Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to disregard the voters of a majority of the states Is profoundly sad and disturbing.  Like the classic cartoon of a grizzled man carrying a sandwich sign proclaiming that it is time to “repent” or “the end is near” I feel compelled to warn you of the danger we face.

The Bible tells us that when God made his covenant with Abraham he made a number of promises concerning blessings that he would bestow upon the nation that Abraham would
father.  The Bible also teaches that God built a hedge of protection around Israel.  But, while that covenant would last forever, the nation of Israel would have that hedge removed if it rebelled against Him.  And that’s exactly what happened.  Despite the warnings of the
prophets, Israel drifted farther and farther from God to the point where, in the 8th century BC, they had purged God from their national life, mocked and persecuted the tiny faithful
remnant and replaced God with idols of all sorts.  They had built a temple to Baal and were even sacrificing their own children to Baal.  In 732 BC The Assyrians attacked and destroyed Samara (Israel’s capitol) and carried off many of the inhabitants.

Finally, and this is the important point, they did not respond to this chastening by turning back to God.  In fact when the time came to rebuild, they’re attitude was arrogance.  This is recorded in Isaiah 9 : 9 &10 —

9     All the people will know it—
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
who say with pride
and arrogance of heart,
10     “The bricks have fallen down,
but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
but we will replace them with cedars.”

Rather than turning back to God to seek his protection they were saying defiantly that they would rebuild with dressed (hewn) stone rather than bricks of clay and straw.  And they
would replant sturdy cedar trees to replace the less hardy fig trees.  They were pronouncing judgement upon themselves.

Eventually, the Assyrians attacked Israel again and utterly destroyed the nation.  Few Jews were left in Israel as almost all were carried away to slavery.

I, among many others, believe that because this country was founded on Biblical principles that God has blessed this nation.  It was and is far from perfect, but our founding documents recognized and honored God. I am certainly not saying that we have been chosen in the same way that God made the Jews his chosen people. But the mere fact of paying honor to God as our founding documents do can bring His blessings.

However, the second half of the 20th century witnessed a profound turning from God by our citizens and our leaders.  God has been purged from our schools. Text books have been written so as to hide our biblical heritage. The murder of our unborn children has been made a sacrament of promiscuity.  The courts have made the exclusion of God and his word from every public place a primary goal. The main stream media has made criticism and derision of anything or anyone relating to Christian belief a central theme.

I think it’s interesting that on September 12, 2001 Senate Majority Lead Tom Daschle addressed the Senate concerning the events of the 11th. Among his remarks he quoted Isaiah 9:10 —

“The bricks have fallen down,
but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
but we will replace them with cedars.”

Then he added “This is what we will do. We will rebuild and we will recover.” With these words he turned the quote from Isaiah of an ancient people into a vow by the U.S. government. A vow not to turn to God, but to overcome our enemies by our own strength.

Then on September 11, 2004 Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate John Edwards delivered remarks observing 9/11 to the Congressional Black Caucus. He too quoted Isaiah 9:10.

Have our own leaders pronounced our future judgement?

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