the root of the problem: recently, we got a letter from a friend in Michigan. On the envelope, there was a sticker on which was inscribed: “As long as thirty-five hundred babies are being killed daily by abortion, God will not bless our nation.” Quite a message. It really slaps those who are reading it in the face. Multiply that number by 365 and you will come up with a shocking figure.However, I disagreed with it on one point*: the fact that thirty-five hundred babies are being killed daily is not the illness that our nation has; it is a symptom. The problem is not that the church is not doing enough to fight abortion; but that’s warmer. The problem is that the Church is dead to Christ.
The message of II Chronicles 7:14 has been all but lost on today’s Church. Not to say that the Church is not praying; but as Mr Roberts has so well put it: “[the church] seeks God’s hand instead of His face.” We are not falling down before Christ as we should; we are not turning from our wicked ways; We are not acknowledging Christ as Lord.
We have turned away from Christ. Do not think that this is a fantasy, totally foreign to Christianity and the Bible. What did the nation of Israel look like when its people turned from God, or even took on a false form of worship? They were given into the hands of their enemies. Chaos and sin abounded. What of us? What of Spiritual Israel? Where have we gone? We have tried to remove the God of the Scriptures, and replace him with a god of our own imagination: a god who loves the world; a god of Sundays and Wednesday nights; a god of tongue and not of life. A god who doesn’t love his people enough to tell them what they can, and can’t do.
With the elections coming up, talk show hosts are saying that only the people will decide the fate of the nation. Wrong. God will decide the fate of our nation. And he will not bless a sinful people. As long as the Church keeps its back turned to God, the evil state of our country will only worsen.
But, there is hope: “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and I will heal their land.” God is not a promise breaker. But he is not a liar, either: let us always remember the first part of this verse, and respond accordingly.
the 10 things I’ve learned from the Driver’s Manual:
1: Drive defensively. In other words, every other driver is out to kill you.
2: always pull over for an oncoming emergency vehicle. You don’t to get rear-ended.
3: Never drink and drive. In other words, it’s commanding you to drive, and ordering you to remain dehydrated.
4: Report all accidents, if at all practical.
5: always where seat belts if you are in the front seat. If you have captain chairs, and you don’t want to where a seatbelt, slide your chair farther back than the other one.
6:Green light: it would be good for the environment for you to go now; Yellow light: only a coward wouldn’t slow down; Red light: if you do not stop, we will kill you.
7: in a public school zone, slow down. In a homeschool zone, wave.
8: some dogs don’t count as pedestrians.
9: never drive without: a license; a tag; insurance; and a certificate of inspection, unless you do a really good Santa Anna impression.
10: remember: You Driver’s Manual is serious. Never treat it as a joking matter.
*not to say that our friends from Michigan would ever have meant it this way .
once again, I am having bizzarre problems posting. Please forgive the choppy look of the above text.