Monday, August 5, 2013

America's Stance Against God

The Lord has sent a message against Jacob;
    it will fall on Israel.
All the people will know it—
    Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
who say with pride
    and arrogance of heart,
10 “The bricks have fallen down,
    but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
    but we will replace them with cedars.”
11 But the Lord has strengthened Rezin’s foes against them
    and has spurred their enemies on.
12 Arameans from the east and Philistines from the west
    have devoured Israel with open mouth.
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
    his hand is still upraised.
13 But the people have not returned to him who struck them,
    nor have they sought the Lord Almighty.
14 So the Lord will cut off from Israel both head and tail,
    both palm branch and reed in a single day;
15 the elders and dignitaries are the head,
    the prophets who teach lies are the tail.
16 Those who guide this people mislead them,
    and those who are guided are led astray.
17 Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men,
    nor will he pity the fatherless and widows,
for everyone is ungodly and wicked,
    every mouth speaks folly.
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
    his hand is still upraised. Isaiah 9:8-17

       America has endured much tragedies over the past12 years including 911, the Boston Bombing, The Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting,  the Fort Hood Shooting,  not to mention the many shootings occurring within US schools. One mass murderer dared to even gun down elementary children along with their teachers during a crime spree that shocked a nation. One that has sadly become accustomed to hearing about shootings in our schools, but 5, 6 year old kids?
       Since the terrible event occurring at Sandy Hook elementary school I have heard preachings and reminders of Isaiah 9:8-17 and similar Bible verses. Prophesies detailing a proud, stubborn nation, viewed as mighty by her leaders, people, as well as her many admirers spread throughout the world. A nation leaning on a storied past filled with many victories, accomplishments, as well as a spirit of superiority.

11 The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled
    and human pride brought low;
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
12 The Lord Almighty has a day in store
    for all the proud and lofty,
for all that is exalted
    (and they will be humbled),
13 for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty,
    and all the oaks of Bashan, Isaiah 2:11-13.

After 911 our country heard comments promising repentance from some of our leaders. Pastors from various churches made public speeches concerning the attack and the nations need to repent and come close to God. Churches everywhere were packed with crowds. They came with tears running, arms wide opened, asking why. God became relevant to the nation again. But for a short while, a very short while. Now people are again questioning the Bible's relevance. Educators insist even more that God be kept out of our schools. The national media assumes that God Almighty is nonexistent. Our president is rooting for gay marriage. People are trying to push homosexuality into our churches. The divorce rate is skyrocketing while calls for legalizing polygamous marriages is quietly pleading its case.

10 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because the great cedar towered over the thick foliage, and because it was proud of its height, 11 I gave it into the hands of the ruler of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness. I cast it aside, 12 and the most ruthless of foreign nations cut it down and left it. Its boughs fell on the mountains and in all the valleys; its branches lay broken in all the ravines of the land. All the nations of the earth came out from under its shade and left it. 13 All the birds settled on the fallen tree, and all the wild animals lived among its branches. 14 Therefore no other trees by the waters are ever to tower proudly on high, lifting their tops above the thick foliage. No other trees so well-watered are ever to reach such a height; they are all destined for death, for the earth below, among mortals who go down to the realm of the dead. Ezekiel 31:10-14.

     Now America has suffered through many natural disasters, tragic accidents causing catastrophic damages, injuries, and deaths. Hurricanes after hurricanes, floods after floods, droughts, scorching heat, what's next? Cries of global warming have been questioned by record breaking snowstorms that have fallen on America in recent years. Snow so heavy that when melted has transformed into bodies of water flowing through and around major cities, like newly created rivers, flooding nearby lands and buildings. "Cut it down", the Lord said. "Cut that tree down", let it lay aside. It's beauty and pride faded. Oh America please, please listen. There is still time for repentance. There is still time to call out His Name. The Lord is ready and willing.
       Now is the time, oh people. The time has come. Time not meaning panic. For our Lord is not the god of confusion. But He is willing to carry and care for all who is willing to come to Him. His arms are wide opened. Will you come?


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