“It was hope – the hope that triumphs on the rack – that whispers to the death-condemned even in the dungeons of the Inquisition.”

In Edgar Allen Poe’s THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, our narrator is strapped to a table, in a chamber of horrors, as a large, razor sharp pendulum swings back and forth over him. With every swing of the pendulum, it lowers just a little. He understands that it will soon touch and cut and kill him but he watches in a maddening wonder the instrument of his own torturous death…

“The odour of the sharp steel forced itself into my nostrils. I prayed – I wearied heaven with my prayer for its more speedy descent. I grew frantically mad, and struggled to force myself upward against the sweep of the fearful scimitar. And then I fell suddenly calm and lay smiling at the glittering death as a child at some rare bauble.”

Under the Hegelian Dialectic, perhaps not as Hegel intended but certainly as implemented by the Progressives and the Alinskyites, the pendulum of death is swinging over America and all that is American. The remedy for Bush is Obama and the loss of freedom. The Remedy for Obama is Trump and the loss of freedoms. The cycle continues eternal… Progressives are the answer to Nationalists and Republicans the answer to Democrats but with every swing of the Pendulum the death of a Nation looms larger and the blade continues in its steady descent. Freedom  is destroyed, one swing of the pendulum at a time.

Perhaps the pendulum will be to the left when the end comes or perhaps it will be far to the right. If we use the analogy of Poe’s tale of horror, it will be in the middle, both extremes angry and powerless when the death blow falls. I do not know the end of the story, only that America will die.

As the pendulum, in Poe’s story draws first blood, our narrator says something you might find mad…

“It was hope that prompted the nerve to quiver – the frame to shrink. It was hope – the hope that triumphs on the rack – that whispers to the death-condemned even in the dungeons of the Inquisition.”

Is it this insane hope that I read as American Christians cling to the American Dream, as if it were from God, and pray for the Salvation of the American Nation? Are these vain and empty prayers, that somehow, apart from repentance, God will save America in her sins and free her to continue sinning for another lifetime? All of the prayers that God will back down on the end that He has given us through the Prophets, prayed in the hope God will renege on his own Word; are these the prayers of the condemned?

Scripture says,

“If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.” (1 Corinthians 15:19)

As you stare at the pendulum, oscillating in its maddeningly slow descent, do you hope to continue your life on earth? Is it your hope that the United States of America and your part of the American Dream will be saved? Are you mad?

If your faith is in America, you are, of all men, most to be pitied. Now is the time to look up, not at the pendulum but at Heaven and eternal life beyond…


Author: davidrice1951

I am a vile sinner. I have been a soldier and a sailor. I have been a student and a teacher. I taught English in Mexico. I started and taught in a Bible College in Venezuela. I am married to Cathy, a beautiful lady from Guyana. We have two children, Christopher and Amanda. I am saved by Grace, washed in the Blood and filled with the Spirit. I love Jesus, my wife, my kids and you...


  1. What insite you presented. Most churches today operate with a Country Club atmosphere. The church as I’ve seen studying church history is allowing the pendulum is swing closer to the demise of churches that preach the whole Word of God.
    That preaches the whole gospel and not some watered down make you feel good, making Jesus to fit what you want Him to be.
    The only thing that can change the way the pendulum is swinging, is The Church of Jesus Christ to completely do as 2 Chronicles 7:14.


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