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Altered States

May 16, 2007

The following passage is probably one of the most quoted proverbs.

Proverbs 14:34  “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

I think that everyone was surprised by the passing of Jerry Falwell.  In the days of my youth, his name had become the “default definition” of what a christian fundamentalist was; at least through the eyes of the world.  Known as one who never hesitated to call out sin by name, he was often ridiculed by folks, including me, before I was saved by the blood of Jesus.  After being born again, however, I came to appreciate the stand that he took in this regard; even though there are doctrinal disagreements.  In the later years, possibly the most bizarre comments were those concerning the “sexual orientation of Tinkie Winkie.”  It seemed strange to some, and while I have no idea as to the motivations behind Teletubbies, the whole country was discussing this comment.  The fact that it’s a sin for a man to lie with a man or a woman to lie with a woman was, for a time, front and center; even if Tinkie Winkie isn’t a proponent for such. 

Leviticus 18:22  “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

The comments made by both Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson concering the 911 attacks drew far more criticism and this is somewhat where the focus of this post is headed.   Their comments concerning this event were seen by many as inappropriate and simply out of touch.  While we can debate hours on end concerning this, the fact remains that when a nation abandons God, loves the pursuit of gain over truth, and its citizens become enfatuated with self, there will be consequences. 

Deuteronomy 32:28-29  “For they are a nation void of councel, neither is there any understanding in them.  O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end.” 

Last week, there was a history channel presentation about the Nimitz class aircraft carriers and the state of modern warfare technology.  A person watching this presentation could have come away feeling as though the U.S. military is “unbeatable.”  Just as the Romans once seemed invincable along with every nation to ever wear the crown of “superpower” one would think that, should the circumstances arise, we can just “blast our way to victory.”  Thus the warnings in Isaiah chapters 30 and 31 should be remembered in which the children of Israel were warned not to trust in the chariots of Egypt which, at the time, seemed every bit as invincable as a Nimitz class carrier battlegroup. 

Psalms 75:5-7  “Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.  For promotion cometh neither from the east , nor from the west, nor from the south.  But God is the judge: he putteth down one and setteth up another.”

God can lift up the most obscure of nations and he can cast down the most powerful.  The bible is filled with such incidents where the Lord raised up this kingdom or stirred up that king to fulfil his purpose.   Thus while we tend to place confidence in economic policies and political structures, a nations true well-being is dependant upon the relationship between its citizens and the Holy One of Israel.  When a nation seeks to remove every rememberance of God, there will be consequences.  Today, in the United States, we’re seeing the fruit of what happens when a nation turns its back on its creator.  The fact that the bottom hasn’t fallen out completely is proof that our Lord is ever so longsuffering and will grant every possible opportunity for folks to consider their ways.  In other words, as devastating as Katrina was or as horiffic as the 911 attacks were, both events could have been a whole lot worse.   (This is not to downplay either of these events as they were both very tragic. 

Suppose Katrina had passed just to the west of New Orleans, thereby causing the full brunt of the storm to pass over the crescent city.  A city known as a haven for witchcraft, sexual perversion, and everything that one can imagine.  Suppose the planes on 911 had targeted nuclear power plants.  It could have been SO MUCH MORE CATASTROPHIC.  The Lord is merciful beyond what we can comprehend, yet the time comes when judgment is at hand.  I praise God for each day that the power is on and the mail is running.  It’s another day where somewhere, a soul will come to Jesus and every single soul is priceless.  (eternal and priceless)  I also know that the day will come when this season of peace and safety will be a memory. 

Lamenations 3:21-24  “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”

Today, on May 16, 2007, I have no confidence in the political aparatus which is corrupted at every level or the chariots of Egypt; though they be many and diverse.  My peace and joy doesn’t depend on the leading economic indicators or the price of gas on a given day.  I don’t hold my breath in anticipation that one day the folks at CNN will realize that they’ve been missing the big picture by a country mile and will start alerting their viewers to the globalist agenda.  I do, however, expect them to, one day in the future, announce that, because of the most recent catastrophic events, everyone will have to receive a chip for their own safety.  Our confidence should be completely in the Lord Jesus who has promised to be with us always and not in the entities of flesh and atoms. 

In Jeremiah 39:15-18 we read of an event in which Jeremiah was shut up in the court of the prison.  (I’m paraphrasing)  The Lord sends him to comfort Ebed-Melech, the Ethiopian who appears to be fearful of the Babylonians.  In verse 16 the Lord explains that his hand is upon the city for evil and not good; the same fashion that it will be upon any place that continually walks in the ways of iniquity.  In verse 18, the Lord tells how he will deliver Ebed-Melech, despite those things that are coming to pass because “he has placed his trust in the LORD.”  Regardless of what befalls a nation, God knows them that are his and while things in the ambience are coming apart, he will sustain his own.  He really is in control.  The kings of the earth will meet and “speak lies at one table” all the while God is holding their very breath in his hand. 

Daniel 2:20-21  “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:  And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.”

This is so comforting; to know that God is in control and that he takes care of all who place their complete trust in him.  Those who have set their heart firmly upon heavenly things and the everlasting world to come.  Those who love the Lord Jesus so much that nothing in this world can persuade them otherwise. 

I have to be going for now as to get some things done around here.  This weekend, I’ll be with Ryans boy scout pack at their campout.  I would ask for wisdom and discernment during this weekend.  Also for Ryan who shows more interest in the things of God than any other in my household.  Please pray that he’ll be receptive to truth.  Even being on third shift, I continue to have little time with the kids; especially one on one situations.  Ours is a very complicated household with complicated schedules.  It simply doesn’t to fall into any cookie cutter format.  I’ll be going for now.  I wish all a most blessed day in Christ and will leave with the following:

Psalm 33:12  “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

Greetings Again.  I just found an interesting site and thought to share it here.

www.livingjourney.wordpress.com   I Don’t have time to dig in too much at the moment, however, I plan to stop by when time permits.

Marie brought this link to my attention.  www.globaldayofprayer.com  Her church has a ten-day period of prayer leading up to May 27 which is the global day of prayer.  This must be an awesome church as they spend a lot of time before the Lord. 

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5 comments

  1. It is hard to discern when disasters like Katrina happen whether it is the consequence of sin running its natural course in a defective and dying world from the times when God is directly behind them as a form of collective punishment.


  2. Greetings J Kaiser. Indeed it can be. I know that the seven years of drought in Egypt wasn’t necesarily a judgment; although it did bring about necessary events. The three years of drought during the reign of Ahab was a judgment.
    As for Katrina, I remember watching the weather channel as it was closing in. As it neared the shore, all of the commentators who normally are never at a loss for words, became very quiet. It was erie to behold. I went through two Mardi gras when in the navy as our ship was docked there. Both times we met up with other saints from all across the country to witness in the streets. It was a “hard town, but the fellowship with like-minded saints was awesome. Thanks for commenting.

    Have a great day in Christ.


  3. hmm. i just posted a long response but it disappeared. hmm…


  4. This is a wonderful post, it really glorifies God. If only our Governments would do the same.

    Thanks for the hat tip by the way, much appreciated!
    🙂


  5. Thanks for sharing this. The fortune of nations / empires lies not in their powerful economies, militaries or politicians, but in the hands of God. True power lies not in the corridors of power but on that old and rugged cross. Seeing as I do that you have been consistent in discussing globalization, I draw your attention to this latest post on my site: http://kenyananalyst.wordpress.com/2007/05/17/the-gospel-according-to-sir-charles/



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