Watering the Tulips
July 17, 2013
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” – Psalms 9:17
One will search the Old Testament far and wide to find where God punished the nation of Israel due to bad economic policy. Surely, we see the chastening hand of God on His chosen earthly people numerous times in the Bible. And yet, in each and every instance, their punishment was due to their refusal to acknowledge Him and His holy Law. Israel forgot God. As a result, they were continually facing judgment in the form of plagues, famines, captivity and numerous other ways.
It is with great sadness that I listen to the debates on the floor of the House and Senate in Washington. Though both sides may present well thought out, logical answers to this nation’s problems, one thing is missing from the platform of both political parties today. Often we, as believers, have even put aside faith for politics. Many in Christendom today seem far more concerned about high taxes or national healthcare than they do about God and His values in the leaders they vote for. Let this be stated plainly – no matter how conservative our approach to the economy and the national debt may be, “all the nations that forget God” will fall. America is no exception.
Psalms 33:12 says unmistakably, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”. The harmony between this verse and our text couldn’t be more apparent. God is going to bless the nation that is spiritually sound. God is going to judge the nation that forgets Him. There are no other factors listed here. There’s nothing about national healthcare. There’s nothing about taxes. There’s nothing about social security. Obviously, these policies are affected by the spirituality of those in office. But the bottom line is, if we are faithful to God, He will bless us. If we are not, He will judge us.
Can a nation really expect to be blessed by economic policy despite its spiritual wickedness? The Antichrist will take this world over in such a way. “Through his cunning, he shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule” (Daniel 8:25). Seemingly, the world will prosper under the Antichristian regime despite having the most corrupt, wicked leader it has ever known. And yet, Bible believing Christians know that his empire will be short lived. Jesus will return and destroy it less than 7 years after the Antichrist comes to power.
This article does not mean to dismiss the importance of good, sound policies. However, these must be the outpouring of a spiritually strong people…a thing which America simply is not today. Christians, wake up. The words in our text verse are as true today as they were when they were penned. The nation that forgets God will be turned into hell. If America continues down this road, despite whatever conservative fiscal policy of the leaders, we will fall. Pray for your leaders. Cast your vote for spiritually sound men. Do not waste your vote for a candidate who denies the Lord in all that he does.
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