Thursday, January 14, 2016

Spiritual State of our Union

Two nights ago, I listened to our God-appointed national leader discuss what he believes to be the state of our country.  I respect his position of authority and I believe he is there only because God has allowed him to be there.  But, I didn't agree with his words.

After the speech, I shuddered in fear, wondering if destruction was right at our door. The arrogance was literally seeping through my television screen.

Perhaps I am wrong, but I don't remember hearing God's name mentioned even once...not even an obligatory God Bless America. The lack of Jehovah seemed to set the tone for the whole evening. 

There were certain comments I totally disagreed with.  I don't believe our economy is strong and durable.  I don't believe we speak out and stand up for the weak. (How do we explain the continual slaughter and selling of baby parts?)  I don't believe that we are building up ISIS to be something they aren't...I believe they really do threaten our national existence.

But, what really bothered me more than anything was his proclamation that the State of our Union is strong.  Loud, raucous applause erupted after this final proclamation and I curled into myself, wondering just how deceived We the People really are.

We have been in a free fall since last summer and there seems to be no desire for repentance.  I believe the spiritual state of our country will rule all areas.  If we are weak spiritually, then we are weak in everything.

The tone of the evening is that We Are America and We Are Indestructible.  He literally said that "No nation attacks us because they know that's the path to ruin."  Pride always goes before the fall and that is the real reason I believe the state of our union is in utter chaos.  It is God alone that has allowed America to be blessed and protected all of these years. When humanism replaces that Good Father, the Bible says a fall will surely result.

There is a minor prophet named Obadiah that speaks of a country named Edom, which came from Esau's line. 

In a vision the Lord God showed Obadiah the future of the land of Edom.[a]
“A report has come from the Lord,” he said, “that God has sent an ambassador to the nations with this message: ‘Attention! You are to send your armies against Edom and destroy her!’”

“I will cut you down to size among the nations, Edom, making you small and despised.

“You are proud because you live in those high, inaccessible cliffs. ‘Who can ever reach us way up here!’ you boast. Don’t fool yourselves! Though you soar as high as eagles, and build your nest among the stars, I will bring you plummeting down,” says the Lord.

“Far better it would be for you if thieves had come at night to plunder you—for they would not take everything! Or if your vineyards were robbed of all their fruit—for at least the gleanings would be left! Every nook and cranny will be searched and robbed, and every treasure found and taken.

“All your allies will turn against you and help to push you out of your land. They will promise peace while plotting your destruction. Your trusted friends will set traps for you, and all your counterstrategy will fail. In that day not one wise man will be left in all of Edom!” says the Lord. “For I will fill the wise men of Edom with stupidity. The mightiest soldiers of Teman will be confused, and helpless to prevent the slaughter.

10 “And why? Because of what you did to your brother Israel. Now your sins will be exposed for all to see; ashamed and defenseless, you will be cut off forever. 11 For you deserted Israel in his time of need. You stood aloof, refusing to lift a finger to help him when invaders carried off his wealth and divided Jerusalem among them by lot; you were as one of his enemies.

I'm not saying the exact same thing will happen to America, but I do believe that there is a pattern in scripture that is always fulfilled:  intense pride always precedes a great fall.

Pray for our nation?

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