October 31st, 2014 Posted in sermons | 5 Comments »
What is going on in the world? It seems like chaos is reigning.
We have a terrorist army of Islamic radicals, hell-bent on our destruction, known as ISIS.
We have what are described as “lone wolf” attacks in New York City and Canada from those who adhere to the terrorist principles of ISIS and others.
Then there is the spread of Ebola.
These are scary times.
A recent poll pointed out that voters believe “America has spun off its axis and is out of control.”
The answer for all of this is found in the book that most of us have in our homes—it’s called the Bible. The Bible is the one book that dares to predict the future—not once or twice, but hundreds of times—with 100 % accuracy.
The Bible tells us that in the last days (which I believe we are in), there will be “distress of nations,” with no way out.
This nation of ours, against all odds, was formed in 1776. It was founded with a faith in the God of the Bible, and that faith provided our foundation. It was from that foundation that our freedom was born.
Patrick Henry, ratifier of US Constitution, wrote, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
Growing from humble beginnings, we came close to destroying ourselves in the Civil War. But recovering from that, we emerged in time as the reigning superpower on earth.
Imagine a world without America. If there had been no America, Hitler would most likely have won and wreaked havoc. After the collapse of France, for a time, the relatively small nation of England fought alone. But when America entered the war, most knew that, in time, we would prevail.
It was America that stood against the “Evil Empire” of the Soviet Union and prevailed.
It was America that hit back when attacked by terrorists on 9/11, and continues to do so.
It is America that sends humanitarian aid to troubled nations all around the globe. People from other nations expect America to do that.
Yes, imagine a world without America—because that day is coming.
I say that because in the last-days scenario, the United States of America is nowhere to be found. Israel is mentioned, as is Iran. You can make a good case for China and Russia being mentioned too. But there is no mention of the reigning superpower of the world, the USA.
In our absence, imagine a world where evil is allowed to spread unabated. A world that ultimately pledges its loyalty to a man who will make Hitler look like a lightweight. He is called the Antichrist.
That is what is coming, perhaps soon, to Planet Earth.
We sing, “God bless America, land that I love, stand beside her, and guide her, through the night, with the light from above.” We are in that night in America right now and we desperately need that “light from above.” Not some nebulous, “whatever you conceive God to be” spirituality. We need to turn back to the true and only God. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The God who gave us His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place.
For if America does not turn back to the true God, I fear that His judgment is coming. Billy Graham said, “If God does not judge America, He owes Sodom an apology.” Listen to God’s assessment of their sin: “But now I see that the prophets of Jerusalem are even worse! They commit adultery, and love dishonesty. They encourage those who are doing evil so that no one turns away from their sins. These prophets are as wicked as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah once were” (Jeremiah 23:14 NLT).
God zeroes in on specific sins in Sodom. According to Ezekiel 16:49, “Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door.”
If these are not descriptions of our country, what are?
The “pride of Sodom” was a nationalistic one. Sodom was a city-state, its own kingdom. They felt strong, indestructible. But God’s judgment fell in full force upon them. They were destroyed on the outside because of the breakdown on the inside.
Historian Will Durant, in his book on Rome’s history, Caesar and Christ, said, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. The essential cause of Rome’s decline lay in her people [and] her morals.”
Rome crumbled and the people just wanted to be entertained. A roman satirist named Juvenal said of Rome in AD 100, “The people who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions—everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses!”
That reminds me of America today: “Who cares if ISIS is on the march and there is a moral meltdown? What’s on TV tonight?” Bread and circuses.
In his new film, America, Dinesh D’Souza points out the following.
• The American Revolution was a struggle for the creation of America.
• The Civil War was a struggle for the preservation of America.
• World War 2 was a struggle for the protection of America.
• Our struggle is for the restoration of America.
I could not agree more.
Is there any hope for America?
Are things going to just get worse?
Will our streets ever be safe again?
Will we ever see good prevail over evil?
Or are we doomed to failure?
It is my belief that our country has two choices before it. The first one is judgment; the other is revival.
Look, judgment is coming to this earth, and it may be sooner than we think. We are praying for at least one more revival in our country before that happens.
The greatest revival in human history happened in the great city of Nineveh. The population of Nineveh was probably around 1 million. Yet this great awakening swept through the entire city.
“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”