Christian

A Holy Nation

“Righteousness makes a nation great, but sin degrades any people”

proverbs 15:34

America has a problem – sin!

We like to talk about how we are the greatest nation on earth; the greatest nation that ever existed and how we are a Christian nation. We boast about our military might, wealth, and democratic values. We boast about how “good” we are and how much we love. Are we? Do we? Or is this nation so bathed in sin and demonic activities that we are merely a shadow of what we should be? Have the walls that cover our secret sins beginning to crumble around us?

“​For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light

Luke 8:17

There are many issues at the heart of what is happening in this nation. James warned that “if you harbor in your hearts bitter jealousy and selfish ambition, don’t boast and attack the truth with lies! This wisdom is not the kind that comes down from above; on the contrary, it is worldly, unspiritual, demonic. For where there are jealousy and selfish ambition, there will be disharmony and every foul practice” (James 4:14-16).

A​s soon as we mention sin and demonic activity the world goes into a frenzy. Yet, those are the primary source of the ills we see in this country and around the world. All forms of bitterness, jealousy, and selfish ambition go back to the prideful desires that caused Lucifer’s fall from heaven. They were at play in the Garden of Eden, the slaying of Abel, the Tower of Babel, and is in every unrighteous act of man to this day. 

I​t is possible that I am preaching to the choir here, but I have seen much of this tolerated, empowered, and practiced in the church today. Congregational leaders are participating in events and supporting politicians, groups, and institutional leaders who embody these traits. Congregants spew the same poisonous rhetoric to each other, and form groups based on their political ideology. 

Believers should not take part in or encourage these behaviors. Our gathering should be according to Paul’s encouragement in Hebrews 10:25-31. We should not partner with those who are intent on acting in a manner contrary to scripture. Nor should we follow Congregational leaders who are corrupting the Word of God for their own selfish ends. The church is complicit with the sins of the nation. Without immediate change, we will not last. God will judge this nation, and we cannot save ourselves!

TRUMP’S REPENTANCE

Therefore, just as you received the Messiah Yeshua as Lord, keep living your life united with him. Remain deeply rooted in him; continue being built up in him and confirmed in your trust, the way you were taught, so that you overflow in thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:6-7 (CJB)

How do we know that someone has truly repented and now live a life united with Messiah Yeshua with a devotion to advancing the Kingdom of God? After Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in November 2016, I watched as prominent Christians and other ministry leaders walk slowly to the line of declaring him a Christian. The slow walk became a sprint as more and more people began echoing that declaration. He was declared to be prominent biblical characters like Cyrus, and Jehu. He was called God’s anointed, and the Chosen One—a title he boldly embraced in a news conference on the White House Lawn.

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Even The Land Obeys

“Because of the transgressions of a land, many are its princes; but by a man of understanding and knowledge right will be prolonged” (Proverbs 28:2).

If you are like me, you probably had to read over this passage a number of times before it becomes clear what message it conveys. In Leviticus 18, after warning the Israelites not to commit the sins of the inhabitants of the land before them, the Lord warned;  “Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you. For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants.  You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations, either any of your own nation or any stranger who dwells among you (for all these abominations the men of the land have done, who were before you, and thus the land is defiled), lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you”.

Solomon, in Proverbs 28, draws on this warning when he said that because of the transgressions of the [nation] many will come to rule over it. History has made clear the truth of this Proverb, which America has thus far been spared from, thanks to the constitution limiting the terms of those elected to political offices but even the constitution has limits. As a matter of fact, when it comes to the word of God everything is limited.

Leaders can lead a whole nation away from God; we have seen this throughout the ages and ancient Israel is the prime example we Christians often draw on. Europe has gone spiritually bankrupt because they have been led by those who are spiritually bankrupt and America is hastily following in their footsteps. In a democracy where those in power are elected to office, they either represent or mislead the people who vote for them. In the end, their spiritual health or poverty will be the driving force behind their ventures and accomplishments.

A democratic nation that votes for a spiritually bankrupt leader has either been deceived or that leader’s character and traits represent that which the citizens embellish.  The church, in a democratic nation, has to be concerned when the elected leader was and continues to be antithetic to biblically Christian values.

A known liar has either lied his/her way to the top office or they have successfully deceived the people.

A known cheater has either cheated his/her way to the top office or the people turn a blind eye to such a character flaw.

Someone known to have “an evil eye [for riches]” (Proverbs 28:22) who is elected to the top office has either deceived the people or is the personification of a set of national values.

Someone known to “increase possession by usury and extortion” (Proverbs 28:8) who is elected to the top office has either succeeded in doing just that or the people care little for the poor and the honest laborer.

Someone “who turns away [his/her] ear from hearing the law” (Proverbs 28:9) will neglect the rule of law even when he/she has the power to enact them.

A democratic nation that enables and emboldens the sins of those who continue to act in such a way may in fact have sunk to such level itself. A Christian nation that enables and embolden such behavior must keep in mind the very template we often draw on; Israel.

We should never forget that “the wicked will flee when no one pursues”; “because of the transgressions of a land, may are its princes”; “Those who forsake the law, praise the wicked”; Evil men do not understand justice”; “Better is the poor who walks in his integrity that one perverse in his ways, though he be rich”; “One who turns away from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination”; “He who covers his sins will not prosper”; “A ruler who lack understanding is a great oppressor”; “He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife”.

Take heart you who read this, for when the wicked flee “the righteous are embolden”; “By a man of understanding and knowledge, right will be prolonged”; “those who seek the Lord has understanding”; “Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son”; “The blameless will inherit the good”; “Whoever confesses and forsakes his sins will have mercy”; “Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved”; “He who trusts in the Lord will be prospered” and “whoever walks wisely will be delivered.”

Let us, as a nation, adhere to the latter and not the former actions. (more…)