Such a question will be considered unreal and unworthy of serious consideration. That is simply due to the fact that the majority of U.S. citizens are in a state of denial when it comes to the possibility of divine judgment on a nation where the phrase, "God Bless America," is as common as hamburgers and pizza.
First, consider a few significant reasons why the U.S.A. is a leading candidate for experiencing the wrath of a holy God.
This nation has had total access to special revelation from God from its very beginning. Its historical documents leave no room for doubt concerning the Founding Fathers' conviction that there is a God upon Whom we are dependent and at the same time obligated to obey in terms of our conduct. But in recent decades there has been massive rejection of that revelation and the standards set forth within that revelation whereby a society of people gain the favor and blessings of Almighty God.
We have crafted and established numerous idols which range all the way from money to sports and big name celebrities. An idol is anything or anyone which means more to us than God. Proof of this is seen in the fact that less than half of our 304 million population is concerned enough to give public expression to their faith by attending a service of worship on Sunday. More than half choose to make Sunday a day of pleasurable and very selfish pursuits. Elsewhere on the Range it has been noted that it would be most appropriate in light of majority interests and activities that the name Sunday should be changed to Funday -- because that is how well over half of U.S. citizens regard the day!
It is nothing short of a mockery of the first magnitude that we have "In God We Trust" inscribed on coins and currency and recite the phase, "One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all," when pledging allegiance to our republic while at the same time issuing judicial decisions that inform God He is not permitted on the premises of our public schools and government institutions. Certainly there has been no serious thought given to God's view of such idiotic antics, especially on the part of those who loudly proclaim that the very mention of God in public education and in public service is "against the law of the land" and "violates" the Constitution!
For quite some time we have instilled in millions of our young through the system of public education that we are the products of an evolutionary process -- we have evolved from lower life forms over a long period of time and that there is no such thing as a divine act of creation in which all things were brought into existence -- in essence, we do not really need a God by implication as to the origin of things, living and otherwise! Won't that be a sight to see (if God permits us to view it) -- those who taught and believed that our ancestry goes way back to a pool of slime somewhere in the far distant past, now standing before the Creator Who started this mighty universe by simple commands!
Our defiance of God's moral standards as we engage in every conceivable kind of sexual immorality has not been overlooked at this point by our Creator. God's sacred gift of sexuality has been trashed and abused far beyond human ability to comprehend.
Bitter by-products of this have been the massive spread of STD's (sexually transmitted diseases) and broken marriages, with professing Christians having a divorce rate that is nearly the same as those who make no profession of Christianity as their faith!
Rest assured that God will make an unmistakable response to our "Sex is fun with anyone, or more than one anyone, at any time, anywhere -- just name the time and place and we'll all be there!" attitude according to His time table!
The primary reason that we as a nation, which claims to be "under God," stand at the head of the line in qualifying for an experience of God's wrath is our abominable practice of mutilating and murdering unborn children.
Our Supreme Court has ruled it to be a "constitutional right" to destroy the unborn. Many elected officials give their "seal of approval" -- so much so that any attempt to nullify the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 doesn't even get to 1st base!
Among the wealthy and influential, those in the media culture, and those in the entertainment industry is the deeply entrenched view that the destruction of the unborn is a desirable, if not necessary policy to follow in the "land of the free and the home of the brave."
Worst of all there are church groups and their leaders that place their imprimatur on the extermination of the unborn. We are led through a maze of pietistic language as to why it is justifiable to murder unborn children in the womb.
One group, the United Methodist Church, in which I am an ordained elder mentions a "reluctance" to approve abortion -- but they went ahead and approved it anyway! Interesting that there is dismay over the loss of a few million members over the past few decades. It apparently hasnít dawned on United Methodist leadership that the church would have had more members if we hadn't destroyed over 49 million unborn children in this country since 1973! There is the possibility of denial -- that some of the leadership would be so foolish and so unwise as to say not a single one of those 49 million + unborn victims would have become a member of the UMC!
Now, if you dare, take a look at the latest number of victims -- one estimate by an official agency actually places the number about 200,000 more than the tally given by our record keeper!
Again, bear in mind the fact that God has yet to make His response to the bloody track record we have chalked up over 35 years (and still counting) by the intentional destruction of unborn children! None of us, including all who have given their whole hearted approval to this mass slaughter, will want to be living within the boundaries of the United States when God does make that response!
Unborn Babies Brutally
Mutilated and Murdered
since Roe vs. Wade
Watch this for 60 to 90 seconds and see what happens!
Second, it is time now for the question -- who is the person who should be president when God finally expresses His response to our massive sin and defiance by means of a devastating judgment because all calls to fully repent of idolatry and transgressions over time have gone unheeded?
Starting in January 2005 either George W. Bush or John Kerry will take the oath of office as president of our republic for a term that will last for 4 years. If it should be that during that time God should switch from actions of chastisement to that of judgment, what will the person who is serving as president do?
This was written prior to the presidential election of 2004 which involved George W. Bush vs. John Kerry plus 3rd party candidates. Now we are in the presidential contest of 2008 with John McCain vs. Barack Obama plus 3rd party candidates. So, if it should be in God's plan and way of dealing with a nation which insists on massive rebellion against Him, then it will be either McCain or Obama who will have some explaining to do -- and this one will be a much more critical situation than coming up with 700 billion dollars for bailing out financially strapped outfits whose leaders exhibited an IQ level of about 55- when it came to ability to lead! Maybe part of the problem was distraction over their big salaries, bonuses, perks, and trappings which blind CEO's to hard reality in life and what life is REALLY all about!
A president is not merely a political leader, but he is also to be a moral leader and one who is to exhibit God's revealed truth in his daily life by way of example.
In fulfilling his responsibility, is he aware of the nation's perilous condition in relation to God Who claims the sovereign authority to raise up nations or to tear them down, depending on those nations' choices to obey or disobey Him? (See Jeremiah 18 for details on this subject -- you'll be much surprised!).
Is he willing to take the risk of an avalanche of criticism by exhorting the citizens of this nation to repent and seek God? And if God switches from chastising to an action of judgment and devastation, will the president lead the way in confessing that this has happened because we refused to obey God? (Note the example of Daniel praying in Daniel 9, confessing his sins and the sins of the people collectively.)
Whom do you feel would be the better person to be president if God should bring judgment upon us -- John McCain or Barack Obama -- or does it not really matter that much? Just something to think about before going to sleep each night!
I am quite aware that there will be those who will say that what has been written is a bunch of nonsense -- that I'm a candidate for admission to the psycho unit of the local hospital -- that this is a "Christian" nation and God would never bring judgment upon us because God is a God of "love" and He doesn't do things like expressing wrath, judgment, etc!
And it must also be said that there are pastors and their churches in this nation who are still proclaiming the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ -- these range from mega-churches with multi pastoral staff and numerous TV "ministries" with 7 & 8 figure annual budgets to very small churches (maybe 2, 3 or 4 shepherded by the same pastor) out in a rural area somewhere. There are people who are responding to the call, repenting of their sins, receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and becoming Christians in this nation.
BUT this has not been sufficient in terms of numbers and impact to turn back the tsunami tidal wave of sin and rebellion which dominates our culture! Christians are still a minority group with hostility against them on the increase as time advances! Notice how Christianity is treated by the entertainment industry and by the courts of the land, just for starters!
Review again the moral and spiritual issues cited at the beginning -- where do you see evidence of a 180 degree turn around in these areas? Where do you see our political and religious leaders issuing a clarion call to repent of sin and turn to God for mercy and forgiveness -- where do you see an overwhelming majority of the citizens of all ages responding and saying, "Yes, this one thing we must do and we must do it immediately!"?
A simple, easy to follow explanation as to how a society of people travels a course of self destruction before judgment comes is detailed in the following words:
Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. He also did evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the LORD. And he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear an oath by God; but he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the LORD God of Israel. Moreover all the leaders of the priests and the people transgressed more and more, according to all the abominations of the nations, and defiled the house of the LORD which He had consecrated in Jerusalem. And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy. Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, on the aged or the weak; He gave them all into his hand. And all the articles from the house of God, great and small, the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king and of his leaders, all these he took to Babylon. Then they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possessions.
2 Chronicles 36:11-19 NKJV
I rest my case!
A Significant Selah Moment!
O LORD, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? even cry out to You, "Violence!" And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
Habakkuk 1:2-2 (NKJV)
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness....
It is time for You to act, O LORD, for they have regarded Your law as void. Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold! Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.
Romans 1:18; Psalm 119:126-128 NKJV
October 21, 2004
Clayton D. Harriger
Elder in Full Connection
Western PA Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church
and presently pastor of
Gipsy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
AND Non-Affiliated registered voter, Cambria Co. PA
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