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2 ChRONICLES 7:14 IS THE ANSWER
by Bob Russell, ©2012, blogging at Conservative Daily News
(May 31, 2012) — “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and will pray and seek my face, and will turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear them from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Christians hold the key to the future of America and they are failing in their mission to preserve the freedom given to us by God Himself. The Israelites of old got tired of following the prophets God gave them to oversee their nation and clamored for a king. God wanted them to follow Him but acquiesced to their demands and let them pick a king. They picked Saul and he eventually drove them into slavery because he followed his own human desires and forgot where the real power came from.
Eventually, David was appointed by God through the prophet Samuel. Saul did everything he could to destroy David but God protected him until the time for his reign was at hand. David eventually sinned with Bathsheba and had her husband killed in battle. He paid a very dear price but when he repented and came back to God he was forgiven. When David’s grandson became king, the nation of Israel divided and began growing in their rebellion and even began worshiping idols. For the next few centuries God allowed them to be defeated by their enemies and ended up in slavery, with their nation completely destroyed.
Today America is following the same path, and will be punished for its arrogance in the face of God’s love and kindness. We have been given a great nation, formed from the blood of freedom loving men and women, and defended with the blood of freedom loving men and women for generations, generations that add up to 236 years of freedom from the tyranny of the King of England, or any other tyrant. We have been given a nation, formed upon “Divine Providence,” but are throwing it away. We are on the verge of losing that freedom because we no longer look to God for our freedom; we look to men who have proven themselves to be interested only in giving a voice to their own evil desires in our society.
I continually hear the “anyone but Obama” chant from Christians who look to Mitt Romney as their savior. “Only Mitt Romney can save us from the tyranny of Obama,” and “not voting for Romney is voting for Obama” are the words I am chided and ridiculed with. In a conversation with my pastor a few weeks ago he spoke of a conversation he had with a “Christian” man a couple of years back. This man told my pastor that he was “prayerfully pro-choice”. My pastor had the same thought that hit me immediately, “You’re an idiot!!!!” (I would have voiced my thoughts but he was more discreet).
Rebellion against God is the malady that is destroying our nation. Abortion is accepted as “a woman’s right to choose.” That right to choose, at least as I read the Bible, ends at conception. God formed us in our mother’s womb it says in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. I ordained you a prophet to the nations”. I have been chided with “where is the word ‘abortion’ mentioned in the Bible?” so many times it sickens me. No, the word “abortion” is not in the Bible, but then the word “rapture” is not in the Bible either. I believe that everyone knows what the word “rapture” refers to and I don’t know any Christians who deny the Rapture is going to take place, regardless of what we call it. I believe “caught up” is the most commonly term used. I don’t know where the word “rapture” came from and don’t really care. The point is I understand the concept, regardless of the actual word or term used, as in the references to abortion in today’s vernacular.
“Gay rights” is another misnomer that too many Christians find acceptable under the political correctness tab. In 1 Corinthians 6:9, the Bible states very plainly that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God. I don’t know how anyone can construe that verse as God accepting homosexuality as “normal”. He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because Lot could not find five “righteous men.” In the context of the story I find that to mean he could not find five men who were not homosexuals.
Now I read that a new version of the Bible is being published that promotes, and even celebrates, homosexuality. How can any Christian not find that abhorrent? Churches are even ordaining openly homosexual men and women into the ministry in celebration of their “enlightenment and tolerance.” How can we expect God to honor this nation when that is the order of the day, not only in government, the courts, and secular society, but in our churches?
Some churches are now merging Christianity with Islam, calling it “Chrislam” and once again celebrating their “enlightened” selves. Islam denies the divinity of Jesus Christ and that is acceptable in the name of “tolerance” to some church groups and some Christians? I don’t get it!!! I don’t care how people live their lives in private but society accepting what God calls evil is not the right thing to do. Tolerance and acceptance of these things is not what God calls for in His Word. Jesus called for us to “love the sinner but hate the sin.” Loving the sinner is not the same as enabling and accepting the sin.
Now we find Christians in such fear of another four years of Barack Obama that they will throw God aside and call me names because I refuse to vote for Mitt Romney, a man who openly embraces both abortion and “gay rights”. Romney is a Mormon, allegedly a Christian, but I don’t hold that against him. I know others who are Mormons but hold a much different attitude than does Mr. Romney. What I take issue with is his pandering to the evil that is destroying our nation in order to be “tolerant and inclusive.”
People are being deceived, as is stated will happen in the end times. Right has become wrong and wrong has become right. Standing on biblical principles today in America is cause for ridicule and derision. Calls of “bigot, homophobe, hater, right-winger,” and other vile names are used in order to marginalize and intimidate those who stand on Christian values, to silence any opposition. God is being pushed aside by those “enlightened ones” who know better and are more “tolerant and inclusive”. Those of us who stand by biblical concepts are treated ever more profanely as days go by.
Another four years of Obama may be “all my fault” but I cannot abandon God’s principles to gain the favor of those who are willing to abandon those same principles in order to be accepted in society. When the day of God’s judgment comes to the United States of America as a nation will you be able to say that you stood your ground and did what you could to stop the slide to oblivion? Many people laugh at and deride me now, and many who read this will add their voices of derision and laughter to the cacophony I now hear; but I think of the people who laughed at and derided Noah, until the rain started.
Voting for Romney because he isn’t quite as bad as Obama is not the answer to our nation’s woes. The spirit of fear gripping most Christians today is harmful to us personally and as a nation. That “spirit of fear” gripping our nation is rebellion against God. Until we are willing to stand and fight what seems to be a hopeless fight we will continue to lose because God will not be with us. How many times did the ancient Israelites win battles against hopeless odds because they put their faith in God instead of man? David beat Goliath because he stood when others were afraid to stand. David’s faith in God brought him through an impossible battle because he stood on that faith when the leaders of Israel failed to do so. Joshua at Jericho and Abraham rescuing Lot and the other captives with a token force of warriors are but two more examples of what we can do if we look to God instead of looking to man.
I will write in the name of John Albert Dummett Jr. (www.johndummett.us ) when I step into the voting booth in November. “He can’t win” and “You are wasting your vote” are the popular comments I hear, and that is most likely correct in a fearful and secular nation. John stands for the same values I stand for and takes the same ridicule for his principles that I take. I will not vote out of fear of Obama and I will not vote for the lesser of two evils ever again. I am also voting for Dwayne Thompson (www.dwaynethompson.org ) in the Congressional race in my home district (Ok 2nd) because he stands on God’s principles, not on what sounds fancy to voters. Both of these men will tell you that God is the answer to our problems, not politicians. That is why I support them, because I believe in their message, and in God’s message. They desire to follow God’s word and the Constitution.
Somewhere, sometime, somehow we have to turn this nation around. There is only one way to accomplish that task and that is to get back to our founding fathers’ example. They relied on “divine providence” to lead them and I believe they did a bang up job of creating a nation that is the most free and most prosperous ever created. They didn’t do it by accident and they didn’t do it by relying on fear. They created our nation and our Constitution by prayer and by following the concepts laid out in God’s Word, the Holy Bible. We must get back to that concept if we are to survive as a free nation under the protection of Divine Providence. Any other concept will be met with continued failure and eventual slavery, poverty, tyranny, and death.
Compromising God’s Word is not an option for me. Voting for Romney would be a compromise of the most precious gifts God has given me and I will not do that. Regardless of who wins in November those of us who stand on our Christian principles and values will suffer greatly in this nation because evil will reign. God will not be with a nation who does not want Him and will not force anyone, or any nation, to follow Him. He will have His way in the end. Will you be there, regardless of the cost personally? Will you take the insults and derision to stand for God and the principles that were used to make our nation great or will you play it safe before man?
It may already be too late for America. Noah’s boat may have already sailed, but I am among those who still believe there is time for repentance. There are those crying in the wilderness for repentance of a sinful nation. Those voices are not being heard at this time and it is sad that is the case. A nation, One Nation Under God, is falling away from the very source of power that created it and will pay a terrible price very soon. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is the answer but too many Christians are failing to seek the right answer.
I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility give to me by almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.