What word do you think best describes 2017? I think the word is arrogance/pride. Some of you may think the word is hatred which was prevalent but it was pride that fueled that hatred and is a natural consequence of pride.
It seems far to many of us have voluntarily chosen to be part of one or more organizations spreading, directly or indirectly, much of the hatred against the perceived other side that we see in our country today. Some of these organizations/mind sets are globalists or nationalists, white or black, liberals or conservatives, Democrats or Republicans, open border or vetted immigrationists, pro-Trump or anti-Trump, pro-this or that, and on and on.
Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites have become the logical forum for spreading this venom of hate since you can say things on them that you would never say to someone’s face with little or no consequences. They’ve become the perfect platform for making pugilists out of cowards. The time was ripe for this explosion of pride-filled hatred which Satan skillfully brewed.
Lest we forget, Lucifer, now Satan, got kicked out of heaven because of pride and Adam and Eve got kicked out of the garden of Eden for the same sin. Lucifer wanted to be god himself and was jealous of the Triune God for all the love, adoration and devotion He deservingly received. He tempted our first parents Adam and Eve with the promise of being like god that resulted in their disobedience and being forced out of the garden. Their sin gene has been passed on to each of their descendants which means to all of us.
If I am right about our pride problem, then our nation has set itself in opposition with the sovereign God of the universe. And that, naturally, is not a very wise or favorable position to be in since as James 4:6 says “…..God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Opposing God is always wrong and the results can be devastating.
Proverbs 16:5 says “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.”
Proverbs 8:13 says “To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.”
We are not without hope however as 2 Chronicles 7:14 says “……if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
The context of this verse is the Lord’s appearance to Solomon after the dedication of the temple to warn and reassure him on behalf of the nation of Israel. He was warning him that from time to time God would send judgments on Israel in the forms of drought, locust and pestilence for their disobedience and explained to him what would be required for Israel’s restoration. Therefore, we can’t apply this verse word for word to the USA because of God’s special relationship with Israel and since the verse was directed to all of Israel’s citizenry and not just a section of it but we can make application to the invisible church (church) in the USA which also has a special relationship with the Lord. If the church membership in the USA will humble themselves meaning repent of their sins which are any thoughts and/or deeds that are contrary to God’s word and pray and seek God’s face meaning turn our hearts as well as our lives over to God and His purposes and turn from our wickedness and start acting like God’s church and not man’s church, then God will hear from heaven and restore our churches.
And a restored and empowered church just might be the springboard for another great awakening in America where God’s mercy and grace flow down and our once great nation comes to it senses and repents and seeks God’s face again.
The balls in our court believers.