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Making Sense of the Surreal: The Worldview of American Politics, Part 1


American politics seems to have taken a turn to the surreal. At Netroots Nation a few weeks ago, Martin O’Malley, running to be the Democratic candidate for the presidency, was booed offstage and later apologized for saying “all lives matter” rather than the obligatory “Black lives matter.”

The President has made homosexual rights a major theme of his foreign policy, pressuring nations in the Global South to support same sex marriage, yet he also supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and has just reached a deal with Iran, both of which execute homosexuals.

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Revival and Confession


In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple....And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!" Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for." Isaiah 6:1, 5-7

The Delay
How many years have you been praying for revival to come to America? For many of my Christian friends, the answer is not measured in mere years, but decades; and after so much time, we have to wonder how much longer our prayers will go unanswered. We even have to wonder whether God has already given us His answer: No. Perhaps God sees what we see as we peruse the daily news – incremental steps inexorably moving the American people further and further away from Him. Perhaps He knows our hearts are not going to change.

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Where Do We Go From Here?


But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15

What Now?
Like many Christians across America, I’ve been thinking a lot these days about the recent SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage (SSM). I suspect that its legalization has opened up the proverbial can of worms – the effects of which we can only begin to imagine. Consequently, I have lots of questions about what this will mean, especially for our churches:

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Righteous Living in a Doomed Nation, Part 9


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For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. Romans 14:8

Be Loyal
Over the years, I have used a number of devotionals for my morning quiet time, devotionals written by giants of the faith like Charles Spurgeon, Mrs. Charles Cowman, Billy Graham, and Henry Blackaby. The devotional which I keep returning to again and again, however, is Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest. For more than 25 years, I have read and re-read (in both the classic and updated versions) the words of this dear saint – words faithfully recorded by his wife, Biddy, and published after his death.

On the one hand, Chambers’ words wound me: I am frequently reminded of my lack of “abandonment” to the Lord and all the ways in which I sabotage my own spiritual walk through self-centeredness and short-sightedness. On the other hand, his words create in me a longing to experience what he did: a spiritual life deeper and richer than anything I have known thus far.

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Righteous Living in a Doomed Nation, Part 8


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Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. Psalm 37:7-9

Fleeing Spiritual Bankruptcy
In this series thus far, we have considered six answers to the dilemma expressed in Psalm 11:3. When the godly foundations of a nation have been destroyed, what is the role of the righteous? How are they to live a holy life in the midst of a degenerate culture where vileness is exalted? This week, we will examine the seventh, and last, answer: we are to wait upon the Lord.

Waiting upon the Lord is a much different proposition than what is now being promoted by some in the Christian community who argue that America is lost, so it’s time for us to go into survival mode and wait for the end to come. They argue that we need to quit wasting our time fighting a losing battle and, instead, concentrate on saving ourselves and our family members while leaving the rest to suffer the ill effects of life in a dying culture.

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Righteous Living in a Doomed Nation, Part 7


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Fresco ( 12th century, restored 1896-1903 ) showing the biblical prophet Habkkuk with quotation: "The righteous will live by his faith"( Hab 2:4 ) (Wolfgang Sauber/Wikipedia Commons)

[The] righteous shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4b

Our One Responsibility
There is an old adage which says, “Don’t ask a question if you don’t want to know the answer”—a phrase which, in hindsight, might very well apply to the prophet Habakkuk when he queried God. After lamenting over the injustice and wrongful suffering, the destruction and violence, and the strife and conflict tearing apart the fabric of his nation, Habakkuk wondered how long God was going to remain idle before stepping in to set things right (Habakkuk 1:3-4).

While Habakkuk knew Judah deserved to be punished for violating the covenant requirements, he was nevertheless stunned to learn just how severe that punishment would be. For God informed Habakkuk that He would one day raise up an even more evil nation (Babylon) to crush Judah—an answer which left Habakkuk reeling as he tried to comprehend how a holy God—one who is “of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong”—could contemplate such an action against His own people (1:13).

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