Tuesday, March 12, 2013

America - An Upside Down Nation

When I was a little boy we used to play on the “Jungle Gym.”  Actually, ‘us’ less sophisticated types called it the “Monkey Bars.”  The only reason it was called “Monkey Bars” was because we (little boys) would get on the bars and act like monkeys.  We would hand upside down from our knees and our feet.  As I remember, this was a lot of fun, well, at least for a little bit.
Physiologically, it is not a good idea to hang upside down for an extended period of time.  Dr. Ashley Grossman tells us that to hang upside down  for an extended period of time, “Fluid will start to ease out of your blood vessels, you can’t get oxygen, and the lungs will become rather stiff so you will get breathless.”  By the way, to remain in that position can lead to a stroke or death. 
Another problem which develops is with your circulatory system.  The heart uses gravity to perfuse your lower extremities so it doesn’t use much pressure to send blood to your feet.  At the same time, the heart uses extra pressure to perfuse the brain because it is working against gravity.  To hang upside down for an extended period of time can cause some disastrous results.
To look around this country is to realize there is something out of sync, out of ‘whack’ and even upside down.  Things in this nation have drastically changed in the last half century. 
To read about the nation of Judah in Isaiah 5 should sober the nation of America.  Through the prophet, Isaiah, God issues this warning, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.  Woe to those who call darkness light and light darkness.”  Certainly and sadly, in this last 50 years we have seen this culture change their views on right, wrong, good, bad, as well as moral and immoral.  In large measure, we have dismissed God from our public life and for many, from our personal lives.
The societal results are devastating. Pregnancy out of wedlock, living together out of wedlock, abortions, school shootings, and violent crimes, are but a few of the ungodly results we are living with.  Once again we can look to Isaiah 5 and read God’s response to His people-Judah, “Now I will tell you what I am about to do to My vineyard: I will remove its hedge, and it will be consumed; I will tear down its wall, and it will be trampled. I will make it a wasteland.  It will not be pruned or weeded; thorns and briers will grow up.  I will also give orders to the clouds that rain should not fall on it.”
The same God who blessed this nation in her founding, the same God whose words are written on almost every national monument, and the same God who sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, is the same God who can take an upside down nation and turn her right-side up. 
He will do this, if only we meet HIS requirements.  (2 Chronicles 7:14)  He is the answer for every need we face.

Checkout Pastor Jerry’s web site @ www.jerrywatts.net for his books entitled 
“Words Of Warning”
"And They Were Called Christians"

Bro. Jerry Watts

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