2020-10-14 The Great Horde

“for the battle is not yours but God’s” 2 Chronicles 20:15

My dilemma is the choice between two pro-choice Presidential candidates. Before I spend time analyzing the two, I really should look at the scope of the problem. Why? To determine if it is a battle for man or rather a battle for God.

It doesn’t take much to know that there is fierce opposition to the pro-life movement. As some states are trying to tighten permissible abortion, others are removing any restrictions – to the point that the Governor of Virginia suggested that it was OK to kill a baby AFTER birth. It is so over the top yet it does not seem to give pause with the Democratic Party. Instead, they are doubling-down their bet.

Just how far will they go? Look, they won’t give up until abortion is available to all and probably even paid for by the government. Why? Because too many people simply want to have sex with whom and when they want. Nobody is going to tell them otherwise. Furthermore, they will not be burdened with the natural risk associated with sex: a baby.

This is the nature of mankind in a fallen world. I think it is hoping against hope for the Republican Party to eliminate abortion. Might it slow it down? Perhaps, but it will crop up in other places. If this nation is to rid itself of the scourge of abortion, which is ultimately idol worshiping, then it will need to be through the will of God. The hordes simply are too powerful.

Will God do something about it? He certainly could. Recall how God sent a revival to Nineveh through the prophet Jonah. The king sat in ashes and made a proclamation for a nationwide fast.

Jonah 3:8-9 Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”

What was the message that Jonah gave?

Jonah 3:4-5 And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

Was it Jonah that convinced these people? If so, why don’t Americans listen to its own street preachers? No, it wasn’t Jonah but God who opened the Ninevite ears. Why doesn’t God do that with us? Because he is just. Oh, sure, he is merciful, but he is also just. He has mercy on whom he has mercy (Romans 9:15), but will judge and punish those he does not. Rightly so.

Romans 1 explains to us God’s response to human sin. I really would like you to study this passage in detail, but for now, I’m going to give you the three “God gave them ups” for sake of space and time. If you are reading this blog, you should be very familiar with them.

Romans 1:24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,

Romans 1:26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;

Romans 1:28 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.

Isn’t it apparent that God has given this nation up to our debased mind, to do what ought not be done? This verse is fitting:

Romans 1:32 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.

Folks, this is the will of God. Does God desire that all repent? Yes, 1 Peter 3:9 tells us so. But righteousness and justice are the cornerstone of his throne. Apart from mercy, mankind will pay for its sin, and God will let us fall deeper and deeper in it. God will not be mocked (Galatians 6:7).

Hebrews 10:30-31 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Do we really think we are going to vote our way to the end of abortion? It seems to me that God has turned this nation over to our debased mind. The fruit of our deeds is mountains of dead babies. Imagine the delight of Satan, if you will.

Is Donald Trump going to save the day? Is Kanye West? No, I’m afraid not. As with King Jehoshaphat, born-again Christians are faced with an enemy far bigger than us:

2 Chronicles 20:12 O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

We’re going to look into the story of King Jehoshaphat tomorrow, God willing.

Father, I desire to pray within your will. I need to understand these things. Show me. Amen.

Copyright © 2020 Scott Powers

Photo Credit: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/slaughter-bridge-uncovering-colossal-bronze-age-battle

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