2 PETER 2:20-21 "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the Holy commandment delivered unto them."
It would be very easy for a person to read this scripture spoken by Peter, and fail to see it as the great message God's Holy Spirit gave him. This scripture can reference individuals, but was most probably intended to influence Nations. And from that view point, all Americans can feel proud that our ancestors had such a strong faith and love for Christ, they gathered their meager possessions, left their kin and homeland, entered small unsafe ships, and crossed a wide ocean to brave an unknown wilderness: all to gain freedom from worldly minded leaders so they could worship God as their conscience dictated. They had a great fear for the awesome power of Almighty God, but that Godly fear promoted such a love for God that it caused them to do what they did. There is scripture that teaches it is impossible to love God unless you fear Him. It is vitally important that we seriously consider the success of our pioneer Americans who so feared God they endured the terrible hardships that arose and built the solid foundation to undergird and support our USA which is known as the greatest Nation the world has ever seen. But this can not be a message to you unless you pause and realize that great fear for God that caused this Nation to become the greatest, is fading fast from America's lifestyle.
Your Bible will show that God has many times punished people and nations that became sinful enough to anger Him; and His punishment was often without mercy. In an effort to stir your thinking and close this writing, please pause long enough to try to visualize what is happening in America today. Can you even imagine what a wonderful world we could have if all Americans feared God like the early pilgrims, mentioned above, and if we could possess the love and faith they had for God and His Christ? There would be no abortions, no rapes, no adultery, no divorces, no thieves, no stealing, no murder, no lies spoken to hurt others. What is America's future if there is not immediate repentance?