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(6/29/2014)

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Can any American--
No, can anyone really say
"God bless America"
without recognizing the irony
in speaking those words
as we live in a nation
that applauds evil
and mistakes lawlessness for freedom?

We live in a nation
where everyone does what is right
in their own eyes,
A nation where we encourage
achieving success at any cost,
where we desire sex
with no boundaries,
where we proclaim spirituality
without God.

Welcome to the temple
of our idol named Pleasure,
and like a whore she enters
our hearts through our pockets.

We stuff our faces with that bread
to fill our bellies instead of our souls,
We drink our fill of wine to get drunk
and forget His bloodshed on the cross.

"America, America, God shed His grace on thee"
So we can look spiritual
as we say 'Amen' every Sunday
and then laugh in Jesus' face
at the movie theatre
as we watch blasphemy on the big screen.

We sing Amazing Grace at funerals
and "how sweet the sound";
that we expect to be
entertained wherever we go,
or else it's not worth our time.

And the only time we remember
and talk about His Holy Name
is when we blurt it out
as a common curse word.

We call her America the Beautiful
as she glamorizes sex, drugs, and anorexia
and lives in her own twisted idea
of happily ever after
yet never truly happy
ever after.

America the Free
yet a slave to Pleasure,
so quick to sell your soul to her
because she's all fun and no honesty.
She'd rather play pretend
than listen to ugly truth,
for her motto is "ignorance is bliss".


Wake up, America
Pull back your blinds
and let the light in
through your windows
of red, white, and blue,
Look and see the gold
of God's promises
far outshine the green
of your wallet,

and remember Christ,
who inspired heroes to take a stand
and to make the place a land of the free
and a home of the brave.
Yes, I dare to say the words in this poem even as someone who has been an American citizen since birth. The country is glamorized so much yet fails to see its own ugly truths.  Can we really say "God bless America" on Independence Day even as the country remains in its state of perversion?

But of course it's not just true for America; it's true about the world in general. The world is corrupted and follows its own ideals of what is right, rather than what really is right.

What is the real question? Is it 'Can we' or 'Should we'? We care too much about what the media thinks rather than what God says. It fails to see the flaws in living just to please ourselves and everyone, even to the point of hiding away real Truth so not to offend anybody. But sadly, it's those who desire not to be hurt who will be hurt in the end, and that in itself is a heartbreaking truth.

There is still hope. God has not abandoned the world. That's why He gave up His Son, Jesus, to the cross for our transgressions. He gives the gift of everlasting life so we can be free of our slavery to sin. He died for us so we can live for Him. We live for Him so others can know the truth and be free too.

I don't expect anyone to listen or agree with me. But I rather speak truthfully, even if the truth may hurt.

(Written on 6/29/2014.)


Copyright © Jazzy C. Oaks

Glory goes to God, my greatest inspiration.
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SDA-MessengersOracle Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AMEN and hallelujah!
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VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen! I've been thinking this a lot lately, but you put it far more eloquently. It makes me sad to watch it all happening, and yet it makes me happy too, because it means that Bible Prophesy is being fulfilled and it's almost time for us to go home.
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ArtisticWarrior0 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Amen! :iconclapplz:
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Justinian-RisingStar Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Great work :clap:
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legendofspyrothedrag Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
I'm speechless already ._.
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JonathanSkits Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amen i thought i used to know this American Society but its become an American't society
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BurtanTae Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very well spoken Jazzy! You really captured what Christians around our country are waking up and feeling. I would not give up on our country, and we CAN take it back, but then, for God's prophecy to come true and for Jesus to return, can it really play the same role it had? In any case, I want what's best for the country and for my family. Not what's easiest or to have our nation plundered.
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Kaylesha-Blackheart Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amen, jazzy. AMEN!
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NativeFaery Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been thinking these exact same things.  What the heck, America?
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
America was a God fearing nation no less! However, it isn't one any longer. Farewell America. I'll miss you. :flagus: 
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smilekeeper Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I agree with you fellow deviant.
The Truth is what sets us free.
It's not bent toward anyone's opinion,
the Truth is the Truth.
(:
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FCU777 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Filmographer
Wow!  

AWESOME POEM! :clap: AWESOME POEM! :clap: AWESOME POEM! :clap: AWESOME POEM! :clap: AWESOME POEM! :clap: 
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh, how great it is to see this on the front page!
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Thefaithfulsaint Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Artist
Nice poem! :)
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Animationobsessed Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student General Artist
I couldn't have said it any better myself. Amazing poem!
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cowboysandaliens Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Lecrae - Rebel
www.youtube.com/watch?v=abVdgb…

Romans 12:2,
   Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
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0oCHARGERBOTo0 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
m.youtube.com/watch?feature=kp…

Switchfoot-Selling the News
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ZakuFox-Kun Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Writer
I agree with all of this! And I know you'll most likely get some hate for what you've written, but remember not to let it get to you :) Some people would like to watch the cancer that's engulfing America grow, but you're doing the right thing by fighting it with words that may be painful, but will ultimately cure.
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polarbeardog2 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well said. As I am told every Sunday, "we have seven days." You are right and we need to keep walking in faith every day.
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Smokelesseyes Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this was really something. I am throughly impressed by this poem. Great writing, to give voice to ideas and a reality that many just look past and remains unspoken. Love it. :D
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ConceptJunkie Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Well spoken, Jazzy.  God bless you!

Rick
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ChaoaAngelMoon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you, Oaks. ;)
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LazaroRuiz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amen!
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AntiRCCZealot Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
That was such an insightful poem about how fallen the US has become figuratively and literally selling everything it's supposed to stand for out, especially liberty, due to the masses willful ignorance fueled by their lack of empathy and pursuit of materialistic pleasure. Really shows the reality of the US. This needs to be read by every single US youth who are the future. Excellent work! You are incredibly talented. God bless you indeed and keep up the good work!
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Jazzy-C-Oaks Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014   General Artist
Thanks for reading, and thanks for your comment! God bless you too!
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AntiRCCZealot Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I am surprised that you actually took some time to read my comment and responded to it. :) I didn't expect that you would, which would still have been fine as I know that you are occupied with a lot of things, especially working on your stories and characters (which, one day, I hope to see). :giggle: So thank you a lot for that as well, and God bless indeed. I was really moved by your testimony, which inspired me to keep growing in Christ in spite of so many failures (such as not speaking to others in love, always being hateful towards others and bullying them, etc.), so I will always keep you in prayers. You don't have to do this, but is there any prayer requests that I can pray for? :)
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ShaunSnow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow Jazz, just....wow, those are TRULY some powerful words you just stated there, and I agree with every last one of them, God bess you for having the courage to take a stand and release this message to the public, and it is my hope and prayer that at least some if not all who read this, would finally open they`re eyes and step into the light, instead of remain ignorant while trapped in the dark. Keep on preaching my sister in Christ, and may the Lord continue to fill you with his goodness and his direction now and always, let "nothing" stop you from speaking Gods word and his truth!!
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Jazzy-C-Oaks Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014   General Artist
Thank you, that's very encouraging! Yeah, though it's not always easy, leaving truthful things unsaid for the sake of trying not to "offend" someone can and will hurt a lot more in the long run. God bless you and fill you and direct your paths as well!
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ShaunSnow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :aww: And yes that's also true, but at the same time, there also exist moments where sometimes, we just have to say things as they are, even if it is hard to do, not that we "want" to hurt anyone, but well, lets face it, if left unsaid for too long and nothing chances, well, those we care about will only be lead deeper and deeper into the dark until they may at times become unreachable. Its a struggle we all face, but no struggle to great for God to help us with, amen? :aww:
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Jazzy-C-Oaks Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014   General Artist
Right, exactly! Amen! :)
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