The USA 'gods' on Parade! Part 3

The USA 'gods' on Parade!

Pantheon Three

"You shall have no other gods before Me."
-- Deuteronomy 5:7 (NKJV)

"You shall not go after other gods of the peoples who are all around you..."
-- Deuteronomy 6:14 (NKJV)

Music Title: Crying Time

USA 'gods' - Pantheon Three Index

Whoa there -- are you sure you don't want to take a break for a while? Too much exposure to all these alien deities all at once can strain the heart and send shock waves to the brain! Now I ask you once more, are you absolutely sure you didn't know that these aliens have successfully set up shop throughout the mighty U.S.A.? I've got a tranquilizer here that will help to calm you down a bit -- so how about it? No? OK -- but remember, if it gets too much for you, just give a yell and I'll be there quicker than that cat can grab that mouse just above me! Notice that the pointer has now become a skull -- still more symbolism here -- no matter how the idolatry is practiced -- the worship of some grotesque image, or some of those of the USA variety -- the result is the same -- DEATH! This just isn't mere physical death -- it's eternal, and permanent separation from God -- a condition commonly referred to as HELL! Now here's the boss, CR, again to identify the last batch of God's "competitors!"

OK -- here is Pantheon Three, folks -- take a real close look -- just move south and view the last of the gang of the prominent "deities" of present day U.S.A. society!!

Prominent in influence in our culture is the "Secular Humanism" god -- this one has "missionaries" in just about every level of our society! They are in the powerful and influential mass media outlets, they are in the educational systems, in business, in high echelons of government -- why, these "missionaries" are just about everywhere! And what is the "gospel" of this god? It is that "man" (pardon the offence in not being politically correct) is the center, measure and judge of all things that have to do with human existence, experience and destiny! It is for us humans to determine our core value systems alone -- no authority beyond that of self appointed human authority is permitted, and of course, there are no absolutes regarding moral and ethical standards! If there should be a God, He can go along for the ride if He wants to -- but remain inactive in the back seat of our human designed life vehicle and keep His mouth shut! There are some humanists who say there is probably a God, or they may claim to believe in "God" but they don't want to be subject to His authority and His clear revelation which He has made available to the human race!

[OK, now take me back to the drums where I was on Range 1]
[plunge me back into "Raw Politics!" - boy, is this stuff good!

Like a ghostly specter from out of the night with flashy garb it appears -- before you know it, it has persuaded you that it will take care of your every need from the "womb to the tomb" -- its "priests" are everywhere telling you that this god will meet every need and resolve every problem! What is it? You mean you don't know? Why, it is the god of Government, with a multitude of followers inside as well as outside this political Dracula which we have raised up and which sucks our financial blood constantly! Be reminded that this monster has a thirst that can never be quenched -- so keep those pocketbooks open and those dollars flowing folks! Could it be that the devotees of this god which have been elected to political office lay awake all night dreaming of new ways to bleed us even more with increased taxation?

There is the very popular god named "Rock Music" -- this one is sort of like a chameleon -- many different ways of appearing -- may be an individual or a combined group of individuals with instruments making a series of very loud noises that assault the ear drums -- the younger members of our culture become mesmerized and victimized by this 'god' with wholehearted devotion demonstrated by giving lucrative financial support through purchase of CD's, tapes, costly tickets for concerts, music videos, posters, and all that kind of stuff, thus turning these characters into multi millionaires almost over night!!!

Aha -- the Religious Establishment god -- real subtle and crafty -- can be and often is denominational -- but also can be a megachurch or an independent outfit out in the wherever! Whatever is handed down by upper level "powers" (human ones, that is), the pastors and people at lower levels are expected to march in lock step and never raise objections or questions -- to do so one would be considered very close to being guilty of committing the unpardonable sin!

And so it is, "Our church (or denomination) says this or you will do this....!"

The proper Emily Post etiquette in this is, "Yes sir (or madam, or "Dr.", or "Bishop" or ???) -- whatever you say...your pronouncement is our command!"

A common expression in denominational goings on is that whatever policy or resolution is voted and approved, we are often told, "The Spirit (uh, one can wonder at times just what kind of "spirit" this is!) is working in this etc. etc." Face it --- in far too many cases the institution has become a god -- oh, there will be occasional references to the true God and to His Son, Jesus Christ, but they sort of sit on the bench like a third string quarterback! It's the "institution" with its leadership that often demands homage -- bishops & district superintendents have been known to insist on calling the cadence -- uh, Marine Corps drill instructors do a much better job in that department -- better get in step!!!!

The line up of the U.S.A. gods would not be complete unless we listed the god of "SELF" -- this one becomes dominant due to the emphasis on "self-esteem," an avalanche of published works on "self-help" themes, and counseling that centers on catering to the ego and its desires!

"" "myself..mine.."

In order to keep a right perspective on this, review what Jesus said about the self -- you know, things like "..deny yourself, take up the cross daily..." etc!

Are there other gods in the U.S.A. that you can identify? In case you have had a memory lapse, check out 2 Timothy 3:1-5 to see how the human race "agenda" will be taking shape before our Lord returns to earth -- sound familiar -- look like anything that's happening in our society at the present time?????

There are times that God brings judgment on the false gods that a society of people has fashioned for themselves -- notice these statements:

Exo 12:12 -- "For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD."
Zeph 2:11-- The LORD will be awesome to them, for He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth; people shall worship Him, each one from his place, indeed all the shores of the nations.

Now the "biggie" question -- is the mighty God that brought this universe into existence by spoken command concerned about these "gods" that millions of U. S. citizens have set up for themselves or not? And will He take some kind of action on this matter if there is not genuine repentance demonstrated in the near future??

What do you suppose God may say one of these days when a real crisis hits this country -- will His response possibly be something like that which happened to another people in another time who did a lot of professing but came up short on possessing a right relationship with the true and living God?

He will say, "Where are their gods, the rock in which they sought refuge? Who ate the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their offering? Let them rise and help you, and be your refuge."
-- Deuteronomy 32:28,29 (NKJV)

Idolatry takes many shapes and forms and destroys human life in thousands of ways -- it is subtle, crafty, deceptive and always deadly, but its bitter fruit is everywhere to behold each day we walk on the surface of Planet Earth.

We see and experience a very limited amount of heart ache, pain, distress, and sorrow in this present world because we are finite human beings -- we cannot begin to fathom what it must be for Almighty God to see continually the total misery and chaos which the members of the human race bring upon themselves due to massive rebellion against Him, both personally and corporately -- in spite of that consider the price He paid to bring forgiveness, healing, peace, and hope to us by looking at Amazing Grace -- All for Us! -- use the "Back" feature of your web browser to return here.

Could it be?

That the nation living under this banner

by refusing to repent will end up like this?

A Selah Moment (Stop and think about that!)

"The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it."
--- Jeremiah 18:7-10 (NKJV)

Thus you shall say to them: "The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens."

--- Jeremiah 10:11 (NKJV)

Wait! Take me back to the entrance of Pantheon Three!
I've got to see these 'gods' one more time before I move
on to other adventures on Circuit Rider's Range!

Whew! What a trip! I'm still in shock, but take me back to Range 1 where I can recuperate!

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