Thoughts to Ponder

"Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!"
Proverbs 17:7

"If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked." Proverbs 29:12

Are we being judged?

I have stated before in other articles that I don't believe that God will allow the US to continue to prosper unless we change our ways. Look at this passage from Romans: "Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them." Romans 1:28-32

Granted, this passage is not talking about the US, but it surely could. Look at our country and tell me you don't see a depraved society. Our country is full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. Not to mention gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful people. Our country was founded on Christian ethics (no matter what you or your children were taught in school!). So we cannot claim we as a country have not known the truth.

I enjoy studying the book of Revelation for many reasons, not the least of which is because I believe we are in the end times. I have always tried to figure out if the US was talked about in Revelation. I could not find any clear mention of it. If we are in the last days and we (the US) are a superpower, then why aren't we mentioned at all? Could it be that when the events in Revelation happen we will be of no consequence? How could that possibly be?

I believe that God gave us over to our depraved desires some time ago. Look at the elections where President Clinton was elected. People knew that he did not have an outstanding moral background. You could not miss the bimbo eruptions as they were called. Woman after woman came forward and said that Clinton had an affair with them, or had attempted to. But no one thought it was important. Almost every cabinet member of his administration has been investigated for wrong doing. Again no one cares.

We know now without a doubt that he has lied. Most of us knew it before he admitted to it. It should come as no surprise to anyone to hear that the national media has kept things from the public, and colored those things that they did report, to help keep this president in office. Ask yourself, "Why?" Do you think it is only because they are liberal, as he is? I don't. I think there is much more going on, and I think it will help explain why we are not referred to in Revelation. I believe there is a spiritual aspect to all this. I am NOT trying to say that Clinton is the Anti-Christ or anything like that, but I am saying that I believe he has had help from the demonic world.

I don't know any other way to explain how he keeps riding out the waves which would have swamped any other politician. I keep hearing that the economy is what keeps him in office. Well maybe in part that is true, but in times past a president who has done just a fraction of what this president has done would never have been reelected no matter what shape the economy was in. In addition, don't for a minute think that demonic powers could not prop up our economy too. Some of the policies of this administration could come back to haunt us very quickly. Look at the way they financed the national debt with short term bonds. Instead of locking in long term interest rates they gambled on the short term lower rates. So far it has worked, because the rates have stayed low and in fact have gone down, but how long will that last? It will only take one refinancing with high rates for us to lose everything. In fact, it could bring the US to her knees very quickly!

There have been many subtle things this president has done which very well might come back to haunt us too. Look at the military. How long will we be the world's superpower? Americans tend to believe that we are as strong today as we have ever been. That is not true. The media does not very often report on the true state of affairs in the military, but if they ever did it would scare most Americans to death. Or would it? Maybe most Americans don't think that is important anymore.

Our military has gotten weak and flabby. I spent 14 years in the military and I get no pleasure from saying that. I have no axe to grind against the military either, no sour grapes, just a love for my country and a burden on my heart.

You may remember that the very first thing President Clinton did when he took office was to issue an executive order allowing open homosexuals to remain in the military. There was such an uproar over this issue that his original order did not stand. But the door was open. I am sure there have always been homosexuals in the military, but by making it acceptable the President chipped away at the foundation of the military.

Clinton has also required that the military give women a wider range of responsibilities in the military. Let me say I have no problem with women in the military, but I do have a problem with them in combat. I do have a problem when we close our eyes to the fact that men and women are different, in the name of equality. But the worst problem with the new policies of women in the military is that on the one hand we say there is no difference between men and women, and on the other hand we make sure those differences don't show up to spoil our illusion.

As I said I spent 14 years in the military. I got out when I was 41 years old. Every 6 months a military person is required to pass a physical fitness test. Now, since women and men are doing the same jobs in and out of combat you might think that they would have to pass the same standards, right? Well when I got out in 1994, that was not true. As a 41 year old male I was required to do more pushups, more sit-ups, and run a minute and a half faster than an 18 year old woman.

I cannot verify this, but I have been told that both men and women are now doing the same physical fitness test. Guess which way the standard went. Down! Since the women could not come up to the male standards, the standards were lowered. The problem was solved! As I said, I cannot verify that, but that is what I have been told by several military members.

The budget for the military has been cut so much that many squadrons can only fly a couple of days a month. All other training is done in video simulators!! Many career Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers have decided to retire early or just get out, due to the problems.

Are we a superpower right now, or a paper lion? Yes we still have the best equipment and resources in the world, but how long can that last?

This brings me back to my first question. Are we being judged? I think that we are. I think that Satan and his demons have been given a lot of leeway in dealing with us. Our moral foundation has been undermined, our military strength has deteriorated. Even our standing in the global community has eroded. If we as Americans don't trust our own President, how can we expect other world leaders to trust him?

I have read many articles on Revelation and why America is not mentioned. Explanations range from a pre-emptive strike by the Russians just before they attack Israel, to our destroying ourselves before the tribulation. I think that is possible, but to be honest, I think it could be much simpler than that. Our military is already spread thin. Do you remember Haiti and when we sent troops there? They were only going to be there for a couple of months at the most. Have you seen them come home yet? How about Bosnia? Again they were just going to be there a few months. How many years has it been now?

If the economy were to go down the tubes, and the stock market crashed (or at least took a nose dive) would we, or even could we go to the defense of Israel? Are we even standing by Israel now? We demand that they give up land for peace and then when they agree, and innocent blood flows after a terrorist attack, we don't even denounce the attack. When they pull back from the agreement because it has already cost lives, we get upset with them.

Yes I think we are under judgment right now, and even worse than that, I don't believe we have felt even a portion of what that judgment is yet. But there is some good news too, I believe if we who are Christians will confess the sins of our nation and pray, I believe God will hear us. "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:13-14. Again I realize that this verse was not written concerning America, but I think it is still a promise that we can take to the bank. I am saddened by the fact that it seems most "Christians" are too busy to humble themselves before God, pray and seek His face. A large number are too busy to even come to church every Sunday.

There is a Christian somewhere in the world who is martyred, on an average, every 3 minutes. This is not happening in America, at least not yet. The sad part is that if you look at the groups of Christians who have the strongest faith and seek God's face most fervently you will find they are the same group who are being persecuted for that faith. If that is what it takes to get Christians in this country to wake up and seek God then so be it. I hope that is not what it takes, but that is up to us. We can pray now, or we can pay later. Maybe not too much later!

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

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