Monday, June 16, 2008

If God Owns An Assault Rifle, California Is In The Crosshairs

America is no longer a Christian nation. We protect profane and obscene expression. We kill babies. Our education system rejects God’s truth. We prohibit public expressions of faith. We legalize sodomy. We promote gambling, drug addiction and promiscuity. We discourage work and reward slothfulness. Our courts rebel against God’s laws.

When King Solomon finished building the Temple, God warned His people that, if they turned away from Him and disobeyed His laws, and if they worshipped other gods, then He would uproot them from the land that He had given them. He said that He would reject the Temple that He had set apart to His honor and make it an object of ridicule among all the nations.” (II Chronicles 7:19-20 paraphrased)

After the attack from evil cowardly enemy combatants on Sept. 11, do you remember how this nation began to cry out to God for comfort, protection, and guidance. Suddenly we were praying again in the streets, in the schools and in congress. God was hearing from people whom He has not heard from in years.

I have a poster hanging in my office in memory of that day that says, “We Will Never Forget.” Forget what? In just a few short years, our memories of that day have faded, our attention on God has practically disappeared, and our ungrateful nation is back to its evil devices.

Today (June 16, 2008) is a memorable day of infamy. The Supreme Court of the State of California has thumbed its nose at God, and legalized queer marriages. Ruth Graham, the wife of Billy Graham, said, "If God doesn’t judge America (California), He owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.” Scripture is clear; God punishes nations, including His own people, for their national immorality. California may be a dangerous place to live because, if God owns an assault weapon, we are probably in the crosshairs.

How should we pray if we really want to get His mercy for our national shame? It will take more than just bumper stickers, “moments of silence,” or “happy thoughts.” God requires His people to approach Him with humility and penitence. Along with His warning to Israel, He also made this promise: “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." (II Chronicles 7:14)

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