Turning the Heart of a Nation's Christians Back to GOD
I have listened to many people, preachers, and teachers who have stated that the Old Testament is no longer valid. Who only read the New and only teach the New. However, it is in the Old that the rvery real promises of GOD are written for us to learn and understand. It is in the Old that JESUS is promised and that we see what it means to be in a relationship with a holy and righteous GOD. IT is in the Old that the real truth of the nature of GOD is revealed and those who are HIS people need to understand it if they are to act in a way that will bring the blessings of GOD back to the Christian church and the nations.
In the book of Malachi, GOD gives us a great look at some of what HE expects from HIS people. HE even says that HE will pour out blessings on them if they will do these things.
There have been many “Theologians” and “Bible Scholars” who have dismissed the promises of GOD, and the covenants of GOD with HIS people, that are written in the Old Testament, as being only for Israel. But, Christians are part of Israel. Each of the teachings and prophecies and precepts that are recorded in the Old Testament are the revelation of GOD, by GOD, of what is pleasing to GOD. Paul wrote in a letter to Timothy, (2 Tim) 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Paul was not referring to his own writings in this passage, he was referring to the scriptures that were scripture when he was writing his letters. He was referring to the Old Testament.
2 Chronicals 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” This is another verse of scripture that many have said is “just for Israel”. This is not true. This scripture, perhaps more than any other, is a reflection of the true heart of GOD. Here in lies the problem.
We have Christian leaders who lead us away from these principals and lead us to trust in lesser powers. They tell us we need to pass laws to control peoples actions and to make them live by the laws of GOD that they themselves do not live by. More to the point, they pick and choose which of GOD's laws to establish laws from. But GOD's laws are for GOD's people.
So, here is what we need to see;
If you go to the government to do what only GOD can do, you are not humbling yourself. You are prideful and saying, “If GOD will not handle this the way we want, than we will do it ourselves.” This is an evil in the sight of the LORD. HE has not told us to take over the governments and force people who are not HIS people to live by HIS laws. Quite the opposite. GOD has established a principal of freedom that was reflected in the writings of the founding fathers and the constitution of the of the United States. Our nation was founded on freedom from religious oppression and now our Christian leaders want to oppress who choose not to believe in their GOD.
THIS IS NOT HUMBLING OURSELVES.
Malachi chapter 3 tells us that we are under a curse because we do not tythe. If the Christians in a nation that is majority Christian bring a curse on themselves, it will bring a curse on the nation. 911 crippled the economy. Christians do not tythe. Then the economy crumbles even more. Christians still do not tythe. The forecast for the future is even worse. Christians will not tythe. Yet GOD has said, “try me in this one thing and see if I will not open the windows of Heaven and pour out blessings greater than you can hold” Would it be possible for GOD to pour out blessings on all HIS people in America and not effect a change to the whole nation? Even if you ignore the curse aspect, because we are no longer under the law, there is still the blessing aspect that is conditional.
Malachi also points to the fact that GOD's people give HIM unworthy, leftovers as an offering. Christians today will pay for movies and cable TV and new cars and bigger houses and toys, and if there is anything left, they will give something to the church. This is the wickedness that has brought America low.
We, as the people of faith are supposed to walk by faith and not by sight. Yet, every time some evil rises, we respond to it with earthly efforts and in our own power. When we do this, GOD backs off and let's us fail. Every time!!!! Christians are called to one course of action. TRUST IN GOD!!! Spread the good news of the gospel and the heart of a nation will be changed. Go to the government, and make things worse or go to GOD and trust HIM to deal with it.
America does not have a problem with homosexuals, or alcohol, or drugs or murdering unborn babies, or divorce, or child abuse, or any of the other issues we see. America has a spiritual problem and these things are the symptoms. Only GOD can deal with the spiritual problem. HE has told us what is necessary for us to do in order for HIM to do it.
Bless GOD America. Be a blessing to GOD and HE will bless us once again.