In this week’s The Truth Newsletter I write about the Injustice of Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. Men and women who are in seats of power who are not governing from a foundation of righteousness will almost always make poor if not lawless decisions. And when I say lawless I mean any decision, or law for that matter, that violates God’s law. Obamacare is theft and the Eighth Commandment clearly commands against stealing.
Lawlessness from judges is not a 21st Century phenomenon; it’s not exclusive American History. It has been in effect for centuries. King Solomon observed:
“Moreover I saw under the sun: in the place of judgment, wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, iniquity was there. I said in my heart, ‘God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.’” (Ecclesiastes 3:16-17)
As Christians, knowing that “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked” should bring us satisfaction in knowing righteousness will prevail and also summon us to live a life that is right with God. If we as a nation are going to experience the spiritual revival we so desperately need, repentance will have to come first. For this to happen, our pastors in the pulpits across America are going to have to declare such need as did the Prophet Amos:
“Seek the Lord and live, lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, with no one to quench it in Bethel—you who turn justice to wormwood, and lay righteousness to rest in the earth!” (Amos 5:6-7)
I’m getting to the point where I sound like a broken record, but everyday I get an email or contacted via social media on how we must throw Barack Obama out of office to save our country, and everyday I respond by saying Obama is a symptom of the problem, not the problem. Barack Obama did not single-handedly increase the debt limit; he needed Congress to do it and he got the Democrat-led Senate and Republican-led House to acquiesce to his request. Why would “our guys” do such a thing? Our old friend Matthew Henry explains it in light of King Solomon’s observation in Ecclesiastes 3:
“Without the fear of the Lord, man is but vanity; set that fear aside, and judges will not use their power well. And there is another Judge that stands before the door: With God there is a time for the redressing of grievances, though as yet we see it not.”
Matthew Henry may not have seen God setting right what is wrong, but we are seeing it in our nation today. In fact, the most beguiling part of it all is God is actually letting us have our way and therein lies the problem. President John Adams called for a National Fast Day in 1799 and declared:
“As no truth is more clearly taught in the Volume of Inspiration, nor any more fully demonstrated by the experience of all ages, than a deep sense and a due acknowledgment of the growing providence of a Supreme Being, and of the accountableness of men to Him as the searcher of hearts and righteous distributor of rewards and punishments are conducive equally to the happiness of individuals and to the well-being of communities…”
President Adams continued in his proclamation to call the American people observe April 25, 1799 “as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer” and to “devote time to the sacred duties of religion, in public and in private.” And then he ended by quoting from the King James Bible:
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)
It was President Adams’ wish that the nation would come to its senses and understand and embrace the truth of Proverbs 14:34. Why? Because John Adams was a righteous and godly man who studied the Scriptures daily and understood that a nation that despises justice is a nation that will be punished by God. If God did it to Israel, why would He not do it to America?
“But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin. Now hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who abhor justice and pervert all equity, who build up Zion with bloodshed and Jerusalem with iniquity: her heads judge for a bribe, her priests teach for pay, and her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the Lord, and say, ‘Is not the Lord among us? No harm can come upon us.’ Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, and the mountain of the temple like the bare hills of the forest.” (Micah 3:8-12)
Micah 3 ends solemnly, but Micah 4 ends with triumph because we have a Savior in the Lord Jesus Christ. And like Israel did so many times before, if we will repent and turn to King Jesus then He will heal our land. Let me be the first to repent of my wickedness, my idolatry, my covetousness, my rebellion to God’s Holy Word and set my face towards Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit complete dominion in my life.
For me to call on my nation to repent and not do so myself is the height of hypocrisy. And hypocrites lack the faith it takes to trust our future to a Holy God.
But we can because Jesus is worthy of our trust.
More on that tomorrow…
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