Poet’s Corner: America’s Last Altar Call

America’s Last Altar Call

By Norm Olson, Nikiski

Conceived in strife and born in war

Twas this nation’s bloody start.

God gave her life and so much more –

For He then dwelt in her heart.

God in America’s heart.

Strong she grew and no earthly foe

Ever dared to mock her power;

For the world saw that in her soul

God resided every hour.

God was leading through every hour.

Her goodness and might in the eyes of men

Made her the greatest nation on earth.

But power brought pride that caused her to turn

From the One Who gave her birth.

She turned from the God of her birth.

Her iniquity grew as God’s blessings she spurned

As her power ebbed slowly away.

She cared not at all, but continued to turn

Farther from God she strayed.

America from God has strayed.

Her land now savaged by storms and by strife

Injustice and conflict within.

For Lady Liberty was losing her life:

She was slowly dying of sin.

America is dying of sin.

And God the Great Physician cried,

“Oh, please on my mercy fall.

Repent and return, let Me heal your land,

But one day I will cease to call.”

America’s last altar call.

But without thought she endured her terrible pain

And denied that she suffered at all.

“Leave me alone! I don’t need Your help,

And on me don’t bother to call.”

She rejected God’s last altar call.

Then God turned and walked slowly away.

From His eyes tears started to fall.

“As my people have done many times in the past,

You too have rejected my call…

And now the chastening will fall.

Yes, now calamity shall fall.”

Let this be a witness and a warning to the earth:

Know the terrible cost,

How America once strong and rich from her birth,

Could have so much so needlessly lost.

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