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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "The Suicide of American Christianity" published in May of 2012.

Do We Really Love God and Our Nation?

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The Book of Habakkuk is probably one of the least read books in the entire Bible.  We hear and read a lot about the great prophets like Daniel, Isaiah and Ezekiel, but Habakkuk seems to be treated as an obscure little book, ignored by many Christians.  But as I study and pray on this ‘obscure little book”, I think it contains a powerful message we need to hear right now.

The tribe of Judah had turned away from God, and God’s patience was wearing thin.  He had sent prophets, but their messages were being ignored.  All the while God was allowing an evil empire, Babylon, to gather strength.  As Habakkuk questioned what God was going to do about this, I think he expected that God would tell him he would smite the Babylonians—but instead God told him He would use the Babylonians to bring judgment down upon His people who had turned away from Him.

When a nation commits itself to God and stands by that commitment, God blesses that nation.  But when that nation turns away from God, it is inviting His wrath and judgment.  Two nations in the history of the world have boldly proclaimed their commitment to God—Israel and the United States.  Israel was punished severely for straying from God and the Jews were scattered and persecuted for thousands of years.

Our nation, once committed to God and His perfect law, has strayed in a big way.  More than 50 million innocent babies have been sacrificed to an idol—our own greed—and immorality and sexual perversion are now consuming our nation.  God has been thrown out of our courts, government, media and public schools, and with every step we take away from God as a people, His wrath and anger build.  And one day, maybe very soon, His patience will run out.  When it does, we will cry out to God and ask for mercy—but it may be too late.  His judgment upon this nation will be swift and severe because He has given us much and we have repaid Him with evil and disobedience.

Our Christian leaders and teachers don’t talk much any more about God’s wrath and anger.  It’s like they think if we just don’t talk about it we will never have to deal with it.  This “ostrich Christianity” must stop!  God has judged in the past and will judge again.  And our nation, which has been given so much by God, is in for a big fall if we don’t repent of our ways and return to Him.

That repentance must begin with His people—you and me.  And it must come from our Christian leaders we have ordained to lead us.  God was willing to spare Sodom and Gomorrah for 10 righteous men—but they could not be found.  If righteous men of God do not step up and lead this nation back to God, our country is in for a big fall.  And it will be us, as Christians, who are responsible for what happens to this nation.

We say we love God and we love our nation—now is the time to put actions to our words.  Do we love God enough to abandon our lukewarm behaviors and teachings as a Church?  And do we love this nation enough to elect leaders that still stand on the truth of God’s Word and believe this nation is only great because of the God we have served?

America’s future rests on its willingness to return to God.  And if the church does not lead, America’s epitaph should read “Compliments of American Christianity”.

 


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2 Responses to “Do We Really Love God and Our Nation?”

  1. Beloved306 #

    Well said Brother. Obedience (which is love for God) begins in each individual Christian, then the home, the church, the community and the nation. We like to blame the government and the media, etc, but America's demise rests in our laps individually and corporately. We have left our first Love.
    It is frustrating to witness Christian apathy, especially among the men. There are many more women active in ministry. We need our leaders. We need the hearts of men to return to God.

    June 15, 2012 at 5:21 AM Reply
  2. Mr Davis #

    When Israel was judged and driven from the Land the Lord God gave them, they were to become the Lords emmisaries wherever He sent them.

    See they would not be a light to the nations until by the Lord's discipline they returned to their first love, after losing all they held dear more than God.

    We should see ourselves in these books. We are failing just like they did. Why? for the same reason they did. They treasured treasure and turned away from the One by whom the treasure comes in the first place.

    Because we refuse to willingly give of our time and talents first to God, what do you think He should do. Do we think he is blind, do we think He is deaf, do we think He is asleep. Yes we think all these things and more. Because of our conduct the Gospel is hindered because it is mistrusted.

    James 4

    1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust , and have not: ye kill , and desire to have , and cannot obtain : ye fight and war , yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask , and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

    All of these books warn us of the danger when we live for ourselves instead of one another whereby we demonstrate our Love for God.

    Accept the Lord's word, Repent! So it may be said of us just as it was said of Daniel by a pagan king: for a certainty the spirit of the most High God is with you.

    Remember Daniel, he is a picture of the Church as it is meant to be in a fallen world wholly given over to the deceitfulness of sin.

    June 18, 2012 at 1:48 AM Reply

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