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The Warning Bell of Judgement

June 1, 2009

My fellow Christians, the warning bell sounded long ago and either we did not heed it or we were powerless to stop the wave of moral decay that has finally flooded the United States. It no longer matters if it happened because we were complacent or just overrun. The fact is that the iniquities are almost ripe and when sin is brought to full fruition God will judge it.

Our founders understood this very well. Far from being the deists that modern historians try to portray them as, our early leaders knew well that God is personally involved with the world and blesses or judges according to his Word. Thomas Jefferson feared God’s wrath upon the US because of slavery.

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural interference!”

We paid a heavy price for slavery and to some extent we are still paying for it in the form of racial strife. The sins of today are great as well.

Abortion has become a sacrament of liberal philosophy and is exercised under the guise of freedom of choice when it is actually a sacrifice to the god of convenience in an effort to find absolution for ill advised activities. We have a President who as a state senator endorsed infanticide by voting for a law to mandate that when a woman chooses abortion the child must die even when the baby lives through the initial horror.

Sexaul promiscuity has infiltrated every facet of American life through increasing amounts of soft and hardcore pornography shown on TV and the internet. We’ve given sex education and passed out condoms until our children have been blinded to the responsibilities and dangers of sexual activity, thinking that their knowledge and a pill/patch or latex will make the experience free of consequences. Homosexuality is being pushed as mainstream normal.

Sloth has permeated our culture and fostered jealousy of those who work and produce the most. Those who refuse to work have ceded their liberties to the state, which is all too eager to take control, and made it their god. We who were charged with caring for our fellow man have either through apathy or forced removal not taken care of the poor as we should have. and our light that should shine brightly before men has been dimmed. The culture is losing its savor from a lack of salt.

Hatred for Christianity is on the rise. Increasingly, religious values are scorned and purged from society. Christianity has been labelled foolish and out of date. Bible studies are shut down using the arm of government even though it is a clear violation of 1st amendment rights such as the case from San Diego just last week where a Pastor and his wife hold a Bible study in their home, but were told to cease unless a permit was obtained. Let me say that we do not need to a permit to worship. Government is limited and does not have the right to deny free assembly or free religious exercise.

Our country has plunged headlong into a morally decadent culture of death, deviancy and once again slavery under the burden of a massive state that seeks to control every aspect of our lives which is equally as repugnant because it strips the human spirit of its power to enjoy the God given liberties under which our nation was founded.

So what are we to do? The future looks bleak and we seem powerless to influence the culture any further. I submit to you that we must persevere. The mistakes of the past cannot be undone, but we must humble ourselves before God Almighty and pray for strength in the coming days. Through prayer and bible study we must strengthen ourselves to engage the culture with the truth of the gospel. Whether judgement comes to the US or mercy abounds, we must persevere. Whether our liberties are stricken or a revitalization of the Judeo/Christian ethic bursts forth, we must persevere by holding fast to the promises of God through his Son Jesus Christ.


Sharing the Faith

January 21, 2009

In the post, Bible Presumptions, I discussed the importance of Bible study and the benefits to our spiritual development as followers of Jesus. The next obvious question is what to do with all of that knowledge. Do we become ever more pious, walking around with steepled hands avoiding the culture that surrounds us? Do we stand on the street shouting at those that pass by and hand out cards with the gospel written on it? Or do we conduct ourselves as Jesus did by engaging the culture and those with whom we come into contact? This last question is somewhat rhetorical, but there is a simple lesson to be learned here that is often overlooked.

In Mark 2:16 we see Jesus eating with what the pious and religious elite (Pharisees) considered to be  sinners. In Mark 6:30 and following we read about Jesus feeding the 5,000. In Luke 24 the risen Jesus comes along side of two men who were troubled by the crucifixion. There are many other instances of Jesus healing, forgiving and even resurrecting people from the dead, but that is beyond the scope of this encouragement which is to notice that Jesus met people where they were and never looked down his nose at them or thumped them with his greek old testament.

Some opportunities to share our faith include:

  •  Taking an interest in those around us.
  • Accepting people for who they are. We’re all sinners.
  • Serve others by meeting a need. Love thy neighbor as thyself.

Invest in the lives of others with the understanding that the most powerful testimony of Jesus Christ’s love is how we live our lives. People will be watching to see how we handle victory as well as disappointment.

It can be scary sometimes to talk about faith with others but we are commanded to do it (Matthew 28:18) and we are expected to be able to give an answer if they approach us (1 Peter 3:15). Above all pray for those around you who have never put their faith in Jesus that they might understand that they need Jesus too.