Archive for October, 2008

Where are we going?

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

I spoke with a fellow yesterday who was set to retire this December.  After the events on Wall Street these last couple weeks, he now finds that he doesn’t have enough money to retire, but he’s already put in his date for retirement (8 months ago) so there’s no turning back, now.

Another fellow had $150,000 invested in a financial services firm, and in the space of one day he saw that go down to $10,000.

Every day I see these same stories on the news.  Along with the housing crisis — as many as 1 out of every 6 homes headed into foreclosure — skyrocketing food prices, and the ever-high oil prices, our immediate future looks grim.

What’s happening?  Where are we going from here?

I have to wonder, when I see polls that show a neophyte, inexperienced man with plans to heap unprecedented amounts of power onto the federal government, if maybe we are finally seeing God turn His back upon an unfaithful nation.

We see precedents in the Bible showing us that God sometimes brings evil and foolish leaders into power as a means of exercising His judgment upon a people who have turned their back on Him.

We certainly can’t claim that ours is a “Christian” nation anymore.  We certainly can’t claim that our hands are free of innocent blood, with millions of babies dead at the hands of our countrymen.  Sexual perversion has reached a level that exceeds that of ancient Rome — with the blessing of our government.  Churches are emptying out almost as fast as bars, prisons, and strip joints are filling up.  Violence fills our culture, from our public schools to our music to our televisions to our streets.

False prophets and Baalams rule the airwaves, promising people that their prayers will be answered if only they send money.

Even born again, saved men and women have lower standards, less commitment, and less grace and love than even the casual church-goer of a generation ago.

Our young people are lazy, ungrateful, without natural affection for their parents, siblings, and fellow mankind.

Now our fragile economy, depleted of it’s great manufacturing industries after years of sending factories overseas, is reeling under pressures from artificially high fuel prices, profit-taking by the Federal Reserve (which is an organization of private banking magnates, NOT a government entity), bad tax policy, and failed government interventions.

Last week, congress voted to borrow $700,000,000,000 in our name (that’s you and me) to bail out some large corporations and to give new powers to the privateering Federal Reserve. Almost all parties are now saying that the real bailout cost will reach well into the trillions of dollars, since the corporations “saved” last week are just the first of many to stagger, and many others will follow in the next few weeks.

One might say, “Oh, but America made it through the Great Depression and came out stronger than ever before!”  Yes, but in the 1930’s, America owned America.

Today, massive companies, pillars of our economy and defense, are being bought up for pennies on the dollar by Middle Eastern and Chinese interests.  A never-before-seen transfer of wealth has been underway over the last 2-3 years, and vast amounts of American dollars are sent to foreign oil producers, while America sits on oil reserves it is unwilling to use.  Our children are being sold into foreign slavery to save an ocean reef and an arctic tundra.

Moscow, Russia, now has more billionaires than any other city in the world.Our culture has already collapsed upon itself, leaving a black hole of putrifying filth and violence.  Our economy is crumbling faster than we can imagine.  Our government is being handed over to selfish, vain, ignorant people.

And, if Nero can burn Rome and then get everyone to believe it was the Christians’ fault, how long ’til they find a way to blame the Christians for all of America’s woes?
What is left now, but to watch God’s judgment upon America unfold?

Are we to the point of no return?  Are we in the situation of the rebellious and wayfaring people of Israel described in Jeremiah 15?

“Then said the Lord unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people.” (v. 1)

That’s scary.

“And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth?  then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the Lord; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for captivity, to the captivity.” (v. 2)

Is there hope for us?

“Thou hast forsaken me, saith the Lord, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting.” (v. 6)

That’s one of the most chilling verses in the whole Bible.

Are we to the point of no return?  Is America on a one-way slide to oblivion?

I don’t know.  But, I am going to keep praying for America.  I’m going to keep praying for her children and her churches.  I am going to keep praying that her Christians rise up and seek God anew, that God’s people give themselves up to Him at a new level of surrender and service not seen in generations.I am going to keep praying that we discard our pride onto the garbage heap of sin where it belongs, and that we humble ourselves and seek God.

We are entering stressful and worrisome days.  Philippians 4:6-7 is more important now than ever.

Many will be overwhelmed by the events of the near future.  The opportunities to minister to people will be manifold, but the ministers will be few.

Let’s be ready.  Let’s prepare now for what is to come — prepare with prayer, with food stores, and with a humble spirit — so that we can minister for Him in the coming crisis.