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Ruth Meyer

Why America Lost

The election results are in, yet the fight rages on over the White House. As the drama continues, one thing is abundantly clear:

America lost.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. We’ve already been losing for quite a while.

We’ve lost respect for law and order. The police are now the enemy, cities experiment with establishing “police free” zones, and there are cries to defund the police.

We’ve lost fair and unbiased news coverage. No matter how you voted in this election, you have to admit the media did remarkably little in the way of questioning Biden’s capability to perform presidential duties while at the same time downplaying Trump’s accomplishments and highlighting his character flaws. “Anonymous sources” were legitimate in reporting alleged remarks by Trump, while the media largely gave Biden a pass, even when he made major gaffes. He did incredibly few interviews and press conferences, and when he did, he was given questions that centered more upon his reaction to Trump’s presidency and what that tells him about the state of Trump’s soul. Never was he asked the kind of tough questions given to Trump. How can we trust media outlets that are so obviously biased?

We’ve lost freedom of speech as social media ceases to exist as neutral platforms and instead make themselves information police, deleting and blocking posts that don’t agree with their agenda. It happened with COVID and now it’s happening with the election. And please don’t tell me that “they’re private companies and thus have a right to delete things as they see fit.” When the blocked posts are consistantly against one opinion, it’s suspicious at the very least. And social media platforms that are global owe it to their users to allow free speech and an exchange of opinions. As a blogger, it’s well within my right to delete any comment that disagreed with my view on my blog. But people would justly call foul and I would lose credibility pretty quickly. Why are we not demanding the same integrity of social media giants?

We’ve lost our faith in the voting process as we’ve seen voting fraud in numerous cases. The video footage taken by Kellye Sorelle of suitcases rolling into a Detroit voting center at four o’clock in the morning and miraculous overnight vote dumps in certain states should raise major red flags. There is mathematical evidence of statistical improbabilities in Wisconsin and Michigan. A known defective computer system called “Dominion” was used in 30 states to count votes. (Unsurprisingly, mainstream media outlets are posting articles to the contrary, claiming these are “baseless” and “fabricated.” To that, I refer you to the above paragraph about news coverage.)

We’ve lost our civility. People seem unable to communicate politely with others who disagree with their stance. This has been made worse by the lockdown, where we’ve all been isolated. It’s made us edgy, scared, mad, and frankly, mean. Spend two minutes on social media and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

We’ve seen our nation boarding up businesses and government buildings in anticipation of riots after election results. This is what third-world countries have to do when there is a transfer of power. Yet here we are, America.

We have lost what it means to be a democracy.

But it goes back even further than this election. We’ve been doing this to ourselves for years.

We have lost respect for life. We have killed around 60 million of our own citizens through abortion since Roe v Wade. If counted, abortion would be the number one cause of death in this country, surpassing heart disease by over 200,000 deaths per year. This is genocide. We rightly condemn the Nazi regime for this behavior against the Jews and other people groups they disliked, yet we target the youngest and most vulnerable in our society, in the name of “women’s rights.”

We have lost respect for traditional gender roles. Radical feminism and the aggressive LGBTQIA agenda have turned our Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage and gender upside down. Now boys can choose to be girls and girls can choose to be boys. Same-sex marriages are legal. Men are shamed for their “toxic masculinity.” As a mother of both sons and daughters, this all frightens me. How can I raise my boys to be men in a society that shames them for being men? How can I teach my girls what it means to be godly women when feminism teaches not just that women are equal to men, but that they’re actually superior?

We have lost freedom of religion. Christian bakers and florists who refuse to provide service for same-sex weddings are publicly defamed and sued. How long before Christian pastors are forced to perform gay weddings that go against their consciences and beliefs? Christianity has become “intolerant” because its adherents take their beliefs from the Bible rather than going along with cultural opinions and trends.

History shows us again and again that when a society abandons family values, they fall. The Greek and Roman civilizations, for example, were once great on the earth but fell into decline. Dr. Carle Zimmerman (American sociologist, 1897-1983) identified eleven “symptoms of final decay” (18th slide) observed from both the Greek and Roman civilization, and every one of them describes modern-day America. Why should we be so presumptuous as to believe our country will last when others as great or greater have fallen? Historian Arnold Tonybee said, “Out of twenty-one notable civilizations, nineteen perished not by conquest from without but by moral decay from within.” Take note, America. This is where we are.

Make no mistake, we are in a dangerous place right now. There is talk of states seceding, of our nation breaking up. Perhaps that’s our future. Perhaps it’s inevitable. Perhaps it’s even for the best.

Yet there is hope. I’ve seen more Bible verses and prayers posted in the last week than ever before on social media. People are being shaken from complacency and realizing they can and should take a stand for what they believe in.

So let me tell you what I believe in.

I believe in democracy, when properly executed. I believe in the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to life at any age, traditional family values, and marriage between one man and one woman. Some will label me as intolerant. Hateful. Ignorant. I can live with that. Because as great as democracy and freedom is, I believe in something far greater.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

You see, there is such a thing as absolute truth; it’s not relative. We don’t get to choose our own versions of truth. As Booker T. Washington once said, “A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority.” I’m not here to spout my own opinions, because my opinions are flawed. Rather, I base my beliefs upon God’s Word, which is the only source of truth. God is the One who begins life in the womb at the moment of conception. He’s the One who instituted marriage between one man and one woman. He’s the One who commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. He died for all people, rich or poor, young or old, of every nation and tribe and people and language (Revelation 7:9). And one day every knee will bow to Him and every tongue confess Him as Lord (Philippians 2:11).

I won’t lie, America. We’re in a tough place right now. We’re divided and upset and have lost a great deal over the past number of years. Can we gain back what we’ve lost? That remains to be seen. I pray for repentance. I pray that God turns the hearts of those who don’t believe in Him. I pray that we, as a nation, will work to overcome our failings. I pray that we learn to value life at all ages. I pray that we learn to respect one another and discuss our differences rather than fight about them. I pray that we can truly say again that we are “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

It’s a tall order, to be sure. But any nation that can do that is a nation who wins.

Free Book Offer for Book Birthday!

This week marks the one-year book birthday of Stand Alone! To celebrate that, I’m running a free book promo for the Kindle version over this entire anniversary week, from Monday, September 21, through Friday, September 25. You do not have to be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited to get this deal (but KU members get the book free all month long!).

Here’s what other readers say:

Our favorite characters have returned, more mature and as real as ever, and they’ve brought with them some great additions. Join Meyer in her world of love, loss, growth, and Christian life together.
Sarah Baughman, Author of A Flame in the Dark: A Novel About Luther’s Reformation

When I pick up a book by Ruth Meyer, her characters draw me into their hearts and homes.
Deb Margrett, Teacher and School Librarian

Be sure to get your free Kindle copy by Friday!

Book Anniversary and Kindle Deal!

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It’s been one year since Hope Alone was released, and to celebrate that, I’m offering a Kindle Countdown deal! Starting today (Monday, July 6), you can buy the ebook for only 99 cents! (Free if you have Kindle Unlimited!) Each successive day, the price goes up a dollar until it reaches full price again on Friday, as follows:

Monday, July 6: $0.99
Tuesday, July 7: $1.99
Wednesday, July 8: $2.99
Thursday, July 9: $3.99
Friday, July 10: $4.99

Hope Alone is a Bronze Medal Winner for the 2019 Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards in the Christian-Romance-Contemporary category.

Hope Alone by Ruth Meyer is an amazing read. It features easily relatable characters that have been through difficult and tumultuous moments but whose faith serves as an anchor even in the worst of times. Faith’s family has been through it all. Their lives are far from perfect and sometimes they make mistakes. Still, their story offers a strong lesson on the liberating power of forgiveness and the unwavering presence of God even in the darkest of moments. Adeptly written, Hope Alone is an encouraging and eye-opening read.

Reader’s Favorite 5-star review

Take advantage of the deal while it lasts, and enjoy a good read today!

On Fire for the Lord

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Pentecost must have been an amazing sight to behold. Men were quite literally on fire for the Lord, as the Holy Spirit descended upon them in tongues of fire. The apostles began to speak in languages they did not know, so that everyone there could hear the Gospel in his own language. Some mocked the apostles, claiming they were drunk. But many did believe, and after Peter’s sermon, Acts 2:41 tells us that “those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” Whoa. Three thousand people? And a short while later, after Peter and John healed a lame beggar, John preached again about Jesus, and that day five thousand men believed! That’s astounding. Suddenly the growth of the Church in our own day can seem very meek in comparison.

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Audiobook Giveaway

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Grace Alone is now available as an audiobook! Thanks to my talented narrator, Leanne Bennet, for all the hard work she put into the production. Grace Alone is available on Amazon and Audible. To celebrate its release, I am giving away two free audiobooks. There are eight ways to enter the giveaway, so enter today for your chance to win!

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Through the Storm

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The disciples should have known better. Granted, they were in the middle of a fierce storm at sea, and the waves were breaking into the boat and filling it. These men, more than a few of whom were fishermen, were no strangers to sailing, but this storm was beyond their expertise. And somehow, through it all, the one person who could do anything about it was sleeping through it all! So they woke Jesus and asked, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” You can almost hear the panic in their voices, the accusatory look in their eyes trying to mask the fear. But they should have known better because, you see, Jesus had already made them a promise.

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Meeting Together Apart

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I sat in my car with my five children, rain steadily pelting the roof, the windows slowly fogging up with our warm air inside. We had only a limited view of the other cars around us in similar situations. My husband was leading a drive-in church service and had partially retreated to the open door of the church to avoid the rain. We could see neither him nor our fellow worshipers on Sunday morning, but we could hear him over a local radio frequency that had a limited range barely reaching the edge of the parking lot. This has become the new normal. Drive-in church. And I admit, it’s a bit of a letdown. My five-year-old, who was never terribly well behaved in church anyhow, no longer has to sit on my lap during the service, so he slides on and off his seat in the car. My other kids, who are generally quite well behaved in church, now have the freedom to whisper little side comments throughout the service or slouch back in their seats or take off their shoes. Sitting in our car doesn’t have the same effect as sitting in a physical church building with other congregants around us and the organ accompanying us for hymns. Listening over a radio frequency just isn’t the same.

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Drive-Thru Communion

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Three months ago, the idea of drive-thru communion would have been absurd. Most people would snort and roll their eyes, thinking that this is just one more case of how busy our society has become, always looking for convenience. But since the COVID-19 pandemic, drive-thru communion has become fairly common, people literally lining up to receive the body and blood of Christ from a masked and gloved pastor. Really, it almost sounds comical, like something you’d see in a bad movie. But in the absence of an actual church service, pastors have had to get creative in ministering to their flocks, and church members have had to rethink the way they worship.

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Normal is Overrated

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Believe it or not, I’m enjoying this quarantine. I know, crazy, right? I myself am surprised at this realization, and I’ve come a long way since last week’s post about Grudgingly Serving my Neighbor. Having five kids home all the time, doing school work from home, effectively making me into a homeschool parent, doesn’t sound like my idea of fun. And granted, there are moments every day where I’m sure I’m about to lose my sanity, but that’s nothing new. Such is the nature of living in close quarters with different personalities and temperaments. But something is different with all of us home this time around. This isn’t summer vacation or Christmas break. The kids are still in school, but they’re *only* in school—no extracurriculars. There is no driving time, no before or after school practices, no track meets, no UIL competitions. In short, it comes down to this: our lives have been simplified.

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