nationwide. While all this is going on, the memorials for the deceased George Floyd seem to outnumber recent ceremonies dedicated to those who died for world freedom 76 years ago on the shores of Normandy. And, of course, the Reverend Al Sharpton has shattered his own land speed record, prompted by the sound of a lens cap being removed in Minneapolis. All this under the pretense of civil protest. And keep in mind that crimes committed in retaliation for slavery and oppression are still crimes.

The protests may be justifiable, but the riots are not; and they are not about systemic racism, that new buzzword that enables the left to blame the right. They are not in protest of the killing of a black man by a white police officer. They are about power. They are about hatred. They are about greed. They are about surrendering to Satan and his minions.

Our struggle is not against racism, socialism, the extreme left or the extreme right. It is not between Democrats and Republicans. It is not between Trump-haters and Trump-supporters. It is a war between good and evil, and its roots go back beyond George Floyd and Ferguson and Rodney King, beyond the Civil Rights Act, Jim Crow and slavery, beyond the Emancipation Proclamation, and even beyond the birth of this nation. The struggle originated in the Garden when Eve was seduced by the serpent and ate of the forbidden fruit, and it continues to this day. It is a war between good and evil.

French political scientist and author Alexis de Tocqueville once remarked that America was strong and prosperous because of America’s churches. He said that, because of its churches, America was basically “good.” That was before our Supreme Court ruled that Christian prayer in public schools was unconstitutional and banned displays of a Christian nature. After all, the Supremes reasoned, a display of the Ten Commandments might result in our students actually obeying them. Horrors! Then our Supremes decided for us that the murder of unborn children was constitutional—that is, legal. Now we are witness to more horror as millions of babies are aborted for reasons no more compelling than that the mother wanted to continue playing professional tennis. Next SCOTUS made a mockery of marriage by legitimizing the marriage of same-sex couples. Little wonder that heterosexual couples no longer bother with marriage. The ceremony once held sacred is now performed by anyone who can claim divine authority through an online certificate. The ritual is now meaningless, which renders many relationships meaningless. Even the appointment of a now-and-then conservative Chief Justice has not stopped the flood of evil being approved by the highest court in our land. I would be willing to bet that Monsieur de Tocqueville would turn over in his grave—twice—if he only knew how America had “progressed” to this state. Maybe three times.

America is gravely ill and needs a shot of God’s righteousness in the national derriere. The country needs to return to its Christian roots, pray for forgiveness, and turn away from the evil which we not merely tolerate but actually promote. Consider the following biblical verses:

2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:19-20: But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.

Because America has abandoned God, He has now abandoned America. That’s where we are as a nation today. Our country is sick. We are gathering momentum on the downward slope to socialism, a political experiment that has failed miserably every time. I believe it was Churchill who once said, “Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth. Socialism is the equal distribution of misery.” What a pity that America has not recognized Churchill’s wisdom.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Amen.

JERE GUERIN

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CARTERETISCORRUPT

Our country has lost its moral compass. Folks don't know what sex they are; all manner of sodomy is supported in the name of diversity; burning, looting and murder are political events, and "die ins" ? Really? A felon thug is killed fighting with police and the country burns; our military are killed and no one cares.

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David Collins

Just a thought on editing by staff . It is your prerogative to edit as per your disclaimer . There is also a thin line to becoming another Twitter or Facebook . Not a condemnation , just for consideration . Enough said .

JohnnyR

I'm pretty sure Mr. Guerin means we should all be forced to return to his very specific version of Christian religion? Never mind the bible has plenty of pro-slavery passages but zero passages that slavery is wrong, don't think that's going to help with the current racial issues.

The world needs to face reality, I don't think we need more mythology.

David Collins

Guess that refusing to allow comments on the hot button issues is spreading . The Jacksonville Daily News has joined the N T on this . Begs the question , what are they afraid of ?

Might want to read our terms of service, especially the part about just being a jerk. If your comment or part of your comment does not appear that is the reason. If a comment thread gets nasty all comments will be deleted.

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dc

A thug with over 100 arrests strikes a 92-year old woman while passing her on the street causing her to fall & hit her head on a fire hydrant. Why is he on the streets? Does our liberal justice system & culture care? This is just collateral damage to revenge the social injustices of the past & occasional bad cop &/or poor policies, training, etc right?

David Collins

Ouch ! Quite familiar with the terms . Try not to transgress but this is an opinion page . Used to be that it’s purpose was to encourage lively discourse revealing different views and opinions . Perhaps if you required everyone to use their real names instead of a screen name , the jerhkyness along with the other sins, would take care of itself . You know , the old stand up and be counted thing . Just a thought .

JohnnyR

Uh David, you do realize there are many unstable people in this world, right? The nice thing about anonymity in a discussion forum is the freedom to speak your mind without worry that some nutjob isn't going to show up at your house at 3am...

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David Collins

Yeah , I get that . On the other side of the coin , anonymity also brings out the worst in some . A sense of invincibility and it shows on other opinion forums . Quite often they post things that are totally not true , they know it , and try to do harm or incite others to do harm . The alphabet media is bad enough these days without help from the peanut gallery .

Of course , my screen name just might not be a truism . One never knows these days . Only the shadow knows !

CARTERETISCORRUPT

It has been stated here about someone who doesn't like a posting showing up at your house. That would be great fun indeed!!!! Otherwise and to the point, this rioting and looting has got to stop. Liberals won't stop it; it falls on conservatives to do it for them. While not a fan of all things police; they are necessary to some extent. The recent shooting in Atlanta was justifiable. If you attack an officer, you take your chances. Seizing an officers weapon is just as risky; you take your chances. The fact the attacker was black is secondary. The media has gone nearly completely anti-american, pro-socialist, and anti-justice. They also support all things anti-white folks. However, the recent call for repeal of immunity for police against civil suit; is a superb idea. Many know for years I have been calling for repeal of judicial immunity, as it enables corruption in the courts; and immunity with police is the same. Only by accountability and vulnerability to legal suit are we able to hold those in power to answer to the taxpayers who pay them. There should be no immunity for any judicial or law enforcement official. Ever. They should be held to the highest standard. I have seen the very few in the Beaufort Police who need to be long ago removed from office. The bulk of the officers are good, but there are a very few rotten apples who stink up the whole lot. Without recourse, the stinking will continue. Accordingly, we must be fair to the good officers and support them. We must not be so quick to judgement; as we have seen in Atlanta, who are about to lynch a good policeman to appease the riotous mob.

SandFiddler

If our country's leaders had been doing what they should have been doing for many, many previous years, this country would not be in this sickening and very sad state of affairs. Morals have gone down the drain. Everyone is bickering and fighting. Law enforcement has completely lost control. We're dealing with a plague which people are not taking seriously. People seem to be self serving and disrespecting one another. We need good leadership that will stick to America's founding principles and our "Creator". Until we have that, our nation's problems will only increase.

drewski

Whom do you suppose Jesus would vote for in the coming election. The bible tells us Jesus shielded the prostitute from the self righteous mob. Jesus was angry with the money changers in the temple and literally threw them out. The jesus I learned about in sunday school was about compassion, reaching out to the poor and the sick, and not afraid to upset the authorities with his words. All the comments here about moral rot, and the doom coming. Judge not lest ye be judged.No where in the bible does it mention the prosperity gospel. I am so tired of hearing supposed Christians bemoaning the state of things and condemning others. What exactly have you done to help your fellow man today? While you rant and fulminate about abortion, there are 2 orphanages on I95 above Fayetteville slam full of children who need a home. More than 23,000 children will age out of the US foster care system every year. After reaching the age of 18, 20% of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless. It is so easy to condemn others rather then to reach out a helping hand. Be more like Jesus and less like Pilate.

David Collins

Still , less than 1 % infected . Go figure .

David Collins

Stumbled on this today . Certainly worth a read because this guy gets it . Liberal College turns on professor for disrupting “System” , by Michel Austin , June 18th .

dc

Looks like everyone's world view isn't what many may think &/or hope it would be especially the Left.

"Muhammad Ali's son says his father would oppose 'racist' Black Lives Matter movement and support Trump". By Andrew Mark Miller. He further said that Antifa are no better than Muslim terrorists. Smart man.

drewski

Well his father did not support nixon. Is there some giant importance to the views of ali's son? Or Ben Carson & Candace owens. Thats 3 people. How about the comeback rally in Tulsa, 6200 people according to fire dept, 19000 seats avail, outdoor areana taken down even before he started to speak. 1 tweet today.. Things are not looking good for Nov.

David Collins

Would you attend a indoor rally for anything or one these days ? I think not . Not worth the chance taken . I will be showing my support come November , when it counts . Hopefully I will still be around and able to do just that .

JusticeForAll

Balance. Our polarized world needs more and right now both sides are dead set on only their point of view. Know that concept seems too simple, but step back and give it thought.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Balance does not mean compromise. Conservatives have for far too long compromised and look where it got us! Balance would be a return to a Constitutional government, everyone stand on their own feet, real equality instead of the anti-white discrimination we see now. We are polarized due to the seriousness of the issues: Freedom vs. Socialism, Government control vs. individual freedom, and yes, stark communism. My whole life my freedoms have been under attack; and I am tired of it all. If the war is going to start (and it will); it must start while I am somewhat able to be of use. We must end liberalism cancers that are eating away at our nation; a malignancy of major proportions. Balance? That fulcrum point was left behind long ago.

JusticeForAll

CIC- thank you for the insight.

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dc

There are different factions involved in the current national destabilization whether radical elements, ignorant beliefs, communists & fellow travelers, innocent followers-of-a-crowd, etc but they are intentionally or not contributing to a weakening of a stable Consfitutional Republic which has heretofore managed to overcome much more serious problems than those giving rise to the current situation. When a young man or woman sees an object used for a perfectly useful purpose to represent a completely different and emotional symbol of past violence, suicidal tool, etc then maybe an adult should reassure him or her that their emotional attachment to said object is not justified & not rational rather than contribute to the irrationality. The world is witness to these types of weaknesses & both external & internal enemies to our national stability will take advantage of every opportunity to further destroy it.

mpjeep

Opinion page, yea right. My opinions get edited all the time and some not posted at all. Gotta remember this is a liberal newspaper.

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