“A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an
hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a
tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might
receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. And they
caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty. And again he sent
unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded
him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled. And again he
sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some,
and killing some.” Mark 12:1 - 5.
God, in His infinite wisdom sent messenger after messenger to
intercede in the lives of His people, to bring to the people His
rules and precepts, His laws, and even His judgments. Over and over
again they were rejected. His messengers were beaten, and even
killed because of the hardness of men’s hearts. People couldn’t
allow some invisible God to give them commands. Men wanted to be
their own gods. “Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he
sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come,
let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.” Mark
12:6 - 7.
Our nation is facing the worst economic recession, or depression, in
years; its being said that America is experiencing a crisis of
historical magnitude. Americans have lived with the mindset of “Get
it while you can” or “Gain everything you can today, for tomorrow we
die, and after that, nothing”. But now, as our country struggles to
stay afloat, many are losing jobs as well as homes, autos,
retirement securities….the list goes on and on.
With what most pundits are touting as the reasons behind this most
destructive economic era one would think they’ve got it all figured
out and the fix is in. In general they say it’s the banking and
housing markets that are the culprits. Actually, as you might have
guessed by now, I have a different view of what ails this nation.
We’ll never hear any of the secular news agencies come within a
millimeter of what is really happening to this country. America is
and has been rejecting the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for
years now. Rejection of God, as the husbandman found out in Jesus’
parable above, will bring swift retribution.
Rejection can be an awful feeling. At some point in our lives we’ve
probably all felt the sting of rejection. Mostly we pick ourselves
up, dust ourselves off, and keep going. What about God? How do you
think He feels when His creation rejects Him? He’s offered us His
Son as a sin sacrifice, a free gift if you will, and for the most
part He’s been rejected. Do you think God ever gets over the sting
of rejection? Do you think He enjoys watching while this Christ
rejecting world falls deeper and deeper into the realm of unbelief?
Where is Jesus today in the minds of many Americans? Absent! Oh no,
Jesus isn’t AWOL not at all, He’s been given the boot. America no
longer wants or needs Jesus. America can get along just fine without
God, thank you very much. America has progressed past the point
where she needs to rely on some kind of crutch to see her grow and
prosper. American’s have become quite self-sufficient. And in terms
of all our needs being met, we now have our huge wonderful
government to supply everything we need. No need to pray for God’s
intervention in our lives. We have Obama. He’ll see us through all
of these crises now appearing on the scene. “Ron you’re being a
little Sarcastic.” A little?
Someday the people of America are going to wake up to the fact that
they have placed their faith and trust in nothing more than a mere
man. No mere man can be a “Savior” to the people of any nation. No
mere man can be called the “One”. No mere man can be called a
“Messiah”. These titles the One, the Messiah, the Christ, and Savior
have always been and always will be God’s. “And they took him, and
killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.” Mark 12:8.
No man being voted into office by a simple majority of folks can or
should ever make claim to the title of messiah just because some
misguided individuals have placed it upon him. But we currently have
a man who is enjoying his reign as king of our land. This man
currently sits in the office of the president of the United States .
He never denies the title of savior or messiah whenever it is placed
upon him. He never rebukes those who attempt to crown him with those
titles. Wouldn’t you call that a rejection of the truth, the truth
of who really is entitled to claim the exalted position of Messiah?
Seriously folks would a born again believer in Christ ever allow
those titles to be placed on him, or her for that matter, without
even the teensiest rebuke forthcoming? I’ll answer that question
How long will God protect a nation that continually rejects Him? If
we feel some little stinging twinge whenever we’re
rejected, wouldn’t God be in constant severe pain by all the
rejection that goes on every single day in this land of ours?
Especially when others take on His name and try to promote
themselves as the “One” who can save mankind from all the ills that
have befallen them. Mr. Obama says, “Only the government can save
us” and this from a professing Christian?
Jesus never promises to keep His followers from the trials of this
life. As a matter of fact He promises us we will be put through some
pretty tough times. He also promises to see us through them, to
never leave us or forsake us. Certainly a claim no mere man can
America is headed for a great fall. This country isn’t going to
survive in its current state of rebellion to God. We have been given
more chances and more blessings than any other nation on the face of
this earth. We here in America are the wealthiest people of all the
nations of the world; we have been blessed beyond compare. There is
only one reason those blessings are seemingly being removed, and
that’s because we’ve removed the One who has done all the blessing.
“To whomsoever much is given much is required.” Luke 12:48.
Secular analysts really don’t have a clue.
God’s Son was and is earth’s Final Messenger. There would be no
other. Either they would accept the message of the Son, or face
certain judgment. “If you do not hear the well beloved Son of God,
you have refused your last hope. He is God’s ultimatum. Nothing
remains when Christ is refused. No one else can be sent; heaven
itself contains no further messenger. If Christ be rejected, hope is
rejected.” Charles Spurgeon
At one time the United States of America was a Christian nation.
Many will disagree with me, but that’s only because they no longer
want to face the truth regarding the foundation of our nation’s
morals and laws. There is something terrible surfacing in America
and at an alarming speed; all Christians can watch for themselves as
it raises its ugly head. It’s called hatred, and it’s pointed
specifically at Christians. Don’t believe me? Go read a few secular
blogs on the internet. Listen to major news networks. Look at our
own government and see for yourself how hatred of Christians is
increasing. Look at the reaction last year from those “tolerant
homosexuals” in California who only want to be treated as equals in
a normal society. They only want their evil and sick lifestyle
legitimized, that’s all.
In Jesus’ day, those who supposedly had studied the scriptures hated
Him and despised Him and treated Him as a criminal. Today there are
many who hate Him and despise Him who’ve never even cracked open a
Bible. If He were to present Himself to them today in the flesh they
would treat Him as a criminal and they would kill Him all over
again. There is only one way to understand this hatred, it is
Satan has a huge influence on this nation and on all nations of this
world because he is the prince of this world. People follow him now
just as they always have, knowingly or not. His influence is far
reaching, even to the White House and the US president.
Our nation is under extreme satanic attack. God will not protect
those who turn against Him. He will allow us to reap what we sow. In
this case Satan has sown into the minds of many Americans that the
man in the Oval Office is our new messiah. Obama will save the
American people from the economic mess, the terrorism that’s on the
minds of most Americans, global warming/climate change, and of
course the horrible problem with over population. He has a “perfect”
satanic cure for that one, and it’s called abortion. Have you ever
noticed that nothing bad or evil ever sticks to this guy? Hmm.
What came out during the presidential campaign would have eliminated
anyone from contending for the prize of the presidency. But nothing
stuck to Obama. All of his evil associations with unrepentant
terrorists, a pastor who hates America and all white people, and how
he basically thumbed his nose at the Constitution of the United
States of America when he refused to permit the American people to
view his original birth certificate. In my state of Missouri we
can’t even renew our driver’s licenses without a birth certificate,
but even though there is a cloud on this man’s origin of birth he
can still become president. Sounds to me like we should be calling
him king Obama.
The people are enamored by Obama, but did you ever wonder why? What
did Obama have that the other candidates lacked? There are powers
and principalities behind this man that the normal American can’t
possibly discern, especially those who are without faith in God. A
recent news article stated that at the time of Obama’s inauguration
80% of Americans polled were behind him, but that number has dropped
to 65% today, at the writing of this commentary. Obama hasn’t even
been in office a month. The lad doesn’t seem to be holding up well
at all. Of course a king will just have those who appose him
eliminated without a second thought.
God ordains the leaders of nations, but when the people of any
nation reject Him, He may very well give those evil people exactly
what they’ve asked for. Whether or not that leader brings his people
to prosperity and safety or delivers them into a fiery furnace is up
to that leader. It’s his responsibility to follow God’s will, but if
he doesn’t take God’s word seriously or even believe in God’s
inerrant word then how can God’s will for those people and that land
ever be accomplished through such a man?
Doom and gloom protagonists are always looked upon as scare mongers.
Well so be it, forewarned is forearmed. Here we are on the cusp of
the finale to earth’s last days, and on the horizon Christians will
be facing some major persecutions. There is only one way to
effectively combat the tide of hatred that’s beginning to be
directed at believers, and that is for all those who are called by
His name to turn away from the evil of our ways and pray that God
will not remove His hand of protection and grace from upon this once
great nation of ours. “If my people, which are called by my
name,(Christians that’s you and me) shall humble themselves, and
pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways(that’s us,
we’re all sinners); then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive
their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14. Pray
people, pray without ceasing. “The effectual fervent prayer of a
righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16. My pastor
says instead of billions of bailout dollars being spent we should
send up billions of prayers. Let’s try that, and let’s try it now
before it’s too late.
The Final Messenger has come and gone, but He promised He would
return for His Church. Multitudes have rejected Him. Don’t be one of
those who’ve trampled on God’s only begotten Son. Don’t be one of
those who, through their own folly have rejected God’s free gift of
salvation. Jesus is patiently waiting and calling you. Don’t put God
through any more painful rejection by refusing to heed the words of
His Final Messenger. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
Those are the words of the Final Messenger.
America as a nation has rejected their Final Messenger. “What shall
therefore the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the
husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.” Mark