To add onto yesterday's post.....
There have been so many emails sent out 'warning' us of God's wrath if we make idols of other things besides God. A lot of threats from our christian leaders as to what will happen if we "kick God out" of our country and hearts. They warn us that God will be angry and turn His back on us.
I agree that a nation that doesn't put God first is in trouble... but not because God will me 'mad' at them and His wrath will pour out like the Old Testament stories. I really believe Jesus changed that. I really do not believe that God punishes us like that.
BUT I do believe that these warnings are correct. That sins DO have consequences and any nation that doesn't put God first.... that is full of idols.... IS in trouble. This goes back to PK's American Idols series so much!
Very clearly as a nation, we are headed down the same path every other nation that turned from God, did. We are looking for anything to fill that spot that is designed in us that only God, our Creator can fill. We are looking for significance & value that only He can give. We turn to pleasure, power, money, the list goes on and on. What has happened on Wall Street is a prime example. Greed got us here. The love & abuse of money. Money in itself is neither bad nor good --- but when it is put above God in our lives.... it becomes destructive. Money takes on the morality of whoever has it. It can be used for a lot of bad or a lot of good.
My point in all this gibberish is to say that God loves us. He wants good for us, but He's a just God and a jealous God. He won't 'punish' us. Jesus changed that for us.... but our sins do have consequences. Our idols do give satan a foothold in our lives. Satan destroys, distorts and ruins everything he touches. People & countries alike.
Pray for our leaders. Pray for our government. Pray for our own hearts - that we won't be afraid of God or His wrath --- but that we will be afraid of sin and its consequences!!!
Keep God first! "Seek first His kingdom and righteousness...."Him first!! (Matthew 6:33)
More on this tomorrow!!!.............