We Wept

America needs a Jeremiah.

We need to return to the values that guided us for the last 235 years

Perhaps, we were too comfortable, life was too easy.

Prosperity, safety, hope for the future are declining. A recent AP-NORC poll found that 85% of those adults polled believe we are headed in the “wrong direction”. (Euphemism for fear, anger, regret? )

We have seen this before.

Despite multiple scripture warnings, religious history is filled with examples in which ingratitude and idolatry consumed the people.

Following the Jews’ return to idol worship and child sacrifice, Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Solomon’s Temple. The nation was exiled from Judea. Four Hundred, eighty-four years later, the Romans burned down the Second Temple and exiled Jews again. The Talmud states that the cause for both destructions was “baseless hatred” among Jews.

Meritless enmity is in itself, a form of idolatry. Recognizing the divinity of God requires a recognition and admission that each individual is unique and has a divine spirit. Jealousy, in the end, is a denial of God’s will.

The Founding Fathers knew the Bible well and relied on it to create the new American nation.

In 1787, after months of debate, the delegates ratified the Constitution and in 1791 though the First Ten Amendments added limitations on federal power over individual and state rights.

The American spirit is weakening.

It’s as if Satan were watching, toothpick in his mouth saying “Nice country you got there”.

We must save the “New Jerusalem”, as the American Revolutionaries called it or we will be like the inconsolable exiles weeping alongside the river.

About the Author
Elaine Rosenberg Miller writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous print publications and online sites, domestically and abroad, including JUDISCHE RUNDSCHAU, THE BANGALORE REVIEW, THE FORWARD, THE HUFFINGTON POST and THE JEWISH PRESS. Her books,, FISHING IN THE INTERCOASTAL AND OTHER SHORT STORIES, THE CHINESE JEW. THE TRUST and PALMBEACHTOWN are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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