Friday, December 23, 2011
Reconciling the times with the season
The headlines going into the Christmas holiday are foreboding. National debt has now topped a record $15,123,841,000,000--that's about $49,263 for every man, woman and child living in the United States. A young couple getting married today is in debt to the federal government at least $98 thousand dollars. The traditional "first kiss" for the returning US Navy ship Oak Hill was between two lesbians as the Navy now must openly allow homosexuals to serve. The White House is about to announce a scientist exchange program between US and China nuclear weapons laboratories similar to the one under President Clinton that resulted in US nuclear secrets boosting China's weapons program.
If ever there were a case that the words of John Jay should be etched on the doorstep of every home, the behavior of Congress and the White House this past year would prove it. Jay, the first Justice of the US Supreme Court, wrote in a letter addressed to Pennsylvania House of Representatives member John Murray, dated October 12, 1816, "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." Many a pastor has preached from the pulpit that Christians should not be involved in politics, and this current gaggle of evildoers in public office are the wages of this errant teaching.
There are many who look within the world system and decry that it is impossible to turn things around for the better. Indeed, looking through the eyes of what we know as human beings--the immediate past and present Administrations have driven Americans into unprecedented debt; Constitutional rights have been trampled as if they were never written; enemies have been allowed unchecked entry into our nation for the purpose of colonization; immorality has overcome our nation like thorns on an abandoned farm. But these adversities are no less than those faced by a handful of Pilgrims, or a small group of minutemen, or the brave souls at Normandy, or the disciples after Jesus ascended to heaven.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:31, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" Yes we have drifted as a nation from our Lord, but let us remember the promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." God sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. Psalm 103:2 says, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits." It all starts with Jesus. May your relationship with Him be renewed during this season; that you may be blessed with peace, comfort and strength.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!