By Ray Gano
I have been flabbergast by the number of people who WANT judgement to come to our nation.
Now, let me say that yes our nation deserves God’s Judgment and chastisement, but I think it is foolish to wish it upon our nation in some “bring it on” attitude.
But not only that, it is a selfish attitude as well.
Think about if for a moment. How many of you out there have people you love and care for?
What people forget is the judgment starts with the house of the Lord.
1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Another point about God that seems to slip people’s minds is that God is not a respecter of men and that He sends rain to the just and the unjust.
Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
As I have mentioned before, we have been praying for God’s mercy upon our nation and asking Him to stay his judgment.
BUT WHEN the Divine Judge of America has determined that not enough righteousness exists in the people of America, then the Judgment must be executed against the nation.
Many bible-believing Christians have been crying out to God to spare the United States of America, just like Abraham did regarding the righteous in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Genesis 18:23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
Remember that Abraham asked for the possibility of 50 righteous found within the city. Abraham was able to persuade God to hold back the destruction; if as few as 10 righteous could be found.
Genesis 18:25 That be far from Thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from Thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
We know that God has been pleased with those who have begged for revival and the sparing of America, just as He was pleased with Abraham’s intercession.
James 2:23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
I say all this because I do not understand why people want to rush head first into God’s judgment?
We need to intercede on behalf of our nation, not throwing up our hands, with our chest’s out saying “bring it on.”
Like it or not, America is not the religious center of the universe like some believe. It is very arrogant thinking that God is going to come down and blow the trumpet and raptures us out because of a mess we created ourselves.
Another thing that people need to understand is that this is NOT wrath that is spoken about in scripture. What is coming down the pipe is judgment…chastisement because we as the church refused to stand in the gap.
Another thing is that I I don’t see people painting blood over the doorways thinking that judgment is going to Passover them. God is not a respecter of persons and He rains on the just and the unjust alike.
So all those people that are saying “Bring it on”; they don’t know what they are asking for.
Folks, it will be Christians that will be feeling the judgment blows first and this is why I am so dumbfounded when I read people’s comments on Facebook.
Now out of all the negative comments, I came across one of my friends comments and it was like… “WOW – How True!”
I want to share “T’s” comment…
“I am not saying that the WORLD starting in the HOUSE OF GOD isn’t under judgement, but I would be careful making the definite statement ANY calamity is a judgement against a place or a people. You don’t even know how God categorized places or people. ”texas” is not even a nation, tribe, tongue, or people” how the Word does categorize the world. And it’s a place of both BELIEVER and UNBELIEVER so ”TEXAS” can not be under the judgement of God, because BELIEVERS are not under God’s judgement…”.
This would be a good time to read the Book of Job. Job’s ”friends” were quick to accuse Job of sin, claim he was under the judgement of God. The point of the Book of Job is that you cannot assume bad things mean God is angry, or judging anyone. In fact it was the case that calamity came to TRY JOB and make it manifest JOB WAS GOD’S SERVANT!
How is a Christian saying “Harvey is God’s judgement on Texas for America’s sin.” Different from that Florida professor saying ”Harvey is God’s judgement on Texas for voting Trump.”? Neither the believer, nor the unbeliever in this case KNOWS that’s the case at all. They both probably BELIEVE IT, but both are speaking presumptuously in the name of God who did not speak it to them.
Consider this. No one in the Book of Job was said to be under the judgement of God, except Job’s friends who God told Job to intervene for because He was HOT they’d misrepresented Him. But how many were affected by Job’s trial? Was it only Job who lost everything, including respect? Job’s wife lost everything with him. She lost 10 children. Their children were well known surely in society. They had friends and loved ones who lost them as well.
The servants that were killed had friends and loved ones surely. They may have had children themselves and spouses. What tragedy befell many, in NONE of it was the judgement of God on them, but rather, the trial of Job. Consider this well. God’s people are the first that judgement comes to, so if it is, then shouldn’t we say it to BELIEVERS and not unbelievers? But I don’t know that any particular storm is judgement, or trial, or both, or neither.”
I hope that this gives people pause for thought.
We are being given a chance to make a difference. So much hurt, so much pain, so much loss.
Now more than ever people need the hope that we have, the hope of Jesus Christ our Savior.
Now is the time to share the hope (1 Peter 3:15)