RESTORATION OF AMERICA

A number of political commentators since the advent of Obama have done a thorough job of presenting the problems our nation faces. Without the detailed treatment of corruption by the more outspoken of these, and here I’m particularly thinking of Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter and, more recently Jeanine Pirro, the vicious grasp for power and startling lack of wisdom associated with our highest echelon of public ‘servants’, a large segment of the American public probably would have remained largely clueless about the chaos in Washington.

Unfortunately, we find corruption and lack of wisdom everywhere in our country. My own county represents a dismal example of local corruption.

Once in a while, our political spokespersons note as a contributing factor the debacle of our removal of God from the public square. But this isn’t just a contributing factor; it is our foremost problem. Whatever solution that may be in the offing, whether it will work or it won’t work depends on just one thing: the restoration of God to our collective awareness, our national repentance and the return of our heartfelt obedience to His Word.

With this one move and only with this move, we would have the wherewithal to return our nation to greatness; without it we would accomplish nothing of value but would simply hasten our descent into oblivion, fear, want and oppression. Why would this be? Because according to Scripture we are foolish and blind without God, and incapable of governing ourselves, just as some of our founding fathers openly stated.

In Psalm 14:1-4, for an example from the Old Testament, David speaks about unbelief and its implications regarding a person’s character:

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord.”

In the New Testament, Paul describes in a particularly alarming manner the character of those who persistently fail to apprehend the truth. In 2 Tim 3:1-9, he as this to say about such people:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come, For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.”

In previous postings I had put forward what Scripture suggests is the root cause of why, in the face of Jesus’ own claim to represent the truth, people continue either to place their trust in notions that disagree with Scripture, or to ignore Scripture altogether: it is because they want to. In 2 Tim 3:1-9, as we saw, Paul describes the mindset and practices of the confirmed unbeliever. In this same letter, Paul exhorts Timothy to present Scripture to others as understandable to salvation before a time to come when many who will claim to be Christians will be unable to receive the truth. In 2 Tim 3:15-17; 4:1-4, Paul specifically claims that:

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

In a nutshell, our incapability of understanding truth equates to an incapability to know God, which itself is equivalent to lacking the Holy Spirit Who indwells believers. Throughout Scripture there is a consistent theme as to why that is, but Paul, in Romans 1 and throughout his letters makes it very clear what causes that lack: it is a moral issue. Intellect has little or nothing to do with the unbeliever’s decision to harden his heart, reject Jesus and remain in unbelief. Here again, the truth is presented with such clarity that it is accessible to all but those who may be burdened with the most profound mental disorder. If you would give Scripture the credit it deserves for representing truth, listen to Paul in this matter:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own bodies between themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed evermore. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did exchange the natural use to that which is against nature; and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was fitting. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not seemly. Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, insolent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents; without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful; who knowing the judgment of God, that they who commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but have pleasure in them that do them.”

We once were known as a country that welcomed God, a people who considered Him to be their friend and keeper, and were careful to be obedient to Him. Along with that unique status came a unique responsibility akin to that between God and His special people Israel. Scripture has much to say about the blessing and the curse associated with that responsibility. Deuteronomy 28 is almost entirely devoted to spelling out in no uncertain terms the nature of that responsibility and the consequences of not adhering to it. A sampling, from Deuteronomy 28:15-37 is given below:

“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day, that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee.

“Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy kneading-trough. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy cows, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly, because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou has forsaken me. The Lord shall make the pestilence cling unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, to which thou goest to possess it. The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blight, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish. And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be bronze, and the earth that is under it shall be iron. The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust; from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed. The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies; thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them, and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth. And thy carcass shall be food unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall drive them away. The Lord will smite thee with the boil of Egypt, and with the tumors, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart; and thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways; and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee. Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her; thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein; thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof. Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof; thine ass shall be fiolently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee; thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them. Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in thine hand. The fruit of thy land, and all thy labors, shalla nation whom thou knowest not eat up, and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed always; so that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. The Lord shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore boil that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head. The Lord shall bring thee, and thy king whom thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation whom neither thou nor thy fathers have known, and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword among all nations to which the Lord shall lead thee.”

Did this actually happen to Israel? Oh, yes. It’s right there in Scripture, in the Book of Kings among many other places. It’s also fact as recorded in secular history.

Will this happen to America? Read through that partial list again to see that it already is happening. How much it continues to happen remains to be seen.

May God be our friend in this critical time, not our enemy. It’s up to us.

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