Now What Do We Do? The Day After

Yesterday in my devotions I read 2 Kings 17

Here it details why God took His hand off of Israel and allowed them to be sent into exile.  
- They worshipped other Gods. 
- They did secret things that God did not like. 
- The relied on their military and might to defend them.  
- They provoked God.
- They rejected His decrees.
- They imitated the nations around them. 
- They sold themselves to do evil. 
- They followed bankrupt idols and became bankrupt themselves. 

I quoted John Adams on my Facebook this morning,  "We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

But there is a haunting quote from Abraham Lincoln that I am thinking about even more.  

"...We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God, We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these things were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us."

The year was 1863 and the United States was in the middle of a Civil War.  The President asked Congress to proclaim April 30th "as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer."  You can read it here.  

Are we about to descend into a civil war?  I don't know.  Some might argue that we have been at war for quite some time.  I'll let them sort it out.  

But the one thing I do know is this.  As Dec. 7th, 1941 and Sept. 11th, 2001 were days that changed the course of this nation.  I believe that yesterday was another turning point in our history.  A history that has yet to be written.  

Sunday my message was entitled, How To Vote.  The premise of the message was simple.  Paul instructs us, as Christians, to obey the governmental authorities placed over us.  For us Americans, it isn't a person or a party.  It is the Constitution of the United States of America. 

I shared how our forefathers established the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America on Biblical principles.  There are those who would argue that they didn't, but the evidence is too obvious to ignore.  There are those who would argue that they did, but because these men believed in racism, sexism and elitism, their actions are now worthless to us.  Again, I would not completely agree and I don't want to argue that point.  Here is what I believe we need to focus on.  

The salvation of a nation isn't found in ideology or in 5 point plans.  It's found in the Bible.  Throughout history we have seen nations saved again and again, because they submitted to the principles of God's Word.  Jesus cannot be separated from this nation or it's future.  No matter how hard man may try, it can't be done.  We, the disciples of Jesus, His followers have a message about real hope that offers a real future.  It's less about us and more about Him.  Yesterday someone posted on Facebook, The first step to transformation is a relationship with God.  I can't read too much into their theology, nor will I.  But I would rephrase it this way.  The first step to a transformation (and a relationship) starts with our submission to God.  I'll blog more about this later.   

We, as a nation, are guilty of the sins listed in 2 Kings 17.  God didn't let the Israelites slide on this, why should He let us?

P.S.  The stock market is down 290 points in a huge sell off.  Overnight people flooded the US Treasury - a frequent measure of fear - it's where people put their money for safe harbor when they think the global economy is about to get worse.   



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