Warning - This is the longest post I have ever made on V8Buick Edouard, I am not a master of scripture. In fact, I am not a master of anything. I really am sorry that you can't be comforted. Or maybe I should say, won't be. Because I think you can be, as nothing is impossible with God. With us, yes, with Him, no. Unfortunately, there is not much I can do about these emotions you have. i will pray for you but I'm not sure you even want me to or care if I do. Nonetheless, I can. You might not be alone in your feelings or position. Conversely, many millions if not billions of people trust Christ. Your depressed feelings about the country are happening because you may be putting too much faith in your country and more importantly in man himself, to do the right things. Unless you can get past that expectation of mankind, with his sinful, deceitful, prideful, arrogant flawed nature, you will always be disappointed in the direction of not only this country, but any country on the planet. There are people who want the truth and there are people who mock and scorn the truth. This is no surprise. Heck, have you seen the Passion of the Christ? This is as accurate a depiction according to biblical history as anyone has ever come to seeing what He endured for our sakes. It was probably worse. If the world did that to Him and hated Him while He was actually here, so much more now people that follow Him are scorned. As I cited yesterday, God's wisdom is foolishness to those who deny it. Some people just choose to close their hearts and "live life to the fullest". The term "fullest" as defined by a God fearing Christian and a God hating person has two entirely different meanings. For a Christian, it is living for Christ. For an unbeliever, it is living for self. It's really that simple. Even as a believer I sometimes struggle with one foot in the world and one foot in the kingdom, spiritually. I am human and have a human nature that I battle every day. Each day is a new day. it is a war for my soul between good and evil. I cannot battle evil on my own. I need Jesus to do it for me, by me placing it in His hands and then being obedient to His word. That is my personal story. I have no hope without him. Is it easy? Yeah right.... And you are not correct when you say Christianity is not universal. There are people getting murdered right this second all around the world for not denying their allegiance to Christ. However, you will never hear about these faithful followers on the mainstream news. Because Christians are a hated people, because they first hated Jesus. I have to show you one more series of verses if you would bear with me. If you attempt to survey the status of Christianity by looking at this country, it is an F-. The ones who really know Christ the best sometimes are the ones in 3rd world hell holes getting their drinking water from cesspools and living in shacks with mud floors. They understand the value of something as simple as a toothbrush. In this country, it is a challenge for us to even appreciate the value of a second home or third car. is it any wonder we are far from God. We are our own gods in this country, who needs God right? Is it any wonder why Christianity is thought of as a fairy tale in USA by so many? Who needs Christ, right? we have everything we need because we are awesome. The truth is, when life comes crashing down, where are these self-sufficient people? Where are they in their spiritual strength? This world will not last. It is temporary. Eternity is permanent. The sooner we get that through our thick skulls, our entire view of life changes. I know you needed a pep talk, but nothing I say can possibly make you feel better. The only thing that heals is truth. John 15:18-27 The World’s Hatred the words of Jesus Himself “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant[a] is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 It is to fulfil the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without a cause.’ 26 But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me; 27 and you also are witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning." One thing God never did was create a pill that was easy to swallow, when it came to revealing to the world the truth about ourselves. He can only speak truth and there are no lies in what He said. I need zero convincing that the moral underpinnings of western civilization will be undermined and our civilization will collapse. In fact, I whole heatedly expect it. Not because of anything that "I" predict but because again, in God's word, (sorry, have to do it) He says: 2 Timothy 3 Godlessness in the Last Days " But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people." BUT He also said: Revelation 21 “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people,[a] and God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the fountain of the water of life without payment." The thirsty are you and me. Those who thirst for truth, justice, righteousness and a desire to know the One and Only. Hey man, I'm sorry for this huge long post. There's probably a lot of people doing :boring: and but hey, it's all good.