I originally posted this on September 23, 2005 it’s still accurate.
Make no mistake about it, God is not going to hold this country guiltless. The United states is in big trouble for it’s shedding of innocent blood. Peering through the pages of the Old Testament we’re tempted to declare that we don’t recognize that Old God because the OT appears to be so full of judgment. That merely displays our ignorance.
The Old testament tells a long story of continuous rebellion. And it tells the story of a merciful God pleading for centuries like a parent pleads with his children for His people to repent. Ultimately they would not choose obedience and they had to be punished. First the nation of Israel and then the southern nation of Judah were utterly destroyed, leveled to the ground.It was the particular nature of their disobedience that caused such a terrible end.
Jeremiah recounts the reasons in the 19th chapter. Jeremiah 19:3-6 3
“…Hear the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “Behold I am about to bring a calamity upon this place, at which the ears of everyone that hears of it will tingle. “Because they have forsaken Me and have made this an alien place and have burned sacrifices in it to other gods, that neither they nor their forefathers nor the kings of Judah had ever known, and because they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, a thing which I never commanded or spoke of,nor did it ever enter My mind; therefore, behold, days are coming,”declares the LORD, “when this place will no longer be called Topheth or the valley of Ben-hinnom, but rather the valley of Slaughter.”
Shedding innocent blood is mentioned quite prominently in the sins of Israel that brought about their deportation to Babylon in 586 BC. In fact it was Manasseh’s shedding of innocent blood which was one of the key issues for which Judah was punished (2Kings 21:14-16; 24:4).As I understand it, the worship of Baal involved placing a living infant on a red hot altar and burning it to death, it was tilted backwards so that if the child squirmed or rolled he would actually roll straight into the fire itself.How barbaric that a people would practice child sacrifice! What mind altering evil could justify the brutal and painful murder of a child?
We don’t have to search all that far for the answer. Why do people abort their children? Because they aren’t wanted. Because it’s not a convenient time. Because they don’t want the hassle of one with special needs. Because they wanted a boy or a girl instead. Because they can. There are cases where women are forced to abort by others, but let’s focus on the choosers.
Be certain of this. God has been amazingly patient with America. But for how much longer will he wait before he punishes this nation as we deserve for all of the innocent blood we have shed? I can only pray and confess this nations sin, and plead for God to be merciful. But unless the deeds of this nation begin to change, I fear the judgement of God that is coming.
Three reasons are given for God’s judgement on his special people –Israel:
1. They failed to cleanse themselves of the godless people around them.
2. They learned to worship all the false gods of the nations around them (Diversity anyone?)
3. They murdered their own children.
They did not destroy the peoples, As the LORD commanded them,But they mingled with the nations And learned their practices, And served their idols, Which became a snare to them. They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons, And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood. Thus they became unclean in their practices, And played the harlot in their deeds. Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against His people And He abhorred His inheritance. Then He gave them into the hand of the nations, And those who hated them ruled over them.” Psalm 106:34-41
Of course, America – while founded on the foundations of the scriptures– is NOT God’s chosen people. America is not living under the OT covenant. But the standards of righteousness which are evident in the Law are being intentionally broken by this nation. Be certain of this, God will not hold a nation guiltless when the blood of innocent children runs in the streets.
Oh, may it be that God will mercifully send his Spirit upon our nation in a move of Revival. May He convict our nation of Sin and righteousness according to his mercy. But if He does not, I fear. I fear the judgement of God. May he have mercy on this land.
LORD, I have heard the report about You and I fear. O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years, In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2)
Cref: Deut. 19:10, 13; 21:8f; 1 Sam. 19:5; 2 Sam.3:28; 2 Ki. 21:16; 24:4; Ps. 106:38; Prov. 1:11; 6:17; Isa. 59:7; Jer.7:6; 19:4; 22:3, 17; 26:15; Joel 3:19; Jon. 1:14; Matt. 27:4, 24; Acts 20:26
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