Friday, September 9, 2011

God Warns a Nation!

When some deny God, it is time for men and women to stand, speak out, and pray.

Benjamin Franklin leads prayer at Constitution Convention, 1787.
Our nation is suffering disasters: devastating tornadoes, rampant forest fires, powerful hurricanes, earthquakes, immense flooding, not to mention murderous crimes, military deaths, and such. More than once I've heard a person ask, “Is this an Act of God? Does he cause it?”

There are many who mirthfully laugh at such a suggestion, considering all Acts of God as accidental consequences. But walking closer with God, others recognize the truth as in Ben Franklin's statement to his compatriots during the stalled progress of the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

And have we now forgotten
that powerful friend?

Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men.

No, God himself is not the author of evil! The God of perfect goodness and perfect justice is compelled to withdraw his hand of mighty Blessing and protection in the face of man's horrible wickedness and sin. It is the prince of evil who comes “to steal, kill, and destroy.”

For instance, how dare Mayor Michael Bloomberg block God from the 9-11 NYC Memorial Service in violation of our heritage and our national motto, “In God We Trust?” We grieve for our nation so consecrated to God by our colonial forefathers.

Blessed is the nation whose 
  God is the Lord” (Ps 33:12).

When our president denies our national godly heritage and political leaders work to establish laws against the moral commands of God and to destroy the elements of our founding Constitution, they trespass. The denial of God blocks the blessings to our nation in health, prosperity, and victory. We grieve for our nation.

No king is saved by the size of his army” (Ps 33:16).

Nahum warned Nineveh again, a hundred years after Jonah, of God's wrath against the guilty in the power of whirlwind, storm, drought, earthquake, fire, and overwhelming flooding (Nahum 1:2-8). This time Nineveh did not listen and destruction came about 663 BC.

Ben Franklin further warned.

I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in the political building no better than the builders of Babel; we shall be divided by our little, partial local interests; our projects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages.

And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing government by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war, or conquest.

What is happening? If we wish to heed the warning, we must acknowledge the God in whom we trust.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chron 7:14 NKJV).

When some deny God, it is time for men and women to stand, speak out, and pray.

He cares for those who trust in him” (Nahum 1:7 NKJV).

--Bill Hunt

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