I will attempt to resist the temptation to go on the offensive against some heretical theories regarding the world, the church, and America. I am a natural-born American citizen, a native Texan, a Vietnam veteran, a father, grandfather, widower, and a Christian. I have some core convictions regarding life, freedom, liberty, government, etc that are unshakeable. Those core convictions are rooted in my faith in God, my interpretation of the Bible, and my understanding of the reason and purpose for the American Revolution. Freedom is not Free, but it is worth the cost to secure and preserve it.
Some insist that Matthew 24:34 when Jesus said, “this generation will not pass away until all these things happen,” means the generation He was speaking to. Others insist that it means that the generation that sees these things beginning will not pass away before the fulfillment of His prophecy. I believe, based on the entirety of the Bible that He was referring to a future time. You may not and that is your right to interpret things as you believe. Yes, I know that Titus destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D., but I do not believe that all the prophecies of the Bible or the events of the Book of Revelation have transpired in full.
I take seriously the statements of the Bible about war on a large global scale, geological catastrophes, pestilence, epidemics, increased crime, family breakdown, destructive behavior and attitudes, and the lack of civility. I take seriously the warnings about large numbers allowing their love for God to grow cold, religious hypocrisy, widespread apathy, and even ridicule regarding the End of Times and the Coming of the Lord.
The apostle Paul warned Timothy that in the last days there would be incredibly hard times and self-worship and self-centeredness would be pervasive. He warned that greed would be the driving force in society and disobedience, disrespectful attitudes, and behavior would be on display. There would be hatred running amok and the hearts of people would become hard and unforgiving. He warned that desire for pleasure would stifle people’s love for God and false teachings would arise and convince many to embrace heresy.
We have trusted the Arm of Flesh in our pursuit of resolving the problems of America and the world. We have allowed ourselves to be deceived that this battle for Freedom is to be fought in the political arena and won or lost at the ballot box. Please hear me, I believe those are important, but they are not where the battle is won or lost. Anyone reading this who is not a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ or does not embrace the tenets of Christianity will likely disagree.
If we allow hate, thirst for vengeance, and retaliation to prevail we will become as tainted as those seeking the fundamental transformation of America into something other than what the Founding Fathers fought for. The message of Jesus was consistently, “LOVE.” We are to love our neighbors as ourselves. Some argue that they do not love themselves, but the Bible declares, “No man ever hated his own flesh.” (Ephesians 5:29).
If we could reach the place where we embraced and adopted the sentiment and objective of the Declaration of Independence, we would move light years ahead in solving the problems of our world. That sentiment is declared the self-evident truth that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
If we adopted the directives of the Declaration of Independence that man is a created being and that of the Bible that we are ALL created in the image of God could learn to live harmoniously with each other. Sadly, we are subjected to generational hatred and prejudice that precludes peaceful coexistence with anyone outside our ideological worldview. We seem incapable of viewing others in that light and base our opinions on skin pigmentation, ethnicity, religion, or political-ideological persuasions.
I do not hate anyone, although I do detest the actions and lifestyles of some. I fight daily to ensure that my reaction to others is not through the grid of some preconceived stereotyping of them. I believe that God loves all people and gave us the ability to make choices in life. I do not believe that He created us as mindless puppets unable to obey or disobey His directives. He desires obedience and rewards faithfulness.
Love does cover a multitude of sins and a soft answer can cause hate and anger to be abated. However, there are times when no matter what you say or how much you love that person you are directing your Christian and Civil charity toward will not be restrained in their hate. There are times when you must disassociate with people and leave them to wallow in their cesspool of destruction.
Politically in America, we are in a morass of destruction. We did not get there with the election of Joe Biden or any president. What is happening today is a display of the fruit of the seeds of destruction that have been sown for decades. Who is to blame for the condition of America and much of the world? Is it the politicians? Yes, they are to blame for their actions. Is it the power-hungry rich elitists? Yes, they are to blame for their willingness to destroy for their personal gain. Is it the globalists? Yes, they must share much of the blame. But are they the ones whose feet the blame should be laid? I say No!
I blame preachers, churches, and Christians for the destructive conditions that exist. I am part of that number, so I blame myself for where we are. The church allowed the government to effectively silence it with the fallacious or misunderstood and misapplied doctrine of “separation of church and state.” That came to mean nothing of God and the Bible could be used in determining the political direction of the nation. That is a view that opened the door to the destruction of today.
The church and preachers became kingdom builders, not God’s kingdom but their personal empires, and dared not rock the boat. Frequently, preachers refrained from making any statements that might be deemed political or controversial and the sheep were left blind to the dangers. The Bible insists that the watchmen see danger and do not warn, the blood of those destroyed is on their hands.
Our Founding Fathers recognized the value and importance of the biblical teachings in our educational system and warned of the destruction if the Bible was removed. The Bible has been and we are seeing the fruit of that misguided action. Being silent in the face of evil is to become complicit with that evil. God values life and the proponents of abortion do not value the life God created in the womb. God values family and places a high demand on parents to train their children. He paints the picture of the home as having a father and a mother there together training the children.
The prohibitions of the Bible are not for punishment’s sake but for protection! God knows the dangers and damage of illicit sex, homosexuality, pornography, lying, stealing, murder, hate, etc. He has provided us a pathway to peace and prosperity in Him and through the power of Love!
I know that my blog today, could be and will be deemed a sermon, but I believe that if we would return to God, moral rightness, strong homes, and families, and resist the temptation to allow prejudice to define and drive us, we could be restored. I believe that if the Christian family would follow the prescription of 2 Chronicles 7:14, we would see an almost immediate change in our government. I am not saying it is a magic pill to bring restoration, but it is an invaluable first step.
I will stand for Faith, Family, and Freedom as long as I live and I ask that you join me in defeating the evil of this world, by turning to God and doing what is right! I ask that you join me in interceding for America and the world. I ask that you set your heart to making the Golden Rule your guide for life. Let’s unite for America and return to a state of a nation that enjoys the propitious smiles of heaven.
God bless you and God bless America!