Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
It's an enormous cataclysm of humanity that has taken place over the past several years. It amounts to the greatest spiritual earthquake since the 16th century, when the Protestant Reformation swept through Europe and dominated the beginnings of the American Revolution. The Founding Forefathers of the United States vowed to establish a government without a king, and to have a church without a pope. George Washington strongly opposed any infiltration of the papacy in the affairs of the new nation.
The only Roman Catholic president ever elected [John F. Kennedy] bent over backwards in his insistence not to mix his religion with his political leadership of the nation; he was heart-dedicated to the American Constitutional principle of religious liberty and separation of church and state. He vowed not to let his church influence his political leadership.
The current outpouring of national adoration for [Pope Francis] has been phenomenal. The once Protestant nation has become overwhelmingly Roman Catholic in public sentiment. It can be safely said that never has any nation in history so reversed itself within one generation. A world wonders.
Meanwhile, beyond all excitement, the words of the Bible quietly speak to those who reverence its message. Never has the book of Revelation spoken more eloquently than now. Note the next cataclysmic event to absorb world attention: the message of that "other angel" of 18:1-4 that must and will "lighten the earth with glory."
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: April 5, 2005.
Copyright © 2015 by "Dial Daily Bread."
[A note to readers: This DDB was written shortly after the passing of Pope John Paul II. We thought the sentiment applicable to current events.]