Thoughts to Ponder

"Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah--from the LORD out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities--and also the vegetation in the land."
Genesis 19:24-25

Is the U. S. doomed?

How long will God bless a nation that allows unborn children to be murdered, allows its young to show no respect for their parents or for God Himself? A country that allows homosexuals to pass out propaganda in the public schools but does not allow any mention of God? A country that no longer treats human life with dignity?

I believe that God is a just God and that He punishes people on the basis of what they know and what they do with that knowledge. America will never be able to claim they did not know what was right. We were created as a nation by God fearing men. We were a God worshiping nation. But we have turned our backs on God, by our actions. We have legalized the killing of babies.

First we legalized the killing of babies in the first few weeks of their lives. That was horrible, but it has gotten worse, now a doctor can deliver a full term baby feet first and as long as he keeps the head inside the womb he can kill the full term baby minutes before birth. What is next? How long will it be before it will be legal to kill a baby up to two weeks after birth? If late term abortion is for the mental health of the mother, then why should we be so cruel as to not care about her mental health once the baby is born?

We want our doctors to be able to put us out of our misery when the going gets tough. Look at Doctor Death, he has helped many people commit suicide. He would like you to believe that they were all on deaths door, but that is not true.

Oregon wants doctors to be allowed to kill patients. Now we are not talking about unhooking life support equipment, we are talking about purposely giving lethal doses of substances with the sole objective of stopping a beating heart. How long before someone other than the patient makes the decision to end their life?

We are told that all religions should be given the same importance, after all we all worship the same God. Record companies put out Satanic music and promote Satanic bands. The President legitimizes homosexuals by speaking at their conference. Homosexuals are proudly performing in prime time. Most major cities sponsor Gay pride days. Kids who have never been taught morals kill for any reason that comes to their minds and show no remorse for their actions. It seems as if they have no souls.

What makes us better than Sodom and Gomorrah? What makes us think that we will escape the same fate? Could we be judged even more sternly than Sodom and Gomorrah because of the blessings that we have received and yet we turned our backs on God? Or because Christians stand idly by and allow these things to happen?

Why do Christians stand by and do nothing while our nation slides down the slippery slope of moral decline? Is it that some just don't think it is their concern? Maybe some read Romans 13:1-2 "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves." and think that means that God approves of what is going on in America so as Christians they should not get involved. I believe that is a lie from the father of lies, Satan himself.

Who did God give authority to in America? Did God elect the leaders we have today? No, we the people did!! God has smiled on our nation since it was formed. I believe that is because we have strong Christian roots. God gave us the authority to rule over ourselves by electing our own leaders.

We elect leaders who are suppose to lead us in the manner we prescribe (by the will of the people). If they don't lead us in the direction we want to go it is our right (I say our responsibility) to vote them out of office and elect someone who will follow our directions.

We cannot blame our government on God, He does not appoint our leaders. As God is taken out of the public schools and all public offices, it is not by God's will, it is by ours and we will answer for it someday. The perversion we allow in our society is our fault too and again I believe we will answer for it. It is our responsibility to speak out against sin. Whether it is adultery or homosexuality on television or homosexuals in our government, or the legalized killing of babies, it falls squarely on our shoulders.

I believe there are two kinds of judgement that we can expect. One is personal judgement. I believe every Christian will have to answer to Christ at the throne of judgement; For we will all stand before God's judgment seat. It is written: "'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'" So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. (Romans 14:10-12) I believe that each Christian will have to answer as to whether they got involved and tried to support His will. Second is national judgement. I believe that God will only tolerate our national sin for just so long. I don't believe that we can continue as a nation, much less as a world power unless we come back to God soon.

What can we do? Get on your knees and pray for our nation. Pray for God to forgive us and help us to win back our nation for Him. Become active, I don't mean protesting, unless you feel led by God to do so, but what I do mean is vote for Godly men. Not enough Godly men out there to vote for? Then encourage Godly men to run for office. Write your elected officials and let them know that you are a Christian and that you want them to take a stand for Christian values. Get involved in the public schools. If you don't know what the kids today are being taught then find out, it will make you sick (or it should). Elect Christian school board members who will have the strength to stand up to groups like the homosexuals and other liberal special interest groups.

Don't go see vile movies, or watch television programs that promote sin. Let the people who make these movies and television programs and their sponsors, know why you are not watching.

Don't ever believe that Satan's followers are not organized and don't understand fully what they are doing. The homosexuals know full well that the more we accept their life style as normal the more people will engage in it. The more we look the other way the more homosexuals we will have in our government passing laws, or in the case of judges, interpreting the laws.

Be proud to call God your Father. Be proud of being a Christian! You are heir to glory so act like it!

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These devotionals are written by Ralph Dettwiler, and reflect his views.

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