Fire ants can sure ruin a beautiful day. They are a lot like politicians. They don’t care about the people and they will never admit they did wrong. Actually, fire ants are more altruistic than politicians. Fire ants will sacrifice themselves for their group. Rare is the politician who sacrifices himself for anyone. Many politicians today don’t have real friends; they’ll throw anyone under the bus.
If you don’t know about fire ants, you soon will. They have been spreading across the country since they arrived in Mobile, Alabama from Brazil. They are now as far north as Arkansas, Kentucky and Delaware.
In recent years we’ve discovered them on the edge of our property. A couple of weeks ago, after a rain, the first mounds popped up in the yard. At the beginning the mounds aren’t so big, but let them go and they can reach more than two feet tall. When they first invade your property, you will probably accidentally disturb their mound. Then you’ll notice a burning sensation like your skin is on fire. If you don’t get them off you, they will continue to bite and inject venom. Each ant has enough venom to inject you thirty times. The venom burns immediately and then turns into intense itching and a nice big scab.
Fire ants can be hard to get rid of. Most people want to save their lawns, so they use poison, which doesn’t always work. There is one sure way to get rid of fire ants. It has worked every time for me. Dig down in the mound until you see the eggs. That’s where the queen is. Then cover the depression with charcoal. Spray lighter fluid generously on the coals and let it burn. When the fire dies down, spray more lighter fluid and light it again. Let it burn until the coals are ash. You’ll ruin your lawn in that spot, but I guarantee you’ll get rid of the fire ants. You kill the queen, you kill the colony.
Why don’t more people use this fire ant cure? They want to save their lawn. But sometimes you have to cauterize a wound.
Getting rid of worthless politicians is tougher. Like fire ants, politicians also congregate in groups—typically in buildings with domes in major cities. But setting their mounds on fire won’t help. Getting rid of one politician, even a bunch of politicians, won’t solve the problem. Others just replace them. To get rid of a fire ant mound, you have to get the queen. If you don’t eliminate her, she will just lay more eggs and reestablish the mound. So to eliminate bad politicians, we have to eliminate the source of those politicians. They don’t have a queen, so we have to look elsewhere.
And that’s the problem, the source of corrupt politicians is a corrupt electorate. Politicians reflect those who elect them. Our nation, our states, our cities get the politicians we deserve. Many Americans have become violent, unlawful and corrupt. When I was growing up, kids played alone anywhere and were safe. Parent could leave their children in strollers outside a store and know they would be safe. Many stores in small towns had an honor system. If the owner wasn’t there, you could take what you needed and leave the money on the counter. We seldom went over the speed limit. Most everyone you knew was a good Christian or at least followed the Ten Commandments.
Today, most of our country has passed the stage decried by the prophets of old: “Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done? They were not even ashamed at all; They did not even know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among the fallen; they will be brought down.”
Our nation was founded by men and women who loved God, respected others, and shared a moral compass based on the Ten Commandments. That moral culture was the foundation of the Constitution of the United States. That moral culture enables America to be resilient. The problem we are facing today was anticipated by one of the authors of the Constitution, John Adams. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Why is America in such moral, social, and political turmoil today? It is because many among us are no longer moral and religious. Many Americans no longer fear God, respect man, or have a shared sense of even the most basic morality. Some wear Hester Pryne’s scarlet letter “A” as if it were a badge of honor. Some proudly don T-shirts that read, “I had an abortion … and I don’t regret it.” Many sing rap songs that glorify abuse, rape, murder, necrophilia, and blasphemy. Many of us never blush.
Nineveh, the capital city of the wicked Assyrians, was a place where the people did not know how to blush. Due to all their wickedness and immorality, the people were in the cross hairs of rightful judgment. A reluctant Jonah let them know their lease on life was up. Surprisingly, the people received the message, humbled their hearts, and repented of their sins. And their lives and nation were spared.
The same is true for us today. Our only hope is that enough Americans will recognize their wrong-doing and reawaken in the freedom of following basic moral, natural laws. “Unless you repent, you shall all likewise perish.” May we walk in the light and speak the truth in love before all hope for our country is gone.
Fire ants don’t care how you feel when they sting you. The stings are just natural consequences to stepping on a fire ant mound. Nature can be cruel. There are also natural consequences for a people who are violent and corrupt. They will not last. When a violent, immoral and corrupt nation dissolves, Nature doesn’t care. It’s just a natural fact. And it will happen to the USA if we don’t wake up.
For the context for John Adams comment, see his address to the Massachusetts Militia in 1798: https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-3102
For more on Jonah and Ninevah, see Jonah 3: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jonah+3&version=NIV
For more on wicked nations whose people do not even blush, see Jeremiah 8:12: https://biblehub.com/jeremiah/8-12.htm
Regarding the importance of repentance, see Luke 13:3: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/Luke/13/3