By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Is America at a crossroads, and other once godly nations, in their relationship to God; or are they already on the road that will bring God's judgment? Are we already seeing the results of God's taking away the protective hedge as found in the Parable of the Vineyard?
The prophet Isaiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, revealed how God had planted a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered (or cleared) out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes (Isaiah 5: 2).
God's response: What could have been done more in my vineyard, that I have not done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? And now go (or come) to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up (or consumed); and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden (or trampled) down (Isaiah 5:4-5).
The parable was in reference to the men of Judah and the house of Israel; who are condemned for parading their sin before God, without shame or remorse.
Scripture reveals: Hear the Word of the Lord, you children of Israel: for the Lord has a controversy (or charge against) the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out (or break all restraints), and blood touches blood (or bloodshed follows bloodshed) (Hosea 4:1-2).
Does God have a controversy with America? Is America at a crossroads? As America continues sliding deeper and deeper into the cesspool of filth and degradation; flaunting her sins openly, what would preclude God's judgment?
What makes America, or any other nation, think they can weigh in on a sinful nature, seemingly without reproach, and not be found weighed in the balance and found wanting? Scripture reveals: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Galatians 6: 7-8).
Scripture reveals: Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through (or because of) the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness (or hardening) of their heart. Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness (or that which is lewd or lustful), to work all uncleanness with greediness (Ephesians 4: 18-19).
There are those who flaunt the Word of God by misinterpreting it, or ignoring it, to suit their own purpose or lifestyle. They have alienated themselves from a life in God; by not accepting His Word at its face value. Does this bring America at a crossroads or has it already chosen its road to follow?
The road of ungodliness will only lead to destruction unless one comes to realization of the error of their way with repentance coming into focus. God through His mercy gives space for repentance! Scripture reveals: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness: but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9); unless one has become so entrenched in sin they will not hear what "Thus Saith the Lord!"
America, and other once godly nations, have a deceptive spirit sweeping through the land; with a flood of devastation that washes away everything in its path. We are seeing the crumbling of once held godly values; as the ungodliness sweeps aside the morals of yesteryear, bringing America at a crossroads, along with any nation that forsakes God.
Scripture reveals: But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily (or secretly) shall bring in damnable (or destructive) heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious (or destructive) ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of (or blasphemed) (2 Peter 2:1-2).
Is America at a crossroads; if so it needs to decide which way it will go! The Word of God does not change to blend in with the environment, or culture, but is everlasting to everlasting, and changes not. It is those who want acceptance of their ungodly ways, and lifestyles, that would attempt to alter that Word.
America was birthed in God. Its founding fathers had a Christian heritage and established this nation on godly precepts. This Christian heritage has been maintained until a relatively few short years ago; with much transpiring that has placed America at a crossroads. If it continues in its present trend it can only lead to the judgmental side of God rather than continuation of His merciful hand and blessings.
In the past; God used men of God to help set spiritual forces in motion that would preclude His judgment; with repentance coming into focus. Even today, God has His watchman sounding the alarm, giving warning of that which is coming.
God's Word reveals a pathway towards reconciliation:
If my people who 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 (2 Chronicles 7:14).
But if you turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have given you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; then will I pluck you up by the roots out of my land which I have given you; and this house, which I have sanctified (or set apart) for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all nations (2 Chronicles 7:19-20).
A Bible commentary noted: While this promise was originally given to King Solomon regarding the people of Israel, it is certainly applicable to all who will call on the Lord in repentance and faith. Is America at a crossroads; if so will she make the necessary changes to return to God?
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