Wednesday, August 29, 2012

No Snappy Title--Just a Broken Heart Over America


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 them 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 personal 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. Many Americans want God out of our 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 with little or no hope of finding one. The porno viewing pleasure of people in the library is more important than the rights of the child next to them because of free speech. A country where the criminals have more “rights” than their victims. We have deteriorated into a country that protects evil and supports criminals but tosses away the victims.

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 Lord by 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 to resist but will have to bow it’s knee to the Creator of the Universe and prayerfully be a field for the harvest.



6 comments:

  1. Sally, I have to agree with you on the first part of this. A lot of people believe abortion to be murder- and I agree that if that is their belief that they should do EVERYTHING in their power to stop it. The problem is that they try to claim that life is sacred, but at the same time say the life of the mother means nothing because if this pregnancy endagers her life (a life that is already there)- too bad. Then as soon as this life really comes to being on it's own in the world- the same people that claim they are pro-life vote against programs that would help this child to live and be fed and clothed. No food stamps- your parents should have a better job- not my responsibility, no contraception and no planned parenthood to prevent future pregnancies. No WIC to make sure these children get proper nutrition. I'm sorry to argue with you- but no one is confused about right and wrong as you suggest. If the candidates who you support backed programs for these kids once they were born- I would be on your side too because I disagree with abortion- but as it stands- I would rather have a life stopped before it has a brain and nerves to feel than to let it go hungry and cold.

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    1. JK I knew this blog would trigger some comments! I also had a pretty good idea you would chime in--hot topics BUT let's look at this logically. First, this was not a political statement. It was a view of America and the slow slide we have been on for so long that has numbed us to the basics that our country was founded on...I did not follow "party lines" or any other political rhetoric. You know a lot about my life--if I believe in something and I feel the Lord leads me in that way I GO FOR IT. I did not think that women should be forced to either get an abortion of have their child taken away in the 70's so I opened my home, took in as many as I could, worked full time to support them. You have passions also but once again you have determined that I want to stop government programs. I did not say that. In fact I have told you that I think they need to be reworked so that they work more effectively. I do not think you are a stereotypical person who wants to be put into a "liberal" bucket. I think you are intelligent and thoughtful--so am I. I refuse to be categorized in a political "sound-byte" of negativism. The fact is--we do not always agree. We come from different arenas and yet we have a mutual respect and just as important to me--friendship. I agree there are exceptions to every thing--that is why God gave us grace. So--this was not political, it WAS a cry of my heart for a confused and failing country that needs prayer.

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  2. Also, you posted a video that I watched a few months back about a woman who chose to keep her child despite knowing the huge suffering that child would undergo. The child died at 4 months old after over 20 surgeries... I understand why someone would keep that child and try to save it... but not everyone would make this choice and it's not because they are evil when they are trying to protect the child they love from unnecessary suffering. To present it this way- is disappointing to me- life is not black and white. There are shades of gray through which we must all walk and make our own decisions. They can be different, but it doesn't mean they are wrong or that you or I know what is motivating a person. The same woman in this video could have very easily made the opposite choice out of love.

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    1. I do not judge someone who makes a "different" decision than I would. That is totally against what I believe as a Christian. I do not have to agree with you to care about you, support you, be your friend and love you. We agree more than you give us credit for...

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  3. The strategic plan of the enemy to erode the core values of a country shows how serpent-minded wisdom works with most effectively by being patient. No rush, no quick solution, just persistent intentionality over a long and slow period of time. A slithering python can ever so gently encoil its unsuspecting victim in its death grip without ever being suspected. How? Because the level of touch is not quick nor abrupt but more like a slow gentle caress or a hug. Little compromises and allowances we make are all filled with good intentions, but without being able to see the long-term implications, we end up losing our life one little bit at a time. Our intercession must always be mixed with active engagement and participation with the Lord as He inspires solutions and justice that cause us to release His life in real people's lives.

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    1. Great word Rob. Your insights are always so rich.

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