Friday, February 21st, 2014
Rejection (Part 8)
National Rejection Of God
Therefore hear, you nations,
And know, O congregation, what is among them.
Hear, O earth!
Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people--
The fruit of their thoughts,
Because they have not heeded My Words
Nor My Law, but rejected it.
Jeremiah 6:18-19 (NKJV)
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the Law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
The more they increased,
The more they sinned against Me;
I will change their glory into shame.
Hosea 4:6-7 (NKJV)
They set up kings, but not by Me;
They made princes, but I did not acknowledge them.
From their silver and gold
They made idols for themselves--
That they might be cut off.
Hosea 8:4 (NKJV)
The Harbinger is a Christian fiction book. It's based on Scripture and American politics, especially the events surrounding 9/11. The author's position? As a nation, America has rejected God. As a result, we have begun a time of great woe. This author (who is a Messianic Jewish pastor) is not alone in these predictions.
The Book of Judges, (NKJV, Thomas Nelson edition) has a preface. It says, 'This Book could also appropriately be titled the 'Book of Failure'... as the nation's spiritual temperature grows steadily colder.' Back then, the nation in failure was Israel. The people in failure were God's chosen ones.
They had two big problems: 1) Idol worship: 'They played the harlot with other gods, and bowed down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying the Commandments of the Lord; they did not do so' (Judges 2:17).
2) Moral relativity: 'Everyone did what was right in his own eyes' (Judges 17:6). God concludes the Book of Judges reemphasizing this fatal flaw: 'In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes' (Judges 21:25).
What is moral relativity?* It's a personal, professional or cultural opinion of what's good or bad. It changes with the group and the times. Republicans, Democrats, Muslims, Buddhists, gang members and stockbrokers define right and wrong differently. The same is true among self-professed Christians, but is that possible?
If you believe the Bible and follow Jesus, morality is not relative. It is unchanging. It depends on no group or circumstance--but only God. 'Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever' (Hebrews 13:8); 'Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will by no means pass away' (Matthew 24:35); 'The Word of our God stands forever' (Isaiah 40:8).
Will America stand forever? Or is it cruising for a bruising--or worse? What can praying people do? We can do what the Ninevites did. Repent! We can disagree with America's national rejection of God.
We can turn away from evil, idol worship and moral relativity. We can turn toward Jesus--and follow Him. We can humble ourselves in prayer and fasting. We can carry our crosses. We can intercede for American politicians who may not see as clearly as the king of Nineveh:
'Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?' (Jonah 3:9).*
To Be Continued...
* Repentance of Nineveh: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jonah+3%3A5-10&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Rejection series. To read similar devotions, please see the Moral Relativity series.