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When a Land Sins

By Watchman | November 10, 2011

“Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it.”  (Ezekiel 14:13)

“I made you thrive like a plant in the field; and you grew, matured, and became very beautifulYour breasts were formed, your hair grew, but you were naked and bare.  When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness.  Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into covenant with you and you became Mine,” says the Lord God.  “Then I washed you in water; yes I thoroughly washed off your blood and I anointed you with oil.  I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk.    I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists and a chain on your neck.  And I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head…You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil…Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,” says the the Lord God.  “But you trusted in your own beauty, played the harlot because of your fame, and poured out your harlotry on everyone passing by who would have it.”  (Ezekiel 16:7-15)

     Our land has sinned.  We have taken the extraordinary gifts that God gave to America at her inception and we have called them our own without reference to the One who owns it all.  We have accepted His gifts, but are in the process of rejecting the Giver.  Because of this, we are in imminent danger of losing the gifts.  Don’t believe this?  Look around you, brothers and sisters.  The economy of the nation is failing; jobs are becoming scarcer, food prices are rising, and people are becoming poorer.  In response, many have taken to blaming “corporate greed” or government programs  for the failures of the nation.  And while these may certainly play a role in the present havoc, they are neither of them the root cause for the distress that ails our country.  We have become a spiritually and morally bankrupt people in a land that has sinned against the Father.  God spoke through the prophet Ezekiel and informed us exactly how He would discipline those who turned to idolatry.  As I have mentioned before, man was created to be a worshiping being.  We will either worship God, as we were meant to do, or we will find something else to worship:  idols, money, technology, self-rule–even our own beauty, intelligence and strength.  Paul, in his second letter to Timothy, wrote that the time would come when people would “not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside to fables.”  The time has come.

     Last week an online article was published that explained that one of the candidates for the Republican nomination was being taken to task by the Republican establishment because he was still hung up on values issues, while most are agreeing that only the economy and jobs issues are relevant to the coming elections.  My dear friends, I can only tell you what I am certain is true:  that the economy will not improve nor will the nation ever regain its place of economic and political leadership in the world unless we repent of our sins as a nation and hand it back to God.

     In the last couple of years, we have nearly stopped debating the abortion issue, regularized homosexuality, disassociated ourselves from our strong partisanship of the nation of Israel (still the chosen people of God) and banished the name of the Lord from nearly all public venues in a misguided determination to not offend those who do not call themselves by His name.  We are, as a people, displeasing to the Lord.  We who call ourselves conservative Christians have a choice to make.  We can fall in with the conservatives who are determined to oust the present administration at any cost, or we can look into our hearts and ask ourselves how the Lord would have us make changes.  If we replace those in power with others who are not willing to seek the Lord’s will for our nation; if we replace them with those who think money is more important than His commandments, then our “change” will be of no more worth than the last one.  Don’t misunderstand–I am much in favor of a strong economy, less government intervention, and a return to our Constitutional roots.  I am appalled by the present administration’s  handling of our economy and by the sickening lack of respect with which it has dealt with Israel (our best and strongest ally in the Middle East) and her Prime Minister.  I am shocked by the administration’s disdainful disregard of our Christian heritage.  My belief, however, is that it really does matter in what spirit we approach the nation’s ills.  If we focus only on the economic crisis in which we find ourselves, then we are not going to make a difference.  If we raise up holy hands to the glory of God, if we get down on our knees to ask for forgiveness for the sins committed in this land and make a real effort to give God the oversight of the nation once more, then we may become a viable and prosperous people once more.

     We have sinned against God by persistent unfaithfulness, and God is lifting His hand of protection and blessing from us, just as He told Ezekiel He would.  His warnings have manifested themselves as manifold natural disasters, a bad economy and a growing mistrust of the U.S.  It may not be too late.  Pray, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ.  Pray for our hearts to be open to those things God wants of us and that we will be the people He always meant us to be.  Pray that we may spread the wonderful gospel of our Lord Jesus openly and proudly, with love in our hearts for those who are lost.  Pray for His forgiveness of our land, which has sinned. Pray that He will lead this land back into communion with Him. Pray that He will raise up leaders that know Him and are willing to fight the battles that must come in order to serve Him.  And pray that we will all have the strength and the wisdom to make His will our will.

Maranatha!

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One Response to “When a Land Sins”

  1. Shirley Says:
    November 11th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    In the Book of Haggai, there was a similar warning: When the people put God’s interests first, He provided for their every need. Then the people became interested only in themselves. As God’s children, we need to hear the truth – not something that “tickles our ears”. May God bless you for speaking the truth and sounding a warning. That’s what a Watchman does!

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