2020-08-06 A World On Fire.

“The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked
in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals,”
2 Chronicles 17:3

We have elections coming around again very soon. Believe it or not, our country is in an even bigger mess than it was the last presidential election. Should Christians be surprised at any of this? Hardly.

If you recall Romans 1, God “gave them up” three times. It seems to me these are progressive, but they may or may not be meant that way. Let’s take a look:

Romans 1:24-25 Therefore God gave them up in their lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

Check. We’re doing that. Our scientists have no place for God. Even those who are entrusted to educate our precious little children teach that scientists are far superior to those who wrote or follow which is written in the pages of our bibles.

Romans 1:26-27 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

I used to think this spoke to homosexuality, and it does, but it also speaks to more than that. Tell me, how often do we find men involved certain activities, purposely creating an environment that women aren’t welcome? How about golf? Or motorcycling? Just yesterday, a man told me that he has two bikes, one for him and one for his wife, but he made it clear that he doesn’t desire to ride with her. He said that in front of me and MY wife, turning to HER when he said it. Oh, he laughed to make it seem as a joke, but he was serious. He didn’t want to share this pleasure of his life with his wife. No, he preferred his buddies. Both sexes are guilty in this type of behavior. Sure, it’s good to have time with the same sex, but we seldom get together as COUPLES, especially as couples while honoring God.

Romans 1:28-32 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

This, my friends, describes our world today. Those of us who are born again have nothing to brag about. We were these people, but we have been plucked out and spared. We are not the same as we once were, but the stain of sin still remains. We’re scrubbing it off, but it’s not gone – yet.

Folks, I don’t see anything in scripture that, apart from God’s direct and divine intervention, human beings will “get better” on their own. No, it’s the other way around. Did our founding fathers have the right intentions? Well, biblically speaking, they had no right to secede from Britain. Were we founded as a Christian nation? Do you homework and judge for yourself. Many of our founding fathers, including George Washington, were freemasons, which is a cult that “believes in the existence of a ‘Supreme Being’ which includes the gods of Islam, Hinduism, or any other world religion.” (https://www.gotquestions.org/free-masonry.html) Thomas Jefferson wrote his own bible in which he removed all the miracles Jesus performed. Sure, there were solid Christians in our early nation, but to say that our founding fathers were Christian is to not understand what they believed and practiced.

This should be evident when you compare the Constitution to the teaching of Moses. Moses was taught by God how to run a nation. There were clear rules of behavior and harsh penalties for many types of infractions. Blessings and curses. The US Constitution was a framework that eventually allows sexual perversion of any kind, promotes infanticide on a scale that would have been unimaginable to the Aztecs who once slaughtered virgins and babies to the volcano gods, and cheapens the value of a life taken so that one hardly spends time in jail for murder. Seldom is anyone executed for a crime.

Today, I see a level of hatred throughout the entire nation that I have not seen before. What’s particularly troubling is the widespread acceptance by our youth that violence is sometimes necessary to make change. Folks, I think we’re seeing just the beginnings of wickedness. Things can get MUCH worse if the Holy Spirit pulls back its reins on evil.

How do we, as Christians, react to all this? Do we remember that God is indeed in control of the situation? Can we find guidance in scripture as we see current events clearly described in what was written centuries ago? Can we rejoice in the Lord in the midst of today’s riots?

I don’t know about you, but the only way I can keep peace and joy is if I jump OFF the crazy train mankind is on. My ability to change the world is zero apart from God. Thinking I can is futile. The world is on fire, folks, so perhaps I should focus instead on that which God has planned for me.

“Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy,
and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”
Revelation 22:11

Guide me, Lord. Amen.

Copyright © 2020 Scott Powers

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