Sunday, January 22, 2006

Enough Is Enough

Originally posted on The Underground Railroad

How long, O LORD, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, "Violence!"
but you do not save?

Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.

Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.
Habakkuk 1:2-4

Someone once said that if God doesn't deal with America soon then He'll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. As I look around America and see this Brokeback crap to my left and this Bushwacked crap to my right I see the logic of their assertion. When I look in the mirror and see my own crap I echo Paul's point and cry, "O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" Do you ever wonder how long this same old stuff will continue to go on, how long the wicked will seem to prosper while those who are trying to do right seem to falter? Habakkuk voiced this concern to God when he saw the wickedness of his own countrymen - the people who were supposed to be a kingdom of priests, who were supposed to be a holy nation, who were supposed to be God's own possession. Instead, what he saw was iniquity and wickedness, violence and destruction, strife and contention, the law being ignored and justice being perverted.

Look familiar?

One day, all of this crap is coming to a screeching halt - the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. Yet no one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.

Any day now.

Until that day comes - be that in a few hours or a few millennia - we who are called by His name are called to stand our ground in this evil day. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the body armor of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the armored Humvee of faith, with which you can survive all the IEDs of the evil one. Take the brain bucket of salvation and the rifle of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

We all need prayer. Desperately.

May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
And may the LORD,
Who wants you to accept Him on His terms,
May He turn His face toward you and give you peace.

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