Inauguration of a Pagan Nation
Israel was the greatest nation. It was established by God Himself, and God gave Himself to them. He also gave them the law: The Ten Commandments and the covenant. And He gave them Canaan, the best land of the earth at that time. And so God gave His chosen people Israel the Lord, the law, and the land.
What did Israel do? They denied the Lord, they defied the law, and they defiled the land. So, God moved to correct them. He placed them under leaders who would judge them. Some were good, and some were evil. But all were used by God to prove His people. If they would obey they would be rewarded. If they insisted on doing evil the Lord would give them what they deserved.
The book of Judges records the history of the nation of Israel for 305 years after the death of the great leader Joshua. Israel declined, backslid, and got away from their God who so longed to bless them.
The parallel with America is obvious and alarming. No nation has ever had a Christian beginning like the USA. By following Him we became the greatest nation of modern times. We too have been given the Lord, the law, and a land, and we've denied Him, defied His laws, and our land is being defiled.
1. America has denied the Lord.
The Lord is steadily being expelled from every public facet. It started in the public schools, and has spread to public places to the point where today we are fighting battles about whether we truly have freedom of speech and freedom of religion. It’s not about the separation of church and state but rather the separation of America from the God Who founded her and has so blessed her!
Most of you, in your lifetime have seen prayer be outlawed in school, evolution replace creation, and God erased from our textbooks and His ways stripped out of our government. The efforts continue year after year to remove “In God We Trust” from our currency and “Under God” from the pledge of allegiance. We have turned freedom *of* religion into freedom *from* religion.
ill.—Right here in our state a few months ago a football team wanted to enter the field carrying the American flag with the thin blue line in support of the brave officers who defend us. It wasn't school sanctioned, and no one involved had any problem with it ... but guess who did have a problem? The ACLU! "The American Communist...ummm...Civil Liberties Union". You could call them the Anti Christian Liberals Union. Actually, I don't know why they aren't called the UUUU, for they are Unamerican, uncivil, and unlibertarian!
The ACLU has been used by Satan as a tool for many years, tearing apart the God-woven fabric of our society.
America has denied the Lord...
2. America has defied the law.
The Supreme Court says that it is against the law to display the Ten Commandments in a public place, [though their building displays them!] reasoning that if you display them people might ponder them and if so, they might obey them, and that would be a violation of the separation of church and state. We are doing just what Israel did. It is now the official position of our government that the Ten Commandments are dangerous! Wouldn't want kids in school to see the words 'thou shalt not kill' because what if they obeyed it!
Is God really a bad influence that we don’t want around?
ill.--ladies, what if you broke down in the worst part of town and had to walk, after dark, to find help. While you walk a group of 4 men leave a house you are passing and begin walking just behind you. How do you feel? As you listen to what they are saying you notice they are talking about God, and have obviously just left a Bible study session. You turn around and see they are all carrying Bibles. How do you feel now?
The new direction our once Christian nation is now heading is just foolish, and contrary to basic common sense. We have allowed the world to chip away at our core of morality. Adultery and sexual sin has become the norm. If God gives a commandment America breaks it. We covet and lie, cheat, and steal to get what we want. You want things now? Just print money and steal from your kids’ future by running up the debt. You want clothes and electronics you can’t afford? Steal them from the stores. You want the election? Steal it!
We don’t honor God’s day, don’t obey parents and authority, and we bear false witness in our media that is public and our media that is social. It all starts by setting up other gods…no wonder we take in vain the name of the true God!
Like Israel, we have denied the Lord, defied the law...
3. America has defiled the land.
We've done this in many ways, but perhaps the #1 way is found in the spilled blood of aborted babies. This is Sanctity of Human Life Week, and we cannot ignore our national holocaust that God calls an abomination.
God took away His glory from His people Israel when they did such things. And I believe He is in the process of removing Himself from the good old US of A. We need a national revival. We need a moral and spiritual awakening. I don't know what it's gonna take. If 9/11 wasn't enough, what will be enough? If 2020 didn’t do it, what will?
The book of Judges is the record of God raising up 13 leaders in succession to deliver Israel from backsliding in order to bring about national revival.
Our outline is best understood by an illustration of 'the family fortune.' When a family becomes rich there are 3 stages which seem to always occur:
That is exactly how it works with a nation. There is a generation that generates the freedom, then a generation that speculates it away, and finally, a generation that dissipates it until completely gone, and freedom is no more. If you don't believe this, you need to study those nations that have forgotten God in history.
Generation - speculation - dissipation
What do we know about the generation of Israel that entered into the Promised Land? Under General Joshua Israel was given by God victory after victory. Walls came tumbling down, and kings were subdued. They won victories they never could have apart from the power of God.
And that's just how it is with America. Go back to our first war, the Revolutionary War. Britain had more men, more money, better machinery...it was a truly a David and Goliath scenario but God was on our side and we won!
Patrick Henry gave the speech which sparked the revolution in 1775. He said, "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty or give me death!"
It was 'game on.' And we won that war, and George Washington became our first president. When he took office he placed his hand on the Holy Bible. He finished taking the oath and kissed the Bible. His first official act was to lead the entire Congress in a 2 hour worship session. Don’t hold your breath this Wednesday! I wonder what the ACLU would have said about that.
In one of his inaugural addresses he said, [British accent] "No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency." In modern English he said, it is God Who got us this far, and we had better not forget it!
Our founding fathers made it abundantly clear that this land was founded on God and the Bible. The Bible was the first and only book to be used in public schools for years.
Succeeding generations in Israel began to squander it all away.
2:1-2 God says, look at all I have done for you. I delivered you from slavery, fed you with manna, guided you and guarded you into the Promised Land. Now look at you...why have you done this?!
v. 7 The Joshua generation saw first hand the great works of God.
v. 10 What a sad verse! This means that the Joshua generation failed to pass their values on to their children. This has happened in America since 1960, and look where we are at today. Americans today are brainwashed by humanism and socialism. We do not understand our moral foundations and the spiritual principles upon which this nation was founded. We are trying to rewrite history and remove God from our land.
The saddest verse in this book is the last one...
25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
They became a people with no absolutes...no standard to live by. Is that not the nation you and I live in today? Aren't these parallels frightening?
Barna Research shows that 67% of Americans say there is no such thing as absolute truth. They say that right and wrong are not clear...what is wrong for you is not necessarily wrong for me. If that doesn't scare you, consider that they did the same survey in evangelical churches like this one and among Sunday morning attendees 52% said the same thing! Imagine, Christians saying there's no black and white, right and wrong!
Look how Israel got to this point. It was thru a series of compromises.
2:2a God had told them to drive the enemy out of the land, and further, not to have anything to do with them. They were to separate themselves from the world, just as we are supposed to do today.
1. The Canaanites that they feared.
1:19 They were afraid. They could have trusted in God and won, but they were afraid to try. They said, these people are impenetrable. We cannot conquer them. Therefore we might as well learn to live with them.
And there are some Canaanites that we are fearing in America today:
The Greatest Generation has mostly passed. The hippies are now retired, and their kids made things worse with political correctness. Now their grandkids are the “woke” snowflakes who want to burn down the entire system and start over. We can’t give up. We can’t be afraid of them. We must stand for truth!
We are insisting on going in new directions, and God is now allowing us to get what we want…but will we want what we get?
Only the truth can help at this point. It's time we get back to confronting our culture with the truth of God and His Word. Young people, God wants you to be pure and chaste. Your parents were told, “Since you won’t be good, be careful.” But that’s not the truth. We are putting ambulances at the bottom of the cliff when we are supposed to be putting fences up at the edge of the cliff! Jesus wants you to be a virgin when you get married, not passed around like a bottle of Gatorade in a football huddle! We've become afraid of the confrontation, and way too sensitive about how we might offend someone who has gone too far. Well, whom shall I offend? Man, or God? The truth is offensive, but it is our only hope.
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
We are at the tail end of the speculation generation, and it's getting scary!
The Canaanites that they feared...
2. The Canaanites that they favored.
1:28 They said, look, we can use these people. They made slaves of them, in spite of the fact that God said not to have anything to do with them. Sure they are wicked, but there's some good can that come out of them.
What about America today? Legalized gambling, the lottery, and such things. Right now the Powerball lottos total over a billion dollars and desperate people are buying tickets in droves. But here’s what our leaders say: “We'll build roads and schools, and generate lots of tax dollars!” Isn't it sad that our government has turned itself into a pimp? Think about it. A pimp puts women on street corners to lure in men, in order that he, the pimp, might profit from their vice. And our government now encourages its citizens to participate in a vice so they can profit.
It's time we stop saying look at what we can gain and start asking, what might we lose by doing this?!
So now we're turning to borrowing, and borrowing not just from banks, but from the world, especially China, who now owns us. What's more, we're borrowing from our children and future generations who will never be able to pay it back...but hey, that's their problem!
If you disagree with me on this, that's fine, but if you do, you are further illustrating just how far we have come from our founding generation!
Just like Israel, we are favoring the world. Over the last 4 years we rejected globalism and made great strides in doing things right. It reaped huge rewards, and yet a whole generation just said no categorically. They asked for it, and now we are all gonna get it!
Canaanites that they feared, favored...
3. The Canaanites that they fellowshipped with.
1:32 Hey, these people aren't that bad. They may worship different gods but they are good neighbors. We read on and find that Israel learned their wicked ways and entered into their idolatry, including the abortion-like sacrificing of their children to Molech.
ill.--The cry of our day is, There's nothing wrong with being gay. What they do is their business. I don't see why they can't be married or adopt children. After all, they most often make good neighbors...why can't we all just get along?! I'll tell you why we can't get along, God says it’s an abomination and will be our downfall as a society. If we tolerate it we are begging for His judgment. He's done it before [Sodom], and He'll do it again!
God loves homosexuals and so should we. So we love them, not by accepting their sin, but by confronting it with the truth, the antidote which is their only hope and ours as well!
Israel ended up in the last verse of the book where every man did what was right in his own eyes...and God had to judge. The parallels today are paralyzing when you consider them.
Generation - speculation...
2:3 Thorns and snares. Can anyone say, "Illegal immigration?"
2:4 They wept because God was saying, I now lift my hand of protection off of you.
Thorns and snares.
Do you realize that Revelation describes the downfall of a world power like America? It's an economic disaster. Might that be us?
Could this be the final generation in America? Our forefathers generated so much, our parents speculated it away. Are we the generation that will dissipate it until it is completely gone? We are one generation away from losing our country.
Is there any hope? Where there's God, there's still hope!
2:16 God would always rather forgive than to judge...but if we insist, well, we should be afraid.
ill.--a benevolent gentleman during the civil war saw a young lady being auctioned off as a slave. He began to bid just above every bid he heard until he finally won the auction, paying a very high price. They say that after winning he began to walk away, and she followed him. He said, "Young lady, I bought you - not to own you, but to set you free." "Free?" she asked. "Yes, free to go wherever you want and do what you wish." She replied, "Then I choose to go with you."
After all God has done for America, how can we spit in His face as we are? We need to stick with Jesus! We need to pray for national revival!
If you are not saved, consider all God has done for you...the high price His Son Jesus paid to redeem you. Will you now choose to be His servant and go with Him?
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