The Government Against God

June 27, 2013

Just this week the United States Supreme Court essentially honored “gay marriage” as legitimate and honored their status by granting federal benefits.  In addition, it struck down the voter’s proposition in California which bans “gay marriage”.  In other words, by this action, the Supreme Court gives credence to the States which allow “gay marriage” and opened the door in the future for legalizing it in all 50 States.   Essentially, what we now have in America, combined with the court’s position of abortion on demand, a government which is “anti-Christian” in its position and which by “legal fiat” seeks to force all Americans into its “politically correct” box.   In doing so, it will not be long before any biblical preacher or citizen who seeks to uphold God’s truth will eventually be arrested for “bigotry” and/or “hate speech”.  Such is the case already in many places of Europe and Canada.   America has fallen into a socialist country economically.  Yet we now have become an “anti-Christian” country in our value system.  The questions facing us are these: “What is happening to us?” and “How shall we then live?”

First, what is happening to us?  The answer is America is now joining the rest of the globe in being “anti-Christian”.  Unless this culture rot is reversed at every level of our society, we can say with confidence God in His sovereignty is allowing us to move fully into a new age of darkness.  We are actually seeing first hand the beginning of the Anti-Christ’s age.  No, the 7 year tribulation has not occured yet or we would be raptured (I Thess. 1:10, 5:1ff).  When the 7 year tribulation hits this planet, God’s people will be delivered from the “wrath to come.”  Yet as we run up to the edge of the tribulation period’s onset, we can expect to see more and more visible “anti-christ-like” signs.  I firmly believe the decision this week in our country is one such sign.  The increased rape, abuse and slavery of women all over the world is another.   Violent crime and the love of pleasure and money is another.   Listen to Paul on the list of the “end times” and see if this does not match “our day” all over this globe:

“But realize this, that in the last days difficult (in Greek “difficult” was used of savage wolves) times willcome.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power…..” (II Tim. 3:1-5A)

We are living in such times now.  Yes, God can have mercy on any country during this time and bring great repentance within a nation.  And yes, like Ninevah who repented, this could happen in our country too.  Yet eventually Ninevah went back to its wicked ways and was judged by God.  This is the destiny of all the earth as God’s judgement looms on the horizon (see Isaiah 24).   Yet as we wait on God’s judgement upon this planet and the ultimate establishment of His Kingdom (Rev. 19ff), let me address the second question posed earlier: How are we to live now?

Amidst this planet’s culture of antagonism against God’s church, we are to respond in the same way Peter exhorted the first century believers to respond.  Peter told these first century believers four things:

*** First, continue to live out your faith by living righteously (I Peter 3:10-12).

*** Second, give a blessing to your persecutors.  When you suffer for doing what is right, don’t slander or persecute the authorities.  Don’t seek revenge.  Instead give your tormentors a blessing.  (I Peter 3:8,9, 13)

*** Thirdly, do not fear but give a bold and respectful witness for Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation for all men.  (I Peter 3:14,15).

*** Lastly, don’t resort to illegal or pagan behavior.  So when they slander you, they may actually be put to shame in light of your good behavior in Christ (I Peter 3:16).

So in conclusion brethren, let us move forward in faith amidst life’s trials.  The world’s governments throughout history have rarely been favorable to believers in all ages.  Just ask Daniel and his three friends about that or Esther for that matter or how about Moses? What about Paul or Peter?  Yes, they all suffered under hostile governments.  My friends, as we wait for His glorious return, may we be found faithful, persevering in the work God has called us to do.  Now is not the time to quit!  Like believers of old, let us “run the race that is set before us” and fix our eyes on our leader and pioneer of our faith, the Lord Jesus Christ! (Heb. 12:1ff)    For one day He will reward those who have been faithful to Him (Rev. 22:12).