A Brewing Pot of Christian Persecution (Chapter 8)
by Carl Parnell
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Because They Regard Not the Works of the Lord
Believe it not, America is in the midst of its most dangerous Culture War. This Culture War could virtually destroy America as a nation without any military action from a foreign nation or a terrorist group. However, the actual cost in lives and money could very well surpass all the wars that America has fought. In fact, based on the outcome of this war, America could possibly lose its recognition as the most powerful nation in the world. But, why is the current Culture War so much different than other Culture Wars that the United States has fought over the past hundred years?
A Culture War involves an on going debate on social issues between conservatives who advocate a traditional value system and liberals who advocate a progressive value system. Conservatives base their belief system on the tenets of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage, which are contained in the pages of the Bible. On the other side of the Culture War, liberals base their belief system on the postmodern ideologies of secular humanists, which represents rebellion against God.
Each generation of Americans face many different cultural issues. The two main cultural issues that Americans differ on at present are abortion rights and homosexual rights. Basically, most conservatives would oppose these two cultural issues, but most liberals would favor them. But, which side would God logically back? Logically, God would back the side that bases its beliefs on His Word. Therefore, the conservatives most likely would win automatically. However, it appears that God is using another approach to deal with America’s most deadly Culture War. Apparently, God is letting all Americans get their stomachs filled with the ugliness of their cultural ways, as seen in their actions, the actions of their children, and the actions of their government.
How does the war over abortion rights and homosexual rights affect society at large in America? First, abortion is destroying the very soul of America. Every sector of America’s society is affected by the murder of unborn babies by unscrupulous doctors. If there was an excess of jobs in the United States, the labor force would not be able to provide the workers, since millions of future workers were aborted at birth. Could this be one of the reasons that legal and illegal immigrant workers are needed in America? Also, many men and women who would be responsible for saving the lives of many Americans were never permitted to come into the world. Therefore, abortion has cost the United States economy billions of dollars. Fewer workers mean less tax revenue for the U.S. Treasury. Fewer workers mean less Social Security revenue for the U.S. Treasury. Fewer workers mean less money spent on food, clothes, and shelter in America which definitely affects the economy negatively. Get the picture! Of course, let’s not forget the mental and emotional state of those who have had an abortion, too.
Second, homosexual activities are destroying the very soul of America, too. It is amazing to see how the homosexual agenda is being pushed by so many Congressmen in Washington, D.C. It is amazing to see the number of public schools that are promoting a homosexual lifestyle as an acceptable sexual alternative in their curriculum. It is amazing that some states boards of education are changing their mission statement to include “sexual orientation.” It is amazing that some state legislatures are appropriating thousands of dollars to promote homosexuality in their public schools. It is amazing that some schools are celebrating “Gay Awareness Week” each year. It is amazing that many schools are establishing /Lesbian Clubs. It is amazing to see that in some settings boys are actually being taught how to become a homosexual. It is amazing to see that saying anything negative about homosexuality is considered to be politically incorrect. It is amazing to see the actuality of hate crime laws that might possibly prevent preachers from condemning homosexuality from the church pulpit, even though the Bible calls it an abomination.
Ultimately, it is amazing to see how close the United States resembles the ancient city of Sodom and Gomorrah. Of course, anyone who has read the Old Testament in the Bible knows exactly what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah and the rationale behind it. Simply, God does not continually play with those who make a mockery of His Holy Word.
Therefore, as a result of America’s Culture War, America is suffering as a nation. In fact, America is facing a myriad of economic problems that are causing the United States economy to go into a tailspin. Of course, the reasons for America’s economic nightmare might not necessarily be tied to the U.S. economy in itself. They could actually be tied to the spiritual decline of a nation that has turned its back away from a Holy God and has refused to live by His absolute commandments. However, most people would not admit that God’s justice is the reason for America’s swift economic decline in the recent months. Also, anyone who purports such a belief would be considered a lunatic. But, God explicitly states in His Holy Word that mankind should always be conscious that his sins will eventually find him out. Also, the Bible clearly states that the nation that rebels against God will be cursed. Could all the problems that America is encountering today actually be linked to God’s disdain for America’s sins? Does the federal government have the solution to all the problems in the United States?
Obviously, the solution to the United States’ problems lies outside the realm of government intervention. Actually, the solution lies in a renewed covenant with God through His Son Jesus Christ. However, America’s politicians refuse to believe that the problems of the United States are inherent in their lack of faith in Jesus Christ and the sins committed collectively and individually by the inhabitants of the United States. But, in essence, the problems of America are directly related to man’s rebellion against God and Jesus Christ. As stated in Psalm 28: 5, “Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.” This is the very situation that the United States finds itself in today.
Ultimately, the solution that most politicians purport through government intervention is not the best solution. The best solution would be a spiritual awakening to the absolute truths contained in God’s Holy Word, the Holy Bible. Then, God would stay the supernatural forces that are responsible for the current mess that exists in the United States. Then, He would properly receive the praise for reinstating America to its proud status, instead of the United States government itself. As stated in Psalm 68: 19, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” However, at the same time, the Bible clearly states that God will not be continually mocked by man. As written in Galatians 6: 7-8, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” This is also another situation that America finds itself in at present.
As a result of waning spirituality, America is headed for more serious problems than they already have. The Bible states that God will punish those people and nations that rebel against Him. In Isaiah 59:1-4, 7-8, 13, and 18, it states,
1Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
4None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
7Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
8The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
13In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
18According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.
Therefore, as these scriptures so aptly imply, God sees the sins of those who do not regard His Works, individually and collectively. As stated in Isaiah 60:12, “For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.” This is the message from the Holy Bible that private citizens and government politicians who rebel against God should take heed to in the months and years to come. As a result of their rebellion against God, they must accept the blame for many of the problems that America is facing. If individual Americans continue to resist the Holy Spirit tugging at their heart’s door, they will have the blessings of God stayed in their lives. If politicians continue to promote sin in the bills that they introduce in Congress and the President decides to sign them into law, it will cost America as a nation. According to Numbers 32:23, when you fail to follow the dictates of God, you will have to face consequences. It states, “But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.” This is the situation that many of America’s private citizens and elected leaders find themselves in at present.
In fact, they are acting similar to the Hebrew children and their leaders who came out of Egypt during the great Exodus. While Moses went to talk to the Lord on Mt. Sinai, they played before the golden calf created by Aaron, their high priest. As written in Exodus 32:1-10,
1And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
2And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.
3And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.
4And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
5And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.
6And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
7And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:
8They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 9And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
10Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
Therefore, as evidenced from these scriptures, God was extremely angry at the people that He had set free from Egypt. Aaron, the high priest, had made a replica of an idol god who the people had given credit for delivering them out of the hands of the Egyptians. In fact, God was angry enough to permit His wrath to consume them, except for the fact that Moses convinced God to stay His Almighty and Powerful Hand. Of course, sometimes no one is able to convince God to spare His judgment on stiffnecked people. Prayerfully, America has not arrived at that point in time yet. But, in reality, America has arrived at this point in time. America has become a rebellious and stiffnecked nation, just like the Hebrews during the time of Moses. Also, America is attempting to exist in a deep, muddy pit. Unfortunately, at present, the pit is getting deeper and deeper. Many Americans are forsaking their belief in a faithful, loving God. Instead, they are putting their trust in a government and its leaders who are leading them down a road loaded with the pleasures of sin, which is not the type of benefits that God desires mankind to enjoy. As a result, those who have chosen to rebel against God are asking for the wrath of God to consume them. Their cultural sins associated with abortion, homosexuality, illegal drugs, fornication, adultery, and other sins of the flesh are dooming themselves to meet their creator in an unprepared state of spiritual readiness. This is the situation that America is in today. God, please lead America back to you, instead of the United States government. If not, America will be doomed as a nation because its inhabitants and leaders chose to travel down the wide and crooked road of sin and rebellion.
Ultimately, America is at a crossroads in its existence. But, political, social, and economic problems are not the problems that will destroy America as a nation. But, rebellion against God will. The lack of true faith in God by America’s leaders will create a spiritual vacuum in the nation established by Christian statesmen over two hundred years ago. As a result, many Americans may tend to follow in the footsteps of their leaders, instead of the footsteps of Jesus Christ, God’s Only Begotten Son who died for their sins. Sadly, America is in this situation today because it does not regard the works and operations of God the Creator and Father of all Mankind. However, according to Kind David in Psalms 73:28, “It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.”
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