Thinking about judgment and doomsday type stuff, a friend of mine told me last week that she was listening to a sermon by John Haggee and he told his listeners that they need to stock up and have 6 week’s worth of food and water on hand. I did not hear why, but I thought it was really interesting as this is the first Christian, big name Christian that is, pastor to warn his people of an upcoming event.
Now I had told this friend about the Doomsday Prepper show, so that is why she mentioned it to me. I love this show, but I think that while it shows people responding to a sense that doom is coming up, it also shows those who are reacting out of a sense and most likely spirit of fear. I think there is an honest need to be prepared, but one cannot allow fear to be the driving force behind ones actions.
On the flip side of the fearful, we have those who think no harm will ever befall us as we live in the greatest country in the world. This seems to convey the notion that God’s judgment and protection only befalls people depending on their geographic location. I am not sure where this came from, but I would guess it is from the idea that the U.S. not only a Christian nation but is the realization of heaven on earth. That might be a bit over the top, but you have to admit the arrogance that Christians in the U.S. seem to have, on the whole that is and I know not every Christian is arrogant.
There is a large group of Christians though that honestly seem to think that the bible was written for those who would one day live in the U.S. The notion then becomes that if we live in the U.S. and are a Christian, then we have reached the Promised Land. All that is left is to wait for Jesus to call us up to be with him. The sad thing is that the U.S. seems to more closely resemble Sodom then the Kingdom of God.
Look at the bickering over health care and taxation. I have recently seen Luke 12:48 used to argue in favor of the progressive tax rate.
But the servant who did things that deserved a beating without knowing it will receive a light beating. Much will be required from everyone to whom much has been given. But even more will be demanded from the one to whom much has been entrusted.” (Luke 12:48)
Where does someone get the answer to the debt problem from this verse? Maybe they should have read a few more chapters in and gotten this section which deals with tax and the believer’s role:
Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” But he discerned their craftiness and responded to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose face and name does it have? “Caesar’s,” they replied. So he told them, “Then give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”(Luke 20:22-25)
I do not want to be mean here, but Jesus was not worrying about setting up an earthly kingdom. You must be under the laws in the area you live in unless they conflict with what God has decreed. This does not put capitalism as God’s choice of market concepts or the Republic of the U.S. as the chosen government system. We live in the world as representatives of the Kingdom of God. We need to act like it?
If we are complaining about healthcare, simply because we do not think it is fair to pay someone else’s share, can you honestly tell me that is a concept that Jesus preached? I am not trying to push one political position or party over another. I am not a big supporter of welfare in its current state, but that is not to say it all needs to go away. My goal is to say that we need to stop doing what Sodom did, and this is not about all of the men trying to rape new comers.
Look! This was the sin of your sister Sodom and her daughters: Pride, too much food, undisturbed peace, and failure to help the poor and needy. In their arrogance, they committed detestable practices in my presence, so when I saw it, I removed them. Samaria didn’t commit half of your sins—you practiced more detestable deeds than they did! You’ve caused your sister to be more righteous than you, because of the detestable practices that you’ve committed. So now, bear your own shame as you mediate for your sisters. The sins that you’ve committed are more detestable than theirs. That makes them more righteous than you. Indeed, be ashamed and bear your reproach, because you’ve made your sisters to be more righteous than you.” (Eze 16:49-52)
The time for Christians to repent is now. It is time to turn from our selfish wants and desires and follow the Word of God. Judgment will come upon people to correct them and get them to turn. How long will it be until God will humble us and show us how we were more unrighteous than those we pronounced judgment upon?