Friday, August 10, 2012

How Passionate are You?????

Most people know the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. They were 2 ultimately sinful cities. They had refused everything God presented to them. Their goal was pleasure and pleasure only. They were violent in their pursuit of their own pleasure. They had no respect for others or their “rights”. Perversion and violence of every form was accepted and tolerated. In their “sophistication” and knowledge they had lost wisdom along the way and the “stupidity” of exalting themselves above the lives God offered then was the norm. Every man was out for himself though they traveled in packs like wild animals and like wild animals they would easily turn on each other. No one was safe.

Let’s look at America today. We are a nation blessed of God, established by God with a Godly heritage and the opportunity to live as a nation seen under the hand and blessings of God. We walked in that for a time---then we became “sophisticated” arrogant in fact, forgetting that the blessings we were operating under were from God We began to think our “rights” were more important than those of our neighbor. We began to pursue our own pleasures. We began to call evil good and good evil. A big trigger point is abortion. If I say I think abortion is murder I am attacked. This is not murder. Until the child is born it is not a child but a “fetus” (not to be vulgar but what the heck is a “fetus” except an unborn child?). But if a woman with a large family wants to have another baby she is attacked because she should not bring another child onto this earth. If I kill a pregnant whale I am evil because I “murdered” a baby whale. See the inconsistencies here? Evil is good and good is evil. We are more concerned with pleasure than any truth that will jostle our wants, our desires, our “rights”. I use the whale because I truly believe that people consider the “baby” whale more important than a “fetus” is because people like to go whale watching. Call me crazy, call me conservative, call me whatever you want but I pray that the Lord of Lords will open your eyes and dig out your ears so that you hear and see truth versus “popular opinion” disguised as truth.

Piece by piece Americans have rejected the truths of God for our own pleasure pursuing endeavors. America wants God out of the country—and he has done as Khrushchev said to Kennedy in the ‘60’s start with the children. Prayer in schools is outlawed. One person pushed until she got an entire nation to agree and a door was closed to God. The rejection of God was pushed to new heights in the children of America. The message they got was their wants and their desires were more important than the truths of God. They no longer had to acknowledge Him. Their wants and desires were more important than any god—especially the most high God who deserves our devotion.

We can see the results that quickly snowballed into the mess we have today. People out of work, the porno viewing pleasure of people more important than the rights of the child next to them,

Genesis 18:16-29 (NIV)
Abraham Pleads for Sodom
16 When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.[a] 19 For I have chosen him , so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lordby doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”
22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[b] 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous . people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare[c] the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing —to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake. ”
27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”
“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”
29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”
He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”

As intercessors we have the responsibility to turn our nation back to God. It is our job, our duty, our calling and should be the desire of our hearts. He will hear and our country will not only stand a chance but prayerfully be a field for the harvest.

Are you passionate enough about your Lord to plead for your country? As my friend Lee would say, "We are burning daylight here folks."

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