Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sound The Alarm

In Joel 2:1 the prophet writes, “Blow the horn in Zion; sound the alarm..” and this is the message for today in America.  To visit almost any national monument is to see inscribed in stone words found in the Holy Bible.  This is a testimony to the historical truth that America was birthed with Jehovah God and His Holy Word as the foundation.  The early citizens clearly understood that absence the ‘hand of God’, no ‘new nation conceived in liberty’ is established.  As a result in those early days, most political candidates were required to possess a belief in God.  Those who served in the ‘public service’ truly represented those who sent them to serve.  The culture today has changed greatly.
Recently there was a report of a ‘new segment’ of society called ‘apatheists.’  These are the folks who vacillate (religiously speaking) between ‘apathy’ and ‘atheism.’  Additionally, almost 50% of those surveyed stated they NEVER gave any thought of going to heaven nor did they seek divine wisdom.  More telling about the attitude found in our culture is the fact that 1 in 5 people scoff at the idea that God has a plan for everyone’s life.
Reading this information birthed several thoughts in my head and heart.  Candidly my first reaction was a heart-ache as each item I read emphasized the arrogance of humanity.  In large measure we have bought into the self-deception that ‘god is who we make him’ and we make him like ‘us.’  This is a bummer for me because I don’t really care to worship a god that can be explained? 
My next reaction is this information was sadness because it demonstrates that when a people receives too much wealth, they no longer need or want God in the picture.
Reading the Bible today is a great deal like reading the paper because it is so relevant.  Paul writes to Timothy and says, “In the last days there will come times of difficulty. People will be  lovers of self and money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit,  lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.”
This sounds exactly like today’s culture.  My prayer is that God’s people will “SOUND THE ALARM” so that, in this New Year, we can return to Him and HIM to us.

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