January 17, 2017


In some cases, I find myself drawing parallels between Israel and America. As the world seems in disarray, I’m comforted to read about the relationship God has with nations while He seemingly works behind the scenes. There was a long time during the reign of Asa that Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach and without the law. Asa reformed Israel after being confronted by Azariah son of Obed and Chronicles records, “In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil. One nation was being crushed by another and one city by another, because God was troubling them with every kind of distress. But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded” (2 Ch15:5-7 NIV).

1 comment:

Steve Corey said...


-----One would think that knowing man to be a social creature would lead to more respect for such concepts as righteousness. Maybe it is that modern humanists, the brains of modern European Liberalism (which is the substance of the shaft of American Progressivism stuck through the heart of American liberty) really don’t understand what a social creature is. Social creatures don’t merely interact. They reflect each other. Then again, maybe they understand all too well and evil is too valuable as a goal achieving tool to let righteousness take hold in their society‘s interacting reflections. I’ve never seen such a place as America was becoming under Obama control where, “…the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Or at least, so it seemed.
-----”8When Asa heard these words, the prophecy of Azariah the son of Oded, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim, and he repaired the altar of the LORD that was in front of the vestibule of the house of the LORD.” ( Chronicles 15:8) Azariah told Asa that the Lord would be found if He was sought. “The Lord is with you while you are with Him.” (II Chron 15:2b) And if you forsake, He forsakes. In other words, God will be real with Judah. He will participate in their choice to reflect Him, or in the choice to reject Him.
-----Asa did right before the Lord and tore down the pillars and Asherim and took away the idols and their altars. He rebuilt the altar of the Lord. And with him, all the people together made a covenant to seek Lord, and that anyone who did not seek the Lord would be put to death. After twenty years of reprobate rule, the people were ready to reflect a godly leader.
-----Trump certainly talks like he is going to rebuild America’s greatness. But will he understand that America’s greatness was not its prosperous industry and wealth, it was its reflection of the goodness and decency of God, albeit a rather tarnished reflection. Will Trump tear down any of the Progressive altars? Will he remove the liberal pillars and Asherim from America’s high places? Or will he merely kick-start an economy? I think killing anyone who does not seek the Lord is quite a bit beyond our responsibility, but will we American people otherwise covenant to seek the Lord? Somehow, I have my doubts. I don’t think mankind has escalated his wickedness to the pinnacle of tribulation whereon he will understand the value of reflecting righteousness.

Love you all,
Steve Corey