Jesus said, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’”
My heart breaks and I join with the prophet Jeremiah saying, “Oh that my head were waters and my eyes a fountain of tears that I could weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people.” We are becoming a nation of hypocrites just as Isaiah said, “Calling evil good and good evil; substituting darkness for light and light for darkness.”
We are losing our children, not just to the assault of mentally deranged killers, but also at the hands of mothers- and fathers-to-be. While the nation discusses better ways to protect our school children, and rightly so, the population has allowed the lives of more than 50 million of the most helpless, innocent beings on the planet to be terminated. Tiny bodies ripped apart in the wombs of their mothers. No, we can’t stop all evil people from taking innocent lives, nor can we stop a determined mother from terminating her pregnancy, but we don’t have to approve those actions nationally with bad laws and court decisions. Judgment always comes on nations that shed innocent blood. Isn’t it hypocritical to say you want to protect some innocent children, but not all innocent children? The German population tolerated the lie that some people must be exterminated – the Jews.
God is being mocked while people carry in their pockets and purses currency and coins that say they trust in God, but prove to be trusting in everything and everyone else but God. It’s Pharaoh all over again and worshiping idols in the high places. It’s one thing for a person to break a law and to live a lawless life. It becomes an entirely different matter when that population or nation changes the laws to accommodate the rebellion and disregard of God’s Word.
Sacred marriage, an institution established by God even before the church, is being desecrated by both heterosexuals and homosexuals. Practices which God says are inappropriate and even sinful are now being promoted as normal, being embraced and heralded as positive progress akin to civil rights. When the nation’s legislators and the courts approve that which God so obviously disapproves and which nature reveals as unnatural, it is an indicator that the downward spiral is rapidly increasing. God has made it clear that failure to acknowledge Him will lead to idolatrous practices, unnatural affections, and depraved thinking.
Homosexual activists were furious when the recent decision concerning the Boy Scouts allowing gay troop leaders aroused concern and even protests. Gay activists said, “You are implying that we may be pedophiles!” Well, one must wonder if that is next up for debate! Men and women who are attracted to children will simply say that the God whose word they disregard and whose very existence is frequently denied is to blame for creating them with those desires.
How twisted can people get in their thinking? What is the answer? How long will the nation practice hypocrisy indicating that we believe the Bible by taking an oath on it? The trend today is not only to get the Bible out of the courtroom and out of national inaugurations and all public events, but to actually get the God of the Bible out of American life. That’s the intent of the spirit of deception, darkness, and destruction committed to bringing this nation down. God says when you put other gods before Him, the hedge of protection will be removed and the enemy will come in like a flood. If you leave the shelter and shadow of the Almighty, storms will wreak havoc.
The consequences of rebellion and sin always results in the loss of that which is precious, including the ability to prosper. Bad practices and policies always take a toll on the economy. Always HAVE! Always WILL! I think the majority of Americans still believe right. We have allowed the people who don’t believe right to rule the day. A biased media is perhaps the greatest contributor. Americans are being taught to hate that which is good. It’s not just a matter of getting Christ out of Christmas and Christmas celebrations out of the public square, there is a move to get Christ out of America and out of every life! It’s not just our motto “In God We Trust” that is under assault, it’s the God in whom we must trust who is being attacked!
When individuals rebel against God, they will suffer the consequences in their personal lives. God is anxious to forgive, to cleanse, and to restore those who return to Him with repentant hearts. He will actually renew our minds and our thinking. We need that nationally. When a nation forgets God, forsakes and rebels against Him, that nation will suffer the consequences. The proof of this in history both biblical and for all time is irrefutable.
Americans are also making the tragic mistake of creating an enemy of those who have succeeded. They fail to consider that the upper end of income earners – the top 1%, 2%, 5%, or 10% – are paying the vast majority of taxes to support our federal government, which in turn provides all the entitlement care that people are crying out for. There is no sense of gratitude, just hatred for those who are portrayed as always greedy, which is far from the truth. The tragedy is the ability to even succeed is now also under attack. The very possibility of getting out of the pit of debt and despair, the possibility of an abundant harvest and prosperity is now under assault. It is now the very freedom that allows people to succeed and prosper that is being characterized as evil.
My challenge to those who’ve been blessed and have prospered is to no longer be satisfied with the fact that you may have paid 30–40% of your income to the federal government in taxes to help take care of the welfare programs and other problems. You’re going to have to become personally and compassionately involved with the needs of the suffering and downtrodden. You can’t continue to turn it over to Pharaoh (our federal government), believing their promises to take care of the poor. Many ask, “Why are concerned people protesting paying more taxes?” Who in their right mind would want to turn any more of their money over to a group that has so grossly mismanaged the money entrusted to their care? No sane person would want to give our government any more money to waste, spend ineffectively, or even use to promote destructive behavior. Common sense alone says, “Stop the insanity!”
To everyone who has succeeded and prospered financially, now is the time to not only focus your attention on God and get Him in first place, but don’t worship the blessings you’ve enjoyed no matter how much you like them. Now is the time to really love your neighbor and establish compassionate connections. Together we can find effective ways to alleviate suffering and assist those with legitimate needs. We can teach them, show them and train them to succeed. Blessed people must lead by personal example and involvement. Desperate people are yearning to find someone worthy of their respect and admiration.
The apostle Paul told Timothy to, “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” Stop trusting the government to take care of the needs of others. Focus your attention as leaders, entrepreneurs, businessmen and businesswomen, and ask, “How can we assist the suffering with compassionate acts around the world, here in our nation and in our own communities?” This will prove to be an answer not only to our prayers, but the prayers of Jesus.
The real hope for inspiration and a worthy example should first be revealed through the church of Jesus Christ. Believers must come together in holy harmony and unity, rightly connected to one another, joining together for the glory of God and submitting to the one head – Jesus Christ. We must believe what God says and by His grace and in the power of His Spirit, with the whole armor of God, take a stand. We will face all challenges believing what the prophet Jeremiah promised:
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord.
For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.”
Let’s take our stand right there, not only planted by the river of life, but allowing the river of God’s life to flow freely through us to a world groping in darkness. We can and must call both the church and America back to God, not just honoring Him with their lips, but loving Him with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Much of the church is too complacent to be compassionate and courageous. This must be corrected immediately! It is by joining together “Under God” in compassionate outreach that we will put God’s arms around a declining nation and a desperate world.