Alan Dean Artist

A Righteous Band of People 

The Last Day When   I   look   at   the   United   States   today,   I   see   a   country   that   is   on   a   collision   course   with   self-destruction   that   is   subject   to   drag   the   entire world   down   with   it.   The   Founding   Fathers   of   this   country   had   their   tests   and   challenges   before   them,   but   they   did   their   best.   I   believe   that God   was   pleased   with   the   moral   foundation   and   hopes   that   they   laid   down   for   this   country’s   future.   Those   who   fought   in   the   Civil   War   to free   the   slaves   made   their   sacrifices   for   this   country.   Their   sacrifice   gave   this   country   a   new   opportunity   to   live   up   to   the   code   of   justice that   was   instilled   into   the   laws   of   this   country   by   the   Founding   Fathers.   Even   those   who   supported   and   marched   in   demonstrations   in   the fifties   and   sixties   made   their   sacrifices.   They   stood   against   those   that   were   doing   wrong   when   called   upon   and   their   sacrifice   finally ended racial discriminations in the institutions of this country. Now   we   the   ones   who   are   enjoying   the   benefits   and   blessings   of   everything   that   came   before   us   are   failing   our   challenges   and   tests.   The United   States   is   made   up   of   many   good   people   from   many   different   countries   around   the   world.   Maybe   it   is   befitting   that   those   who   are enjoying   the   most   should   also   be   the   ones   that   must   face   the   most   significant   test.   All   believers   from   the   beginning   understood   that   God also   promised   that   there   would   be   a   last   day   when   everything   of   this   world   will   come   to   an   end.   Maybe   each   new   people   that   strive   to serve   God   feared   that   it   would   be   in   their   life   that   God   would   bring   this   end   of   everything   of   this   world.   This   fear   I   am   sure   played   a significant   role   in   motivating   those   that   believed   in   God   to   go   forth   as   with   a   real   purpose.   I   am   sure   that   these   believers   try   their   best   to do better themselves and to warn others that there is a genuine possibility that everything that we know can end at any time. A   believer   knows   that   God   has   destroyed   many   societies   in   the   past   for   their   evil   ways   and   that   the   same   thing   can   happen   to   ours   and maybe   this   time   even   to   the   entire   world.   Today,   it   is   not   just   about   one   country   this   time   it   is   about   the   whole   world,   as   one   world village.   The   United   States   is   the   moral   and   economic   leaders   of   the   world   have   a   responsibility   for   setting   the   best   example   for   the   world. Whatever   we   do   in   the   United   States   the   people   of   the   world   will   be   influenced   to   believe   that   this   is   what   they   must   do   to   become successful like us and strive to follow in our footsteps. Many   people   today   believe   that   we   hold   our   destiny   in   our   own   hands,   but   we   do   not   because   our   existence   is   still   in   God’s   hands.   If   we used   what   God   has   given   us   to   strive   to   please   Him   and   do   good   deeds   for   ourselves   and   others,   I   believe   God   will   continue   to   bless   us with   happiness   and   prosperity.   I   think   that   He   will   allow   us   to   continue   to   enjoy   his   blessing   for   an   appointed   time   here   on   this   earth   and we will also find that his promises of Heaven in the next life to be true. However,   if   God   becomes   displeased   with   us   because   we   have   chosen   to   follow   Satan,   our   avid   enemy   into   every   kind   of   shameful   acts imaginable   I   fear   that   we   will   destroy   us   in   this   lifetime.   I   fear   this   because   we   are   enjoying   so   much   above   anyone   else   in   history   and   the rest   of   the   world   today.   However,   I   believe   that   we   the   righteous   people   who   are   willing   to   obey   God   today   can   rise   and   meet   this challenge.   We   may   even   end   up   pleasing   God   more   than   any   other   people   in   the   history   of   humanity.   Why   not   believe   in   the   best   of people?   I   run   into   so   many   people   who   choose   to   believe   the   worst   in   others,   and   it   seems   to   bring   out   the   worse   in   them.   God   tells   us   in the   Holy   Quran   to   strive   as   in   a   race   to   all   that   is   good,   so   I   am   inviting   all   righteous   people   of   the   world   to   join   me   in   this   race   towards all that is good.