Sunday, July 1, 2012

July 1st “Happy Birthday America”

“Happy 200th Birthday To The Constitution”
         Painting by Michel Felice Corne*

“As we celebrate the 4th of July maybe we could take just a moment from parades, concerts, barbeque, interaction with friends and family, and ponder where we are and where we’ve come from. From the birthing of the greatest nation in history to the pathway of demise similar to the Roman Empire, we’re on the track of disaster that’s happened to so many others. This year the candidates will raise millions and millions of dollars, spend some of it on buying your vote and have it do absolutely nothing for anyone except for themselves and their “Google Circles”. Poverty’s up, homelessness, hunger, disease, cancer, foreclosures, unemployment, adultery, divorce, living together, and on and on and on, all at unparalleled levels. The moral decay and problems at the nation’s doorsteps with candidates and politicians that are married and have children, have children with others outside of marriage, and are having affairs with still others. This is all going on at the same time. The picture of those in political power, our lawmakers, elected officials, and those whose party loyalty is dominant beyond citizenship is just one of what we have become in the age of distraction and tolerance.

In the book of Ezekiel, God sends his prophet to tell the nation over and over and over again that their disobedience and unfaithfulness will result in actions beyond words. Do you think they listened? Today we can call out to those we love and those we care about and those to whom we are joined through citizenship and warn them. We can make them aware and ask them to turn from their wicked conduct, from their breaking of vows and covenants, and from their disobedience to God and His Sovereign Word. Do you think they will listen? No; pride, what others may think, choices of following the world, choices of listening to the lost rather than the Word of God will result in them only digging their wrongful determination in deeper. Rather than stop and think and know in their hearts that they are on the wrong path, that they have shown others the wrong answers, and that they have demonstrated that all God has taught them is wrong, they would rather “feel good” and believe that they are safe in their choices. They would rather demonstrate that they are secure in the false beliefs that their minds have created and agree to. What was it that Satan said, “You will not surely die.”!Have your ungodly sisters and brothers told you that?

Wake up!! Wake up America it’s not too late. We have a great Forgiving, Awesome God who’s willing to forgive us and bless us and secure us. If we would but humble ourselves, ask God for forgiveness and seek His face, putting our own selfish pride, our worldly answers and our feel good philosophy away, far away as well as other idols of our heart. He would restore our land, our families and our hope. You cannot throw God away and expect that He will be mocked, disobeyed and forget about you letting you alone in what you think will be. Ezekiel 18:4 says, “For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son – both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die.”

As the Constitution, the United States’ first great Naval war ship, sails out of Boston Harbor on this its 200th anniversary year and makes its historical turn, think about repentance. We have to acknowledge our sin, make a stand and turn away from it and we will be forgiven.

There is faith, there is hope, and there is love. The greatest of these is LOVE!"

“How long will you make me cry out
How long will you believe and not doubt
How long will it take for you to understand
Will it be too late before the woe is at hand
Will you be able to stand the demand to be paid
Where will you go then in the choices you made?”

"The painting by Corne depicts battle between the USS Constitution and the HMS Guerrier, a painting done after the epic victory. Too often we voyage out on our own with a plan and choices we have made only to find what we didn’t expect. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverb 19:21 Have a wonderful Fourth of July Week!"

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  Douglas Auld
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*Painting of combat between USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere by Michel Felice Corne (1752-1845)

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