“Will We Learn by Our Mistakes ??” 2/28/2014

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2 Chronicles 7:14ifMypeople who are called by Myname will humblethemselves, and pray and seekMyface, and turn from theirwickedways, then I will hear from heaven, andwillforgive their sin and heal their land.  (NKJV)
 
Today, in the USA (like many other countries of the world) we came to a fork in the road many years ago, and have taken the wrong turn from the road that Americans have been traveling down for over 3 centuries…  In the 1950’s and 60’s in this country, children had respect for their parents…  Families ate meals together as families…  We went to church as a family…  And there were many a day when my dad used the belt on the rear end of us 3 kids, when we disobeyed our parents…  The most sex you saw on TV in the 50’s was on “I Love Lucy”, where there may have been a bedroom scene showing Lucy and Ricky in separate beds…  And the use of vulgar language, suggestive words and actions, and indecency in dress were rarely, if ever, seen…
 
I came across this article from 1952 on “Sex and Profanity on TV”, that has a 12 point guide to what shall be deemed objectionable on TV…put out by what was then the National Television Review Board…  Here is the link for this list of don’ts that will probably bring a laugh from many a reader in today’s society…  http://jfredmacdonald.com/onutv/profanity.htm
 
The fight today over gay rights was not part of anyone’s conversation back then…  And the idea that we would now have 2 states that have passed the legal use of marijuana would have been far from anyone’s mind, to be sure…  The Roe v. Wade United States Supreme Court decision in 1973 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_v._Wade) changed the landscape with even another layer of grease that brought us down the slippery slope we are on today, headed farther and farther from the godly direction God had intended for His people in this country to travel…
 
Friends, I look at this opening scripture with God speaking to the Israelites, and can apply it to this day and age…  I believe God’s people then (the Israelites), are now Christians named after Christ (called by Myname)… But the sins of the Old Testament are still sins in God’s eyes today…  Our current President is the first President of the USA to agree with same-sex marriage…  And the legalization of abortion has brought the number of abortions per year in this country (who considers themselves to be 70% Christians), to over 50 million legal abortions since 1973…  Though the rate of abortions has been dropping since the peak year of 1990…we still kill unborn, living babies at an unfathomable rate each year…  
See   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_the_United_States
 
I don’t sit here in judgment of people who believe in same-sex marriage, or in abortion…  But I do believe that God will judge all people, both His children, and those He does not know as a child of God…for sins that are clearly given to us in God’s inerrant Word, the Bible…  Here is an answer about how God will judge us, found @  http://www.gotquestions.org/judgment.html
 
And here is a list of Bible scripture that speaks out against the sins of homosexuality and gay marriage… http://www.witnessfortheworld.org/homont.html
 
Here is just one of many Christian web sites that declares an unborn fetus to be a human being, using God’s Word as a reference…and is thus an act of murder when a living fetus is aborted, no matter what the reason for the abortion…http://www.christiananswers.net/q-aig/aig-bibleandabortion.html    We see scripture like this written by King David to the Lord, in…Psalm 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast coveredme in my mother’swomb.  (NKJV)
 
The Bible is clear, that everyone is subject to the governing authorities…and that God being sovereign is the One who appoints the authorities…Romans 13:1-2…  But when the authorities stand for laws that go against God and His Word…we are to obey God before we obey men of authority and their rules…
 
I have heard some comment that we as Christians should be following President Obama’s authority because God chose him, and who are we to question God, right ??  But let me remind you of King Saul that was chosen by the people of the Nation of Israel… God wanted the people to trust Him as their King, and yet He honored their selection of Saul to be their king, knowing they were making a big mistake…1 Samuel 12:13…  As it turned out, King Saul was later replaced by David, who had many years earlier killed the 9 foot 9 inch Goliath with a sling and a stone, as a young shepherd boy…1 Samuel 17…   David was appointed king by God; because David was a man after God’s own heart…Acts 13:20-22
 
I posted a blog by Pastor Ernie Harpster about this idea of God allowing us to choose a president, just like God allowed the Israelites to choose Saul as their king…  I believe he makes a good point about allowing us to choose a president, now realizing that President Obama wouldn’t have been God’s first choice…  This blog can be found @ http://equippingthesaintsblog.com/2014/01/21/god-is-soverign-and-he-decides-who-rules-over-us-but-how-did-he-decide-he-lets-you-choose/
 
I personally believe that God allowed us to choose our current President because God wanted to show us our sinful ways and therefore bring us to our knees to repent…  God allows us to make our choices even though He knows better…  When President Obama was elected a second term, He allowed us to make our choice (and harden our hearts) against what we know to be right and true…  I believe God allows us to go through painful learning experiences so that we as Christians can hopefully be trained by it…Hebrews 12:5-11 
 
I believe things will get worse in this country, before they get better…  And I believe, like the opening scripture states…that we as a predominantly Christian nation must turn back to the Lord…  Our Founding Fathers’ shaped  our young nation, that was founded upon biblical principles, and applied via the Constitution of the United States…with limited government and principles take from the Bible…  We must stop dishonoring God by taking down the 10 Commandments from our Government buildings, and bring this country back to the original status of one Nation under God…in our schools and in our government…  
 
We need a great revival in this country, and God promises that if we turn back to Him and humble ourselves before Him, that God will forgive us of our sins and heal our land once again…  I believe this is only possible if we repent and turn away from our wicked ways, and that the Christian churches uphold the truths of the Bible…and stand firm on those truths…  (There are some 41,000 Christian denominations today, many based upon false doctrine found nowhere in the Bible  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_denominations )
 
I wrote the other day about…“Speaking the Truth in Love”, which highlights the fact that church attendance on a regular basis today, has dropped to less than 20% of professed Christians, when the Christians polled answered the polls honestly…  It also provides writing dates for how to find the right church that is filled with God’s love, with the right doctrine that is founded exclusively upon God’s Word…  You can read about this important necessity for Christians to reach out to those in need by “Speaking the Truth in Love” to family and friends, about going to a church filled with the love of Christ @ www.Godsmanforever.com  by typing 2/22/2014 into the search window…
 
I believe we can turn this country around one believer at a time…  But it will only happen when Christians understand and live by the godly principles given to us in God’s Word, the Bible…
 
Heavenly Father, I pray that Your Word would open the eyes of those in need of hearing the truth You have give to us in the Bible…  May we all look to You and what You want from Your children, in order to become true followers (disciples) of Your Son Jesus Christ…  I pray that with Your help we can turn this country around before it is too late…  I pray for us to learn from our past mistakes as a country…in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…
 
Blessings in Christ,  bruce r mills
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I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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