My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being My priest.
Since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. – Hosea 4:6
Today I am grieving for our nation and for my community. The Presidential election was bad news with greater implications than I can bear to delve into. President Obama won by an overwhelming majority. The Democrats hold the majority in the Senate. Two states voted to support homosexual marriage. Two states voted to support legalizing recreational marijuana. Altogether this is a concise yet horrific picture of where our people are. This is what America and my community wanted, but it is not okay.
I believe God is grieving for us today. He wasn’t surprised, but I believe He is hurt to see a really special people rejecting His ways.
So what happened? America has gone the way of Israel from the wilderness through Babylonian captivity. They forgot the law of their God. They did not train their children. They did not disciple. They were destroyed for a lack of knowledge, or clearer, because they rejected knowledge. The result? God rejected them for their special role as mediators between God and the world, and their children suffered. The families of our country stopped discipling their children and turned them over to the Socialist driven public schools. Today there is a deficit of understanding when it comes to moral absolutes. What now is the standard, if not the Bible? I reluctantly say that the standard is us. Humanism. The end of all being is the happiness of man. This is called selfishness.
The real question is what do we do from here? Well, it won’t be easy or quick. We may see forty years of wandering in the desert. I pray we don’t have to see any form of national judgment. Israel’s sin came to an end by a series of extreme and sad judgments. Ultimately they were held in captivity in Babylon. After hundreds of years of sin and consequences they came out clean and whole.
America does not have to take that route. We can return to God, and we can disciple our children. If you love America, and you love God, commit to Him. Commit to His ways and His plans for families, communities and nations. Forty years later we can once again be a people who make decisions out of supreme love for God instead of a supreme desire for personal happiness and pleasure.
Grieve with me. Pray with me. Hope in God alone.
In times like this, I’m reminded of Romans chapter 13. God is not grieving, he sanctioned the result.
Starting from verse 1:
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
:o) Ryan Watkins? I was just talking to a friend about that an hour ago. Are you into the Bible in a positive way?
That’s a much bigger topic than I will get into fully here, but if you are really interested check out the first few chapters of 1st Samuel. It deals with who God wants in authority vs who people want. I’ll just say there is a lot more in the Bible than those verses in Romans 13 about government and authority. Good stuff. Biblical principles of civil government is one of my favorite things to teach on in our missionary training. It’s all about loving relationships.
Well said Micah.