Everywhere I go these days, I hear more and more talk about God and America. I hear people who, proportedly claim to be Christians, bemoaning the demise of a supposedly Christian entity called the United States of America. I hear reports of “so called” Christians doing vile things such as picketing the funeral of a fallen soldier. They hold signs with slogans such as:’ This is God’s judgement on America!” and “God hates Fags!”. You know what God really hates? He hates being misrepresented. He hates people behaving disrespectfully toward each other. He hates it when people who claim to be His people conduct themselves in poor taste and without consideration of other peoples feelings. He hates it when people don’t have enought love in their heart to let someone else grieve in peace.
The instance to which I am refering is now before the Supreme Court of the United States. Simply because the “church”( which really isn’t, its the Synagogue of Satan) is conducting itself in a manner that is both dishonorable to God and an embarrasment to His Kingdom. Christ’s Kingdom is not of this world, as He said. He also said not to be afraid because; He has overcome the world. These screaming people don’t want God to judge the world (or America) because, the really don’t want His Kingdom to come like the say in worship services every Sunday. They want to keep their life, their 21st century American life, the one that they think is so Godly. The life that Paul describes as being worldly. You know, the love of the world and the things of the world, poliltics, economics, patriotic fervor, etc, etc,etc. By the way, if that last statement ruffles your feathers, I’m not knocking patriotic people. I think its an honorable thing to serve, and love your country. I’m greatful I live in America. However, love of God and your neighbor should come first. A big part of that love includes accurately representing his heart for his creation.
So, what does all this have to do with the rise and fall of the Roman Empire? I thought the parallels would be obvious. However, for the purpose of clairity I will explain my position furthur. God used the commerce, literacy and far reaching power of the Roman Empire as a vehicle to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through out the known world of Europe and the Mediterrean during the first, second, and third centuries C.E. Then in arrogance the Romans perverted that Gospel and replaced it with one of their own. ( see www.churchhistoryforeveryman.com and www.therestoftheoldoldstory.com ). An insult which God promptly judged by overthrowing the Roman Empire. He destroyed them politically, economically, and militarially. (I didn’t mention morallity because I don’t think the worlds morallity can be destroyed: it has none.) Is this not the same senario being played out in this country? People who claim to love God really need to wake up to the fact that the American Gospel is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Look at what many American Christians believe and practice, then compare that to what most 1st and 2nd century C.E. Christians believed and practiced. I believe you will see a vast contrast. God has used the commerce, literacy, and far reaching power of America to spread the Gospel of Christ through out the world. However, over time the Gospel of Jesus Christ has become the American Gospel. Oh, I’m sorry. What is the American Gospel? A part of it might be: money solves your problems and you can legislate morality because a new heart takes too long. Oh, yeah and those arguements about church and state……perhaps conservative evengelicals really need to reconsider their position before they alienate anyone else from God. Jesus isn’t a Republican, or a Democrat, or even American. His only affiation was with His Father, and still is. His warning to all generations was: ” If you love anything more than me you are not worthy of me.” Think about it.
By the way, people who love and act out of love for one another, are born of God and know God, because God is Love 1John4:7,8. Can any rational person claim that carrying a sign that says” God hates fags” to a funeral where people are grieving a lost loved one is acting out of love???