turbulent ways of death

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Blessed are they that come in the name of the Lord. See Psalms 118:26. Collectively, Christians must become those people, who through their blessedness must make a difference. Why? Because the nation has transgressed against God, the nation has galloped in support of gay marriages. Sexual identity is now a matter choice. If a person of a particular sex, asserts an opposite sexual identiity. Then that identity must be recognized by society. And afforded, all the accommodating amenities Sure ways to provoke God.

For, He created them male and female. See Genesis 1:27; 5:1-2. And, determined that they would marry. See Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6 and Ephesians 5:31.

So when one hears nonsence from a man introducing his male companion, as his wife. And someone asserting, I’m sexually something that I’m not by birth.

Wise up folks because, “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they who commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but have pleasure in them that do them,” Romans 1:32. Attention was called to two phrases, ‘worthy of death.’ Clarifying that death in our scriptures is not always ‘physical death.’ It equally applies to the nation experiencing the death of its strength making it vulnerable to its enemies. And, the ‘physical death’ of its prosperity. Causing economic ruin with tail spinning peripheral effects, like hunger, disease and crippling weather patterns. Or death through smothering national debt that Congress can’t come to grips with. Because, the nation lacks spiritual oxygen.

All suggestive that judgment is upon a people and their nation, who being straight condone homosexual behaviors. Sealing judgment with the prophetic phrase, ‘but have pleasure in them that do them.’

change like no other in history

Never in the history of the world has the world encountered such a profound week. Jesus marched through the week disregarding centuries of religious practices. From which a legal system had evolved. Then he boldly created a different approach to the practice of religion. And around this religion tagged Christianity, another legal system would be developed.

Both the religious and civil authorities thought that this threat to their community influence and power had finally ended. Until those religious leaders remembered their experience with Jesus at the temple. There he threw the profiteers out of the temple. Accusing them of making God’s house a house of merchants. Quickly, those who sanctioned using God’s house as a business enterprise asked, “By what authority do you have expel our merchants?” Jesus replied, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up?” They laughed, saying, “Forty six years was this temple under construction.” Scoffing and saying, “You’ll rebuild it in three days?” Not knowing that Jesus spoke of his body and not a building of stone. See John 2:13-19.

These same religious leaders went to Pilate. Reminding him of what the deceiver said before his death. After three days, I will rise again. Begging that Pilate make the grave secure so that his disciples are unable to steal the corpse of Jesus. Then claiming that as he said, he has risen.

Knowing that such an occurrence would mobilize the people. Resulting in what they feared most. The loss of their authority and power. They put it this way, “If the people believe he is risen from the dead, the last error would be greater than the first!”

They got their wish as Pilate dispatched men to secure the tomb and to stand watch. See Mathew 27:62-66.

During the days of Holy Week discussions were presented which were about the 7 days that changed the world forever. Each day presented arguments different from the usual arguments of Holy Week. With a focus about a movement that should remain antagonistic to both church and government. Because, both have become the bedfellows of complacency when compared to the central message of Jesus as he traveled to Jerusalem. It was the day before Palm Sunday, named after the occurrence described in John12:12-13. But it set the tone for the week as throngs of greeted Jesus by yelling expressions of suffering, “Hosanna! Meaning liberate us while carrying and waving their palm branches. Then on a Friday, Jesus declared, “It is finished! Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. See John 19:30. All that remained for that historical change to reach us was His burial and resurrection.

The America of today

With recent discussions titled, “From Yesterday 2 Today, Understanding America” and “The Day before Yesterday.”

Perhaps, Winston Church, meant the same thing by capturing this thought. “Men occasionally stumble over a truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry on as if nothing ever happened.”

America didn’t stumble upon the truths from the previous discussions. America was given those truths. But the nation seems to have brushed those truths off by picking itself up and going on as though nothing ever happened.

With Jesus seeing the picture as such. “Therefore speak I to them in parables, because they seeing, see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand,” Matthew 13:13.

Why else would a nation turn away from the superintending providence that made America so free, prosperous and powerful? America sees without seeing, hears without hearing, and fails to grasp an ancient reality. Civilizations are not everlasting with this warning from Daniel. “… To the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he will, and sets up over it the lowest of men,” Daniel 4:17.

Combine that truth with this reality, and we may have the America of today. “He raises up the poor out of the dust, and He lifts up the beggar from the refuse, to set them among the princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory; for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s and He has set the world upon them,” 1 Samuel 2:8.

Few would disagree that America’s dependence upon the superintending providence that Ben Franklin talked about has gone deeply south.

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