Friday, July 8, 2016


Three days after our nation celebrated our 240th year of independence, at least eleven police officers have been shot in Dallas; mobs of Muslims threaten to rape non-Muslim women in America's cities; our government has been anti-Israel, anti-life, and anti-democracy for the past seven years; the rich and powerful, though declared guilty of breaking the law, do not have charges brought against them; racism is worse today than it has been since the days of Martin Luther King, Jr.; our economy is "in the toilet" with a national debt of over eighteen trillion; our military is leaderless; our schools spend more time on controlling rebellious behavior than they do teaching; and nearly one half of our citizens are being supported by taxpayers!  Is it any wonder that born again believers are longing for their Lord's return?  He is our only hope!  Nearly two thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul described modern-day America:

ROMANS 1:18-32 (Based on the NLT)

     "But God shows His anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.  They know the truth about God because He has made it obvious to them.  For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky.  Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature.  So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

     Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks.  And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like.  As a result, their minds became dark and confused.  Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.  And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

     So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.  They traded the truth about God for a lie.  So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator Himself, who is worthy of eternal praise!  Amen.  That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires.  Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.  And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other.  Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

     Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.  Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip.  They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful.  They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents.  They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy.  They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway.  Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too."

America is too far gone for man to save it - only Almighty God can do that - so PRAY!

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