Hindsight is “20/20”, but the ability to see how certain events which might seem completely disconnected start to come together as a destructive force is what distinguishes true leaders from people who claim to be leaders but are only really interested in power, comfort, and personal gain.
Leaders use wisdom, discernment and experience to look for trends that point toward danger, and then warn the people in advance so they have time to change direction before destruction comes down upon them. In the Old Testament, these men were prophets sent by God to warn people of the dangerous paths they were on that would lead to God’s anger and righteous judgment if the people did not repent of their sins and turn back in submission to God. And God appointed Ezekiel as a “watchman on the wall” to warn the people of the dangers headed their way.
Now I want to be very clear on this point: I do not consider the United States a “modern day Israel”. We are not God’s new “chosen people”. And while the Constitution of the United States is never to be held anywhere near equal to God’s Holy Word, I do believe that God did inspire our founding fathers in some ways. He inspired them to dream of and implement the one form of man-made government that recognized all rights come from God as our Creator, and that if we established our laws and morals upon His Word that our nation could flourish under God’s hand of protection as we continued to submit ourselves as a people to His will and principles.
And for nearly 200 hundred years, despite some very bad choices and actions, God protected our nation and provided for us in such a way that the United States became the most prosperous and powerful nation in the history of mankind. But success usually breeds arrogance, and our nation is no exception.
In the early 1960s our government decided that God was no longer welcome in our public schools. This in spite of the fact that Thomas Jefferson, our nation’s first “Secretary of Education”, insisted that two books always be the backbone of any school curriculum: Webster’s Dictionary and the Bible! But President Lyndon Johnson and his cronies decided that our children would be better educated if we took the responsibility for educating our children away from God and Christian parents and give it to the bureaucracy of the teacher’s union and government cronies. The result fifty years later? Our children have been indoctrinated into a world view that contradicts the Bible and they are confused about how they were created and even what gender they were created as.
In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court decided they were smarter than God. In spite of God’s Word clearly telling us that life began in the womb when God willed it, they decided that babies in the womb were not really lives, they were property to be disposed of at the whim of the women carrying them.
When we decide to “play God” and think we are smarter than the One who created us and holds our eternal fate in His hands, we start down a slippery slope that leads to chaos and destruction. And today the United States of America stands on a cliff a mere step or two away from self-destruction because of our rebellion against God who has given us so much.
Every year we murder more than one million children under the legal protection of abortion on demand. We have redefined God’s definition of marriage to suit our sexual deviance. We have decided that the gender God assigns each person at birth could be wrong simply if we feel it is wrong or unfair. And our churches are sadly being filled by biblically ignorant professing believers who think we can pick and choose which parts of the Bible to obey and which to ignore if they inconvenience us.
Allegations of sexual harassment in media, Hollywood and Washington D.C. have become daily scandals, and the Congress has the gall to secretly stash away tens of millions of dollars secretly to pay off and silence young women who were sexually manipulated or violated by Congressmen.
Last night in San Francisco a man who had committed prior felonies and had been deported 5 previous times for entering the United States illegally was found not guilty of the murder of a young woman, Kate Steinle, who was walking with her father holding hands and was shot by this man. He admitted to shooting her, threw the gun into the ocean and fled from police after shooting her, but the jury somehow believed his story that the gun accidently fired when he claimed to find it under the bench he was sitting on. He left an innocent woman dead, and a family scarred for life. Kate Steinle’s dying words as her father held her in his arms were “Help me daddy”. Her father will be left with this emotional scar for the rest of his life because the justice system in San Francisco made a political statement last night that being a “sanctuary city” was more important that protecting the lives of innocent citizens.
The person who lacks wisdom might conclude “Well what do all these things—abortion, homosexual marriage, gender confusion, sexual harassment, biblical illiteracy and sanctuary cities—have in common?” But the man who has received the wisdom of God sees the pattern clear as the nose on his face. And the pattern is that men of this world who are currently enemies of God are calling the things God calls good as evil; and calling the things God calls evil as good. We are elevating ourselves above the One who created us and the One who will one day judge us for eternity.
God’s wrath against Sodom and Gomorrah burned for years, but He was patient long enough to give Abraham a chance to show that the cities were not beyond redemption. Abraham was wrong and God destroyed those cities for far less than America does these days. God ordained Ezekiel as a “watchman on the wall” to warn the people of the dangers ahead of them and gave this stern warning in Ezekiel 33:1-6:
“The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.”
Is America coming under the wrath of God for our arrogance and self-worship? One can certainly come to that conclusion when you see the confusion and arrogance of our people and institutions, and how God and His Word are being openly mocked and ridiculed every day. Can we reverse it? Many have their doubts, thinking America has strayed far beyond the point of redemption because we lack the humility to confess and repent of our sins and defiance of God. One thing we do know: Every one of us as disciples of Jesus Christ are called to be watchmen and warn the people of the dangers coming our way. We are commanded to share the gospel and make disciples of all nations. We are to speak the truth in love, sharing the gospel and warning people of their eternal fate in hell if they reject God’s offer and plan of redemption and salvation through Jesus Christ alone.
If we refuse to sound the alarm and let people continue to drown in the depth of their sin and defiance of God, will their blood be on our hands? Will we find more Christian leaders with the courage to stand up and speak out boldly against the evils so rampant in our nation? Or will they continue to cave in to political correctness and the opinions of men?
Our nation is consuming a poisonous concoction of their own brewing: Arrogance against God; sexual immorality that overshadows the sins of Sodom; and murder of innocent children that is not only ignored, but celebrated. As Christians we can point them to the cure—God and His Word. If we cower from doing so we are guilty of spiritual malpractice and will answer to God for our cowardice.
It is not simply America that God is patiently watching and assessing, it is each of us who claims to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and particularly those whom God has elevated to positions of leadership. Will we be found as faithful? Or will we be proven to be frauds who honor Him with our lips while our hearts are far from Him?