America is in deep trouble.

Everyone realizes it, even people who just voted for “four more years” in the recent election. A Rasmussen poll from August found that just 14 percent of Americans think that America’s children will be better off than their parents. And another survey found that 63 percent of recent college graduates–who voted overwhelming for President Obama–believe that the American Dream is dead.

Like many Americans, of all ages, I find perspective and inspiration in the Bible. In its pages, we are reminded that we are not the first to suffer; in the Book of Joel, we read of “a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness.” And that’s how I feel today: Dark clouds are above us, shadowing our lives, and they are growing darker.

We Americans have been blessed, that’s for sure, but one doesn’t have to be religious to see that we have been careless and reckless with our blessings–and so we risk losing them.

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