14 June 2012
Is the United States of America going to become the first country in the history of the world to live with a wicked culture and not be judged by God? This seems to be the prevailing attitude of most Americans, even in my conservative state of Georgia. As I talk to people, especially the ones under the age of 40 at our church, I am learning that most of them truly believe that what's going on in our culture is not all that bad. By "what's going on in our culture", I mean things like:Taking prayer out of our schools, making it illegal for little children to pray out loud to Jesus - the One True God of the universe. And we call this freedom? Matthew 21:14-16, Mark 10:14, Matthew 18:6
- Electing a president who believes in a faith that is contrary to the teachings of the Word of God.
- Making the murder of innocent, unborn children legal and acceptable since 1973. It still makes no sense to me how a mother has any kind of choice in that.
- Glorifying TV shows about "desperate" housewives who have erotic sexual experiences with men who are not their husbands.
- Supporting a president who would like to overturn a law that has been in effect for 240 years regarding same-sex marriage. Our society as a whole is accepting, condoning, allowing, and encouraging homosexual behavior.
I was just reading in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution yesterday how a family was awarded $3 million in a lawsuit against his heart surgeon because this 31-year-old man, who had a wife and two children, died while having sex in a threesome with 2 other women - who was not his wife. The story itself was troubling, but what bothered me even more was that the tone of the article was so "matter of fact", like the man had won a Pulitzer Prize, or hit his 50th homerun, or had spotted a tornado. Has it really become so common that a man can be known to cheat on his wife, with two people at the same time, and not only is this not a big deal, but his family is also awarded millions of dollars because of it?
So, this is where our culture is. If you ask most people, you would get varying responses, but generally, they would tell you that God doesn’t care, that God is love, and that you should focus on yourself, and not what other people are doing. In First Samuel, at the end of Chapter 2 (verse 12), it says that Eli’s family was judged because his sons were wicked men; they had no regard for the Lord or for the priest's share of the sacrifices from the people. Both of them die later in First Samuel, but when we get to the New Testament, we clearly see that God deals with us in a different way. Even if God, in the way that he now deals with people under the new covenant, decides that he is not going to bring judgment upon the United States of America as a whole, we will still have to suffer devastating consequences for the poor decisions that we’re making. You can’t spend money recklessly, allow homosexual behavior, promote TV shows about adultery, kill innocent children, and not allow children to praise to Jesus in school, and still think that there won't be devastating consequences.
So, our best-case scenario is that we’ll have to suffer these consequences, which God will allow to take place, kind of like gravity. The other alternative is that even though we’re under the new covenant, and God deals with people differently than He did in the old covenant, He will eventually decide that He's going to step in and do something similar to what he did in the Old Testament to the cities and cultures that turned their backs on Him. And if that happens, we are going to be in a world of hurt! The sad thing is that most Christians will tell you it's not their fault, but, as Keith Green said, it’s got to be somebody’s fault. So who will take responsibility?
I had a client send me a very good newsletter with some charts, which I found to be outstanding, and I want to include one of those charts above in this section. I post one of these charts on my Facebook page about every 30 days. They can be sent out in emails and shared on your Facebook page, so that we can all help to influence this next round of voting that’s getting ready to occur in November. Thanks for the charts Alex!