A Voice in the
"There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless their mother. There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, and yet is not washed from its excrement. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up." (Pr30:11-13)
Amazing that this was written 3000 years ago. If a person were to sit down and try to figure out four sentences that would concisely describe our world today, could anybody come any closer than this?
If we consider the various terms that are bandied about, especially when it comes to presidential campaign rhetoric, as pretty much all the candidates lie to deceive the voters into thinking they are something different from what they really are, is not the big catch-word, "Values"? Family values. Moral values. Values regarding life. Economic values. Patriotic values. Values regarding women's reproductive rights. Values regarding sexual-orientation. And if we were to take all those values they are concerned about, and if we were to look for the core underpinnings to the -TRUTH- of what's -wrong- with our nation's values, which one candidate particularly says he wants to "change" this nation, that everything is terribly 'wrong' with it....if we dig down and find the -actual- 'TRUTH'...everything that's "wrong" with our culture can be summed up, in some fashion, in those three verses.
Of course, the underpinnings behind those three verses is "sin". But let's pass over these three concepts ever-so-briefly for a moment. Even when a nation does not know God in their hearts, when they live according to -Godly- 'values', they tend to be a blessed society. But when they, equally not knowing God in their hearts, revert to utterly -depraved- behavioral 'values', the society becomes accursed.
"..according to the doings of the land of Canaan...you shall not do; nor
shall you walk in their ordinances. You shall do My judgments and keep
My ordinances, to walk in them: I am Jehovah your God. You shall
therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he
shall live by them: I am Jehovah." (~Le18:3-5)
Is that not the primary characteristic of today's youth! Society has persuaded itself that this is not so, as they train adults in how to "listen to your kids" because they are "wise" (as they allow kids to pretend to be "young-adults" instead of "children"). The "cool" parents and adults are the ones who cater -to- the whims of the children, and if the child strongly objects to parental guidance, the adult caves, and the child "wins"...doing what they want to anyway.
This is directly opposite of what Scripture teaches.
PURE IN ITS OWN EYES, and yet vile in its EXCREMENT!
Where does this topic even begin and end!! Without getting into politics, and yet using politics a moment here: for anybody who has been politically 'aware' for even a scant period of time, one realizes that what liberal democrats used to be republicans now are, what extreme liberal democrats used to be is now somewhat 'conservative' mainstream democratic thinking, and the ones running for office now make those who used to be ultra-liberal look like conservative republicans by comparison. And yet, those to the ultra-left, speak of those from the opposite party who are now what democrats used to be, as "extremists". As all the various birds-of-a-feather come flocking together, they are all joining each other on the 'left' side of the tree: some with the 'republican' label, others with other labels. But as they all gather together filling the 'left' side of the tree, the 'right' side of the tree is essentially empty...but all those on the 'left' side -call- themselves 'mainstream', even though the tree, itself, is now lopsided regarding its feathered occupants...all the issues of the tree being a historical 'constant' and represented on both of its sides throughout its branches.
Getting out of politics, looking at morality: It used to be a shame and disgraceful when an unmarried woman/girl was found to be pregnant. Those who carted their daughters away to get a hush-hush abortion, tried to be sure nobody else knew the "disgrace" that had happened in their family. The girl had behaved "immorally". She was a "bad" girl. A "tramp". A "slut". (Please excuse the terminology of these labels, but we are making a point. You that are older remember those days.) NOW: if anybody dares to call out-of-wedlock pregnancy to be 'wrong', those who now do it openly and militantly, call any attempts to curtail their rotten behavior as "immoral". In other words, the ones condemning are deemed "immoral" (for condemning), not the ones engaged in immoral behavior! For some reason society has become so skewed around that it has become more immoral to condemn immorality, than it is to engage in immorality. And so, by reason of degrees, the one -behaving- immorally is said to be righteous, and the truly righteous one who condemns the sin is said to be "immoral". (Did you follow all that? That's how twisted it has all become!) "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil" (Is5:20a)
They also militantly shout out that it is their "moral right" to be able to commit murder within their 'own' wombs; and the 'immorality' they would wish to cleanse the land of is those "extremists" (from the 'right' side of that 'tree' above) who would be SO IMMORAL as to deprive women-of-the-night (which is what most women have become!) who sleep around the 'right' to murder, the remains of their offspring, which then come out as "excrement". They decry the "immorality" of the righteous, whilst themselves excreting the barbarically ripped-apart remains. Oooh, but, you see....they really are "moral"...they pass laws requiring the "fetus" to be given anesthetics so as not to feel the pain, while they are being murdered. How "humane" of them! How..."moral"??? Presuming themselves to be "moral", they would fit themselves into the opening passage as being "pure". Oh, that they would also pass a law -requiring- the mother to 'view' the remains she excretes, taking a picture to be permanently included with her medical history!!
SIDE-NOTE: Isn't it interesting how technology, specifically in these times with these issues at stake, has recently refined our ability to 'see' inside the womb, to see that (so-called) "fetus" sucking its thumb, running, smiling, etc. THEY ARE "WITHOUT EXCUSE"! (Ro1:20b)
"American Pride!" How many bumper stickers have I not seen with these words! Or some brand or union will slogan: "Built with American Pride!" I have known of families who rut around in the sickness called, "family values", who express pride in their family name and heritage. People are proud of their sports team. If a child excels at something, they are encouraged to "be proud of yourself". Back during the Australia Olympics the American and Australian men's swim teams exibited public displays of pride regarding themselves to each other. Not to mention today's religion called, "Self-esteem". Biblical Christian behavior is to "esteem others as surpassing himself" (Php2:3) But the world exhorts to "look out for #1".
A measure of judgment came to this nation on 9/11. Although, compared to what Israel is the brunt of on a regular basis that the world down-plays, 9/11 was proportionately as 'nothing'! America has the label as being "under God", and our money has the slogan, "in God we trust".
Well, what did God say to a wayward nation? "..if My people who have been called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from the heavens, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2Ch7:14) This was said to Israel, but many people claim America is God's nation; so let's take a look at this.
But America is -NOT- complying with God's holy standard. Therefore, rather than forgiveness, He is GIVING THEM UP TO: vile passions, shameful behavior men-with-men, reprobate minds, "..being filled with every unrighteousness, sexual perversion, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, depravity; whisperers, defamers, haters of God, insolent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do them, but also approve of those who practice them." (Rom1:26-32) Not to mention storms, drought, pestilences and other things that plague us.
Before Sodom and Gomorrah's judgment they lashed out at Lot, the same way they do to Christians: "This one came in to sojourn, and he acts as a judge to condemn; now we will deal worse with you than with them." (Gen19:9) But what happened to them...?
"...but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even in the same way will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed." (Lk17:29-30)
There is a generation...? Indeed, there is! We are 'now' -in- that generation..!
Regarding prophecy, everybody likes to look at Israel, the middle east, technology and whatever other world events are forming into what will be during the coming 70th week; and indeed, those are things to observe. But this that we have just looked at is also just as prophetic, and equally a sign-of-the-times:
And "...THIS GENERATION WILL BY NO MEANS PASS AWAY TILL ALL THINGS TAKE PLACE. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with giddiness, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come upon you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man." (Lk21:29-36)
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