Spiritually Dumbed Down, Can’t See Judgement Coming

stormIn the past week we watched Jeb Bush and then Donald Trump join the ever burgeoning melee of Republicans who have declared to run for the presidency. Both speeches were colored with promises and bold statements about America’s recovery. But little time was spent on the so called ‘social issues’ which of course are same sex marriage and abortion.

The term ‘social issues’ is without doubt a misnomer and a rather cowardly and slippery means of putting the nation’s gross slide into everything fleshy and prurient on the back burner. The slide to pure perversion is seen as a social trend and in some cases as a fight for equality or civil rights.

Preachers, prophets, moralists and politicians who haven’t sold out are all warning that these seemingly less important issues are actually the most important matters on the ticket. They are the make it or break it issues for our nation and although the references come mostly from the Bible the consequences for ignoring these issues is so severe that only fools would not give them a serious perusal.

If our view of God is that he is a doting, ambivalent weeping powerless forgive all and let it slide kind of a God, we have never read the Bible, much less believed it.

Many are warning that God is pulling back his hand of protection and that allows terrorist to strike as well as natural calamities to befall our nation. Recently Billy Graham’s daughter Anne Graham Lotz cited the supreme court meddling with marriage, our weakening support for Israel and the continued scourge of abortion as key reasons why God is allowing and in some cases initiating various judgments across the spectrum,

Without scientific proof the secular minded cannot accept that God controls nature, but the biblical record has a very different story. The Bible declares God’s intervention in nature as a promise not a suggestion open for debate. The weather, earthquakes, floods, pestilence, wild animal attacks, disease, terrorism and a dozen other upheavals in nature are all listed in the Bible as means by which God can, and will, intervene in the affairs of men. These attention getters will be on the rise in the next months and years like never before in history.

From the worldwide flood of Noah to the death of one small sparrow God claims to have complete control over the flux and flow of the earth. In the deepest forest or jungle a single bird cannot fall without the knowledge of God. To wit:

“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.” (Mt 10: 29)

Whether its micro or macro, God never loses control nor does he wait for the storm to mass – he is the master of the sea today as he was millennia ago.

As a young man, I was sailing on an oil tanker through the Bermuda Triangle. After a perfectly calm morning, where the seas were as still as a pond, an enormous storm came up in less than ten minutes. Our captain, a man with over four decades of sailing exclaimed that it was the fiercest storm he had ever encountered.

Swells lifted our bow and dropped the mighty ship to the ocean below with such a thud that the shock wave reverberated like an earthquake down the length of the ship. If the shock could not be absorbed the vessel would easily snap in half.

I ignored the captains orders, sent to the aft to stay inside, and I climbed to the highest point in the aft quarters, held on to a rail and observed the most furious display of nature I have ever seen anywhere in my life. I was peaceful and like Paul the Apostle, who also encountered a deadly storm while sailing out of ancient Crete, I knew that no one would be hurt on that voyage. (Acts 27: 34)

The storm ended as quick as it began and as I reflected on the great storm I had just seen as I stood on the deck overlooking the now peaceful blue green waters of the Atlantic, another storm came to mind.

The storm was on the Sea of Galilee and the outcome of that fury is known the world over.

“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (Mt 4: 37-39)

Meteorologists, seismologists’ and the rest of the world combined cannot see nor predict what storms or calamities will befall us in the future, but the prophecies of scripture says many storms will ensue if the nations do not return to the one true God of creation, natures God and man’s judge.

This nation needs to seek more than a conservative presidential candidate, but we must seek safe haven in the God who gave us our nation and will surely hold us accountable for what we do with it during our allotted time. Seek him now as the storm approaches.

As a mother stills her child,

Thou canst hush the ocean wild;

Boisterous waves obey Thy will,

When Thou sayest to them, “Be still!”

Wondrous Sovereign of the sea,

Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

“Jesus Savior Pilot Me” words by Rev Edward Hopper, Minister of the Church of the Sea and Land in New York City

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  • franklinb23

    “The weather, earthquakes, floods, pestilence, wild animal attacks, disease, terrorism and a dozen other upheavals in nature are all listed in the Bible as means by which God can, and will, intervene in the affairs of men.”

    Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. I’m an open Deist, which essentially means that I think God limits the use of His omnipotence and does not, in fact, sovereignly control everything down to the swatting of a fly and the timing of traffic lights.

    Here’s the problem with your statement: even if it were true, what conclusions are supposed to draw from these events in terms of the will of God?

    If a tornado levels a church, should we assume it’s “divine punishment”? What about the recent shooting in a black church by a lone nut? What “message”, if any, are we supposed to draw in terms of what God is supposedly saying?

    The only thing one can do is speculate (unless one wishes to assert that one has some divine connection to the Almighty that no one else has), and I find speculation to be useless.

    • http://www.americanclarion.com/ Bob Ellis

      You bring up some good points. I think it can be unwise to make too much of events that cannot be definitively tied to actions, or to a prophecy. I recall in Luke 13 that some people were trying to make too much of the collapse of a tower in Siloam, and Jesus gently rebuked them for that. But at the same time, Jesus rebuked some people in Matthew 16 for failing to recognize the signs of the times, just as a studious and wise person would recognize the signs in the weather patterns.

      I don’t spend a lot of time studying future prophecy, trying to figure out what form it will take and how to tie it to current events that may or may not be its fulfillment. But as I mentioned to someone in an online Facebook conversation on a similar subject:

      Prophetic messages about future events aren’t so much intended to make sure we know everything about what is to come (maybe not even MOST aspects of what is to come), though they CAN serve to motivate us to think and behave rightly, having some indication of what’s in store. Beyond that, they are of limited fore-value because it is impossible to predict with a high degree of accuracy exactly how something will play out-and as we’ve been seeing for thousands of years and today, good people try, and often get a lot of things wrong.

      The primary function of prophetic messages about the future is to serve as an authentication tool, so that when those events are upon us or we’re looking back on them, we can better recognize the context of those events in relation to the “big picture” of the entirety of history. That authentication function also serves to validate the veracity of the original message and messenger, as well as the reliability of other things the messenger may have said. Practically speaking, future prophecy is highly valuable looking back, but less valuable in attempting to look forward with crystal-clear vision..

      I don’t need to understand every aspect of the book of Revelation to get the most important lessons it was meant to convey: that things are going to get a lot worse before they get better, that someday man’s rebellion against his Creator will be over, and those who trusted their Creator rather than their own “wisdom” will get to enjoy the painless and pleasant existence God always intended for his creation.