5:00 p.m….Just another thought….has anybody noticed how Barack Obama is going to bring about “change we need” with the same old Democrats who have been in office for years??
4:50 p.m….Steve sent an email from work, saying that a man we both worked with, has a grandson who was hit by a car. He has massive internal injuries. We do not know any other details, or even his name and age. Please pray for this person. The grandfather’s name is Paul Cannon.
Part of me feels like this is a sad day, and another part feels that God’s will is being carried out, so how can it be sad? Maybe it should be exciting. God is the one that puts kings – and presidents – in their places of power. So he has a purpose for Barack Obama becoming president. But I am torn.
Now, what the reason is, I don’t know. It could very well be to punish America. Yes, I said that outloud. You all know I did not want him to be president. I wanted Mike Huckabee. But God had a different plan. So now we must watch, to see what that plan is. God doesn’t do things the way we think He should do them.
He had a purpose for George Bush being president. Personally, I believe that he was the right man for the job, at the time we needed that kind of man. He was not afraid to go to war with the maniacs who attacked us. And I KNOW there is much we the people don’t know about the decisions he had to make. A reporter said earlier that it takes 25 years for the paperwork to be released, that will tell more confidential information about decisions President Bush had to make. HE KNOWS MORE THAN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY! And he has carried those secrets with him, out of the White House. He is living with the country giving him only a 20% approval rating, without saying anything about the details of why he did what he did. He cannot say. He cannot adequately defend himself.
Do I think he is perfect? No…absolutely not. He is human, just like the rest of us. He has made and will make mistakes. Yes, even presidents make mistakes.
America, while having done a lot of good things, has also done a lot of really bad things. We are not the Godly country we should be. We are not the shining light that might draw people to Jesus, as we should be.
My view of what America was supposed to be, has been disagreed with in the past. I don’t mind if you disagree, but I DO mind if you get ugly, or if you harangue me, trying to get me to accept your views. It won’t happen. So don’t waste my time and your energy.
God gave Israel to the Jews. It was the land of milk and honey. It was the land where they would have everything they needed. I believe America was supposed to be the land of milk and honey for the Gentiles. The land to be a launch pad for getting the word out about Jesus, to the rest of the world. We certainly have the resources. We are a rich country. And we have the technology. We have everything we need.
Dan 12:4…But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end. Many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase .” NLT
Knowledge has certainly increased. My great-grandmother died in 1977, when I was 20. I can remember her telling me that she traveled in a covered wagon as a young girl (she was born in 1888), and saw men go to the moon as an elderly adult. Knowledge has increased tremendously over the last 100 years. And I think most of you who read this, will agree that we are in the end times. It is very close.
But…eventhough we have done much good…we have failed in some huge ways. Our country has gone downhill, to the point where a woman can kill her unborn baby for any reason, at any time in her pregnancy. In recent years, conservative Christians have made a difference in that there have been laws made to restrict abortions. And partial birth abortion has been banned. At least it has officially. I believe it is still being performed. After all, murder is illegal on the books, but it still happens. We should not be fooled into thinking that all people involved in this horrific deed, will automatically obey the laws. If they will kill in the first place, then they will kill whether it is legal or illegal.
America promotes abortions as a form of birth control in other countries. It’s not enough that we promote it here – murder disguised as birth control – but because of our world-wide influence, we push it on other countries. And if America does it, it must be ok…right?
More and more of the country is accepting “same-sex marriage.” *Shudder* If that thought is disgusting to us, just imagine how disgusting it is to God.
Lev 18:22-25…..22 “‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.
23 “‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.
24 “‘Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled.
25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. NIV
See, people were doing these things, and God drove them out of their homeland. Even the very earth was defiled by the sins of these people, and God punished it. So why would he not punish America? We have allowed, as national policy, what He says is wrong!
Lev 20:13…..13 “‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. NIV
Of course, we live in the age of grace now, which means God forgives sins if you are His child (read that accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior – yes that LORD part is important), so we don’t put people to death for these acts. But they are still wrong. And God will judge them in the end.
God has used ungodly governments to punish His own in the past. (Judg 6:1
6:1 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. NIV – and that’s only one example.) Why would He not do it now? Our pastor always says, “If God doesn’t punish America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Please don’t misunderstand….I do not care that President Obama is black. Or half black. Mixed race. I am mixed race also. A Heinz 57 variety. I don’t care if the man is purple and has one eye in the middle of his head. His appearance is unimportant. His genetics are unimportant.
But his morals are extremely important. And they appear to Christians to be less than what God would want. He has said he will overturn (or at least he will try) laws that restrict abortion. He says personally he is against abortion. Hogwash. That’s not enough. If you genuinely believe abortion is wrong, you will believe it is wrong for EVERYONE!
He says he is against same-sex marriage. But he will work to make it the law of the land. So what does that say about his real beliefs? Yeah.
Can you imagine how America would be blessed by God if we had a president who was not ashamed to stand up and say, “I believe in Jesus Christ as my savior and Lord, and am not afraid to lead this great country by His laws?”
I am watching the parade now. I see all these people lined up in 26 degree weather (and the temperature is dropping as the sun sets in DC), to see the man they believe will be the savior of our country. See, there are those who elected this man, knowing he goes against God’s laws. They thought that was a plus. But there are soooo many who voted for Obama, because they think change is what we need, without fully understanding what that change means. Or without understanding even a tiny little bit. There are those who are so excited, having helped elect the first “black man” as president of the United States. But they know not what they have done. That is not a reason to elect someone, just as it is not a reason to keep someone from the office of president.
We have proclaimed to the world that we are no longer a Christian nation. We are an inclusive nation. We accept all kinds of wrong-doing, if that’s what free people want to do. But in doing so, we have ruined our witness for Jesus Christ. We have always been taught that the non-Christian Arab world hates us because we support Israel. And it’s true. But I don’t believe that is the only reason. I believe they hate us because we have, in the past, been recognized as a Christian nation. And Satan just can’t have that. He has worked and worked, to turn us into a predominantly non-Christian nation, so that we won’t have so much influence in bringing others to Jesus Christ. That’s his main goal.
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools
23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.
27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,
30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. NIV
There is just enough truth in Satan’s lies to make them believable.
Now….we must pray. Yes we can! Because God isn’t finished yet.
Col 1:16…..For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. NIV
Prov 8:15-16…..15 By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just; 16 by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth. NIV
Luke 1:52…..52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. NIV