April 29, 2015
These Are The Days of Destruction
I am not willing to cut them any slack due to the death of Freddie Gray. Those who were drawn to the impulse to destroy did not even know Mr. Gray. They didn't attend his funeral, nor seek to engage in constructive protest of police actions. Instead they responded to social media provocations to riot and rampage. Let's be clear ... they were determined to destroy, and complete devastation and ruination was the goal. The lack of authoritative control on the part of government officials, law enforcement, or parents shows the degree to which we are sliding into corruption, abomination, and wickedness. The Enemy of God and mankind chortles with glee and satisfaction.
The figures are devastating: More than 4,600 people dead. Over 9,000 injured. Eight million affected across Nepal. One million children urgently in need of help. (Statistics from CNN). And those numbers are nowhere near the final toll. Landslides, avalanches, and torrential rain have added to the grief we feel for the humanity of man after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Himalayan country.
The Bible also tells us that there will be "distress of nations" on the earth due to signs in the sun, moon and stars. The blood red moons and the solar disturbances give credence to that prophecy. Our own nation sits on edge with prognostications of major earthquakes in California and along the New Madrid Fault in the Midwest. And volcanoes along the Pacific Ocean Ring of Fire are making themselves known ... it sure seems as if the earth and the works that are done on it are being exposed [with the result being our own destruction]. The Ruler of this world and of Darkness waits in anticipation to make his final moves.
But this is what I find interesting ... For the last 50 years or more, Sociologists have pointed to the lack of fathers in the black community as a vital reason for the destruction of the Black Family. So why is that correlation not continued across the spectrum of all families? If it is essential for a healthy family to consist of a father and mother, then doesn't it make sense that the union of the two people who create that family be defined as a man and woman? Doesn't it seem that simple?
Yet our very churches no longer seek to encourage the family unit. They increasingly model themselves to the whims of society, with no regard as to the morality or sinfulness of societal self-indulgence. Humanism has become the new religion of this Age; the human perspective has become more important than the Divine. Human beings know what they want and what is good for them; there is no need to subject the desires of the flesh to the standards of a diminished God.
And this summer the highest court in the land will determine the standard by which future marriages and families in the entire country will be defined. Sadly, I do not have great hope that their decision will be pleasing to the God I serve. Compromise has become the byword, and unfortunately, that concession will seal our destruction, both as a nation, and as Christ's Church. Score one more for Satan in his cosmic battle to control this realm.
The definition of Destruction is as follows: a) the action or process of causing so much damage to something that it no longer exists or cannot be repaired; b) the action or process of killing or being killed; c) a cause of someone's ruin. Look carefully at each of these three meanings ... you will find Baltimore described in the first; Nepal in the second; and our nation in the third. Is it as apparent to you, as it is to me, that these are the Days of Destruction? Pray for God's mercy to keep us from destroying ourselves! Lord knows we are due His Destructive Hand!
Matthew 10:28 "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell."