A Voice in the
" Do We Deserve This? "
"Through Jehovah’s kindness we are not consumed, because His compassions
never fail." (Lam3:22)
As this is being written in June: the first half of this year has been
devastating for this country in terms of weather. Snow storms, rain
storms, devastating tornadoes, floods, wildfires. One of the more
destructive tornadoes was in Joplin, Missouri, and as we observed in a
Q/A somebody who went
there to give humanitarian aid was asked the question by a Joplin woman:
"As a father has compassion on his children, so Jehovah has compassion
on those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who
can know it? I Jehovah search the heart, I examine the soul, even to
give to each man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his
"What did we do to deserve this? If there is really a God and He is
good can you explain to me why He would allow this to happen?"
Well... as often happens when preparations are underway to write these
articles, the Lord brings about events and observations, to give me a
CLEAR PICTURE and BURNING HEART regarding the situation; just as Ezekiel
was shown Israel's sins, to understand their judgments. (Ezk8) Westboro
Baptist church of Topeka, KS has gained a name for itself picketting at
funerals and other things, calling down God's judgment upon this nation
for its homosexuality and abortions. After all, God utterly destroyed
Sodom and Gomorrah for being, essentially, what this country is today.
(Ge19) Is this country due any less?
This is being written on a Sunday. Friday and Saturday several things
came to my attention. When I see in the promos that certain people are
to be guests I will often tune in to Leno and Letterman, and also to get
their 'take' on current events in the monologues, and to observe the
reactions of their audiences. To get a (if you will) 'pulse' on the
nation from those perspectives.
Leno, of course, had his 'girlie' man on who has graduated from being
"Ross the intern" to his full name. Behaves 'girlier' than silly girls
do. I -really- don't know what his problem is!!! Everytime I see him I
desperately want to vomit! Letterman had Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie
Howser MD, grown up). I didn't know this before, but he lives with
another male...and they have contrived and have two children. The 'ease'
with which they talk about "partners" these days...! Even the Meredith
Vieira "Millionaire" show often features 'gay' contestants where they
seem to make a point of also introducing the contestant's "partner";
thus, announcing the fact that they are gay; and in turn, that the show
-caters- to gays. Saturday I come around this corner and these two gals,
who I know, 'making out' in the front seat of the car, full-faced
agressive 'sucking' (as they say). The one has children through a couple
of dads... and I was in a stew all the rest of the evening, thinking
about the "child abuse" to those kids (that I see playing regularly),
living in that kind of environment. Turn on the local evening news and
the story of the moment is the "gay pride parade" that had been held.
(And then remembered: Yeah, I turned down a 'banner' job a couple weeks
ago for that event)
And then on PBS there was a program about churches and the gay agenda.
An activist woman whining that the mainline churches (like Presbyterian)
will not address "who people are" (homosexuals)...just as long as they
refrain from their practices and behavior...and vowing to continue being
activistly vocal. That must have been an 'older' program? Seeing as how
the Presbyterians and Methodists are now accepting gays into their
clergy. One wonders how they address passages like...
"You shall not lie with a male as with a female. It is an abomination."
Let's get one thing straight: There is no such thing as a "homosexual
gene"!! People are NOT "born that way". They cannot NOT help it! As Paul
explains it, when men do things with men, they are "abandoning the
NATURAL use of the woman" and engaging in "lust", doing things that are
"shameful", and when they contract the resultant sexual diseases the
"penalty is -FITTING- for their error" (Rom1:27) They got the disease
that was "fitting" as the consequence of their behavior. Anymore, I have
NO SYMPATHY for those with those diseases. As the angel proclaims in
"If a man lies with a male as one lies with a woman, both of them have
committed an abomination. They shall be executed to death. Their blood
shall be upon them." (Le20:13)
"Likewise also the men, abandoning the natural use of the woman, burned
in their lust toward one another, men with men performing what is
shameful, and receiving the retribution within themselves, the penalty
which is fitting for their error." (Ro1:27)
"You are righteous O Lord...for they are deserving" (Re16:5-6)
So, to that lady talking about how "the church" views things: people
-are- NOT "homosexual". That is not their essence. There -is- NO SUCH
THING as a "homosexual". But there certainly -is- homosexual BEHAVIOR.
Just like: there is nothing sinful about a woman being beautiful and
attractive. Even for people to notice that she is 'shapely' is not a
sin. (Ge29:17 De21:11, Es2:7) Even part of God's blessing on Job's
latter state was that he had daughters who were renowned for their
beauty. (Job42:15) But Jesus explains what -is- 'sin'...
"But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has
already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Mt5:28)
You see, there it is again: LUST.
The 'natural' way humanity is born is for males to be with females in
marriage, and to procreate.
Of course, there is the congressman scandal of the tweeted pictures,
that everybody is making fun of. While many are making noises that he
should resign, I haven't yet heard any sort of serious disgust. For this
man it is, well, what it is. With Clinton it included cigars. And a few
nights earlier I had tuned in to Leno where he was telling about Jessica
Simpson; either getting married, or engaged, or something...talking
about drawing up a "pre-nup" that her future husband agrees to "no
cheating" after they get married. To which Leno laughingly explodes with
something like: Hello!! Isn't that called the "marriage vows"???
(laugh, laugh, snicker, snicker)
Well... EXACTLY! Isn't it the "faith" (fidelity)(1Ti5:12) of marriage
that is on-the-rocks today!
Around this same time a visitor to the website sent some wacky comments
about the fact that sex should be outlawed; that sex is the "major sin"
in the world today. That if people would just stop having sex, that sin
in the world would disappear.
Well... TRUE! If people stopped having sex, the human population would
die off and cease to exist. And if there were no people, people would
not be sinning, because there would be NO PEOPLE -TO- SIN.
Indeed, "sex" -is- the #1 sin in the world. They talk about certain
animals where the females will "present" themselves to the male. With
humans, that's -ALL- we see. Females are continually "presenting"
themselves in their daily attire, behavior, commercials, and in the
primary movie and sitcom themes. It's all about sex and 'how' to get
some...and these days...how many perverse ways can we twist things
But marriage sex is not sin. It is God-ordained...
"Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled; but prostitutes
and adulterers God will judge." (Heb13:4)
In the beginning God created them:
"male and female He created them" (Ge1:27)
And when He had done so He ordained:
"Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it" (Ge1:28)
When males contrive to be with males, and females with females,
"fruitfulness" is IMPOSSIBLE. And God calls it "abomination" (Le18:22)
The dictionary calls "abomination" - "abhorrence, disgust". It is
And when they abort the baby before it is born, it is both "murder"
(Ex21:22-23) and rebellion against God's command to be "fruitful".
Many activitists claim that the earth is running out of space for the
growing human population, that present growth trends are not
"sustainable". Which I suppose somewhat salves their consciences
regarding homosexuality and abortion? But I was reading something the
other day where somebody had done some calculations, and they had come
up with the fact that today's entire 7-billion world population -could-
reside within the space of the state of Texas, if Texas were built up
with the infrastructure like New York City. If such a thing were done,
think of all the rest of the earth out there where the crops could be
But ultimately it is REBELLION. Rebellion against God, His design for
creation and His commands. There are two basic rebellions going on.
In addition to these main points, just like the "days of Noah"
(Mt24:37), before God destroyed all air-breathing, non-ark-preserved
life, that "every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
all day long" (Ge6:5) that's what it is today. So, rather than asking,
"what did we do to deserve" God's judgments, the question might be more
aptly asked: Why should God NOT send judgment? Not only is it the case
Today is characterized, as foretold...
- God commanded to be "fruitful". Mankind is perverting the whole
program of fruitfulness by perverting who has sex with whom, and if
accidentally a baby is conceived, how to get rid of the fruit.
- And after the flood God commanded to "multiply and FILL the earth"
(Ge9:1) Man rebelled and began to build, "that we not be scattered
abroad over the face of the whole earth" (Ge11:4) And so today the
major push is to delete the "boundaries of their dwellings" (Ac17:26)
and re-establish the one-world global governance they had started at
Babel, which God split up with the confounding languages. (Ge11:7)
A subjunct of #2 is the universal global one-world religion, which will
be addressed next month.
"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men
will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud,
blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural
affection, unyielding, slanderers, without self-control, savage,
despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure
rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its
power. And from such people turn away." (2Ti3:1-5)
That last item is the crux for next month. The world is -full- of
'religion', but they are minus God. They even pretend to be "christian",
but it is false. And as Jesus was speaking to the future...
"Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the
earth?" (Lk18:8b) ...the presumed answer: "No"
The thing is, the world is not looking for Christ's return. Jesus
"If I go...I will come again" (Jn14:3)
As the angels also proclaimed...
"This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into Heaven, will so come in
like manner as you have seen Him go into Heaven." (Ac1:11)
But the world is scoffing...
"knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking
according to their own lusts, and saying, WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS
COMING? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they
were since the beginning of creation." (2Pt3:3-4)
And I am reading more and more, lately, of even more people and groups
claiming to be "christian" that proclaim the Rapture to be a hoax. They
say there is NO RAPTURE. Well... if they claim to be CHRIST-ians, and
Jesus promised to "come again", but they deny Jesus' promise, they are
not real Christians. (Again, next month's article) A real Christian will
believe what Jesus promised.
But the lady asked, "What did we do to deserve" these tornadoes.
The correct question to asked is: What DIDN'T we (as a nation) do to
deserve judgment! The fact that we are still alive is God's grace and
We need to do as Nineveh did at Jonah's preaching...
"Believe God...call a fast...humble yourselves...call on
God...repent...turn away from evil and violence." (Jonah ch3)
Yes, God is "good". But even moreso, the Almighty is JUST and HOLY and
does not countenance wickedness!
"For the day of Jehovah is very great and terrifying, and who can endure
it? Yet even now turn to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and
with weeping, and with mourning, declares Jehovah. So, tear your heart,
and not your garments; and return to Jehovah your God. For He is
gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and He has
compassion concerning the evil." (Joel 2:11-13)