Most times that I write a post, I do not get really personal with my inner emotions. But with this one I must. First, I would ask that you read these verses:
“And God, turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment. He is especially hard on those who follow their own twisted sexual desire, and who despise authority. These people are proud and arrogant, daring even to scoff at supernatural beings without so much as trembling.” (2 Peter 2:6-10 KJV and NLT)
My soul has been vexed (sickened) for a long time with how this once great nation has whole heartedly grasped sin and debauchery and has slid deeper and deeper into it clutches.
Don’t get me wrong. Sin and debauchery have always been around. It used to be that you needed to go to the bad side of town to indulge in it. But it is not like that anymore. Now it is in your face no matter what direction you turn.
I was paging thru a month old Philadelphia newspaper today that I found laying around at work, and that was when the weight of this sexually depraved world knocked the wind out of me when I came across an advertisement for a play held at an Episcopal church. I had to quickly retreat to a place of solitude so no one would see the tears and sobs. What the real shame of it is, is that many who call themselves Christians today will label me judgmental and lacking in love. The advertisement is in the following PDF:
After I composed myself, I read an email from my CERT group (Civilian Emergency Response Team) that is under the federal government’s FEMA (branch of Homeland Security) which gave me the links to special training they wanted me to have on the Ebola situation and the Enterovirus-ED68 outbreak. I then decided to take a quick look at the BBC to see if there were any updates on the Ebola outbreak and I saw an article at the top of the news that further vexed my soul. It was an article on how the legalization of gay marriage is sweeping across the USA states. The article is in the following PDF:
Rebuff To Gay Marriage Opponents.PDF
When I look at the PDF’s along with the verses I quoted above from 2 Peter chapter 2 about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, I can’t help but think about when God might allow something to be unleashed upon us. If it’s not some form of disease like Ebola, what will it be? A dirty bomb by a terrorist group? A totally crippling natural disaster? Financial collapse?
Our legislators are passing laws that allow people to follow their twisted sexual desires. Legislation will soon be here to quench any righteous out cry against their grievous sins.
My heart cries out for this nation of lost souls that is sinking so fast, it almost seems like a nightmare I wish I could wake up from.
I feel torn between exemplifying the Fruit of the Spirit and weeping in my soul. Then the Lord brought me to these verses and refreshed my spirit:
“So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is! Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction. In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors. When you arise, O Lord, you will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning. Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” (Psalms 73:16-26 NLT)