Okay, I've seen a number of threads here asking "What should I do?" referring to some problem or another. A lot of the answers are passive, effectively telling the asker to rely on God and explaining how helpless we are without him. Somebody is looking for a spouse - they are told be patient and wait. Somebody else wants a new job, they are just told to pray and wait for God to answer. Somebody else may have a problem with addiction. They are told that they can't succeed through their own efforts, instead they should just ask God. But is that what God really wants? It seems to me to be a lazy and irresponsible way to live your life.
Throughout the OT we read of God asking the Jews to do something. For example, when we expects the Jews to fight their enemies, he actually asks them to do it. He doesn't just say "sit back lads and leave it to me" and then go on a fire and thunder spree while the Jews just sit back and watch. He expects them to get involved through their own efforts. He just promises them victory and tells them that he has their backs. In other words, if they try, he will take care of the rest.
Should we not do that? Does God not want us to develop our characters through our own efforts?
Is there not a time when we are ever expected to just get up and do things for ourselves, using of course the talents and skills that God gave us in the first place?
"My anger burns against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders; for the LORD Almighty will care for his flock, the people of Judah, and make them like a proud horse in battle."
- Zech 10:3
Many good and sincere posts have been written here, but I submit that the true problem in America is not with those who try however haltingly to remedy their lives before God, but the lack of true dedicated shepherds. Nearly all of them have become corrupted by money, false gospels or fear of awakening the wrath of society against them for attempts at evangelism. Entire Protestant denominations have blasphemed the Bible and the true gospel, betraying the true faith for the sake of political expediency.
"If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that their very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it."
- Charles Finney
It is written that judgment begins in the house of the Lord. If what is written in the Bible is true, then those who are responsible for the care and feeding of the flock of Jesus Christ are most wickedly courting the judgments of the Almighty. They fly in the face of God Himself with their debauched gospels, their preaching of prosperity first and their embrace of one of the most hated sexual depravities spoken of in the Bible.
"There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the biggest reason America is in the mess that it's in today is directly due to the apathy and indifference of the American pulpit."
- Chuck Baldwin
The fires of hell are burning today and ready to receive not misbehavior, but those who commit it.
GOD HATES SINNERS. HE HATES THEM WITH A TERRIBLE WRATH.
It is not some abstract behavior that will be cast into the lake of fire - it will be SINNERS.
Judgment is operating even now, but in the incredible mercy of God forgiveness is also offered in the person and blood of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the good news that despite the hatred of those who sin, God offers redemption and forgiveness.....but it is a message that MUST be transmitted to the world.
To their shame our preachers have bleached the gospel, the Biblical warning and Our Lords incredible offer of peace and mercy.
The truth is too hard for our churches to bear today.
It is a message born of warning and a present and real offering of mercy. Eternal damnation awaits those who have expressed their hatred of God continually and shamelessly in our streets and in our faces. Preachers who have sold their souls to the devil shall reap the reward of their treason in their own flesh. Watch and learn, pilgrim.
Judgment begins in the house of God and if Christians don't get on their knees and put away pet sins and flirtations with the devil, THEY shall be the first to feel the wrath of God against them. They shall not suffer hell as the wicked do, but they shall learn a terrible lesson of the PERMANENCE of the wrath of God. Why test him? Why fly in His face? It is time to repent. The end is nearly upon us and no church membership card is fire proof.
REPENT while you have time, for there is not much left to us. The mercy of God is still offered.
Escape the wrath which even now is being poured out upon us.
IF GOD DOES NOT JUDGE AMERICA, HE WILL HAVE TO APOLOGIZE TO SODOM AND GOMORRAH.
and that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...