Thundering across the skies with increasing greater noise are the teachings of Jacob, who gathered his family together and said, “… gather that I may tell you that which will befall you in the last days,” Genesis 49:1.
It’s a long history, but we are the offspring of Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh. With Hosea chiming in and saying, they have dealt treacherously against the LORD. Describing treachery as the *begotten strange children,* Hosea 5:7. Declared to be behaviors by thought, actions and deeds viewed by God as the ultimate departure from His counsel as recorded in the scriptures. And so, a fair question is, what do those departures represent?
For now, two such departures will be discussed. With the first being Americas sanctioning of homosexual life styles as acceptable behaviors. It is to be expected that the government would sanction and see homosexual behaviors as normal relationships. With such people being offered all civil conveniences entitled by law to non-homosexual people. An act of government and not God. Marriage from God’s perspective is as such, “Therefore a man shall leave his mother and father and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Text:Genesis 2:24).
One of the failing and falling beauties of America, is our constitutional wall of separation between church and state. In the past, the Body of Christ, perhaps people like you and me, who literally are the church. We were strong enough to keep the government in check. The responsibility of the church in all aspect aspects of governance. Able to deny the government the authority to legalize homosexual marriages. How can the church be a influence for God, when even some churches are sanctioning homosexual behavior? Even going so far as to ordain homosexual clergy. When God’s prohibition against homosexuality is not questionable. It is clearly recorded in Leviticus 20:13, that such behavior is an abomination and worthy of death. Here are the exact words, “If a man lie with mankind, as he lies with a woman, both have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Their blood against them; and with blood being the source of life, suggesting that such abominable decadency will be passed on to succeeding generations. Which is certainly visible in America today, and with such abominations being worthy of death. As the nations stature as a world leader, with prosperity for its citizens, disappears. Wake up America, and do some serious thinking. Is this what you want for yourself and your family? If not condemn what God condemns by your actions.
At one time the union of American states was unanimous in its stand against homosexuality. But, one by one states fell victim to what God condemns. Thank God that the people of California and Florida, prevailed by denying the government the authority to condone what God condemns. Then the nations highest court stepped in and said the hell with God. Gays have the same marital rights heterosexuals. And with the voice of five Supreme Court justices they condemned God. Thus without knowing it the justices condemned themselves and the nation. May God be gracious to us by raising up the sleeping church to take its rightful role as the inhibitors of all state evils.
The other departure, without question is the matter of abortions. We have recorded for us this sacred prohibition. “Thou shall not kill,” Exodus 20:13. What God is addressing here is intentional murder. Just because the government says, *Abortions Are Legal,* that does not make them legal from God’s perspective. And from the perspective of his church, his agent to oppose state evil.
Remember the infamous, Dr. George Tiller, tagged as “Tiller the baby killer,” executed on a Sunday for the children yet to be born. Repeatedly taking babies from their mother’s womb. Mother’s in their third trimester of their pregnancy. At a time, when life is viable outside of the mother’s womb. When this occurs it is murder, even when the government declares it is not murder. Roe v Wade did not set aside God’s law!
State sponsored abortions represents complex issues that do not always present themselves with easy answers. Perhaps some abortions are necessary for many reasons beyond the scope of this discussion. But all abortions, when preformed out of convenience, for any and all parties represents a violation of God’s law, “You will not kill.”
So what about the accused, Scott Roeder, convicted of the killing and serving life in prison. Did he break God’s law, “You shall not kill?” Not necessarily, if the killing represents a justifiable killing, some would argue. For Mr. Roeder, it doesn’t matter because the state has prosecuted the case without the influence of the church. Again the church needs to step up, and make itself heard, and felt. For now history will forever, vilify, Mr. Roeder, and Dr. Tiller will be amplified, as a martyr. Neither is a villain or martyr, but rather sinners who were in need of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Those of us, who name Jesus Christ as our Savior are caught between two worlds. For us, the Obama government represents the other world, which we have no obligation to honor, let alone to obey. One of our duties is is to prepare for the coming of the Kings of Kings, Jesus Christ, who will reign from Jerusalem. Whose world is our world. And while preparing for that world, as has been said else where in this discussion, we oppose state evil. But we do not kill, as did Mr. Roeder. Death is solely a discretionary entitlement solely determined by God Almighty. And He a has an arsenal of weapons, to do just that. And for the spiritual discerning, its playing out in America, now! Vengeance is mine saith the Lord; “Beloved do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,'” says the Lord. (Text:Romans 12:19).
Service to Jesus is a privilege and not an obligation. Certainly the Creator of everything that is, who solely determines all boundaries, needs not the assistance of any mortal being to accomplish whatever He determines. But when privileged to serve and do things the Christ way which is to preach the gospel. Then make no mistake because those who live that way will be martyred, as was Stephen in Acts 7. He accused the authorities of being killers, Acts 7:52-53. They felt betrayed, verse 54. As will, U.S. governments, as the nation becomes less Christ honoring. And they stoned Stephen, but Stephen prayed, verses 59-60. And finally, Stephen knelt down and prayed with a loud voice. “Lord lay not this [murder] sin to their charge. And when he had said that he fell asleep,”
Big difference between the approach of Stephen and Scott Roeder. And those of us saved by the grace of Jesus should use the approach of Stephen, and leave the violence to God Almighty. Rather it’s homosexuality, abortion, or the evils of Islam.
There you have it, “The Begotten Strange Children.” The behavior of treachery offensive to God. Representing some departures from his recorded counsel in our scriptures. With consequences certain, already emerging upon our national scene.
With the mystery of these discussions being connected to Isaiah 55:11. Then doing what it’s suppose to do, according to John 3:8. And that is why the cause of Christ can never be defeated. Because the author is declared to be, “The Word of God,” Revelations 19:13.