DOOMS DAY

I’m sure you’ve seen the posts declaring that if either Clinton or Trump is elected as the president of the United States it is all over for us as a country.  Of course, there have been the doomsday theorist as long as I can remember.  It changes with regard to what will bring it about but there are always people who believe one way to the degree that they think that if things don’t go the way they believe it should then it is the end of society as we know it.  It is amazing to me that the ones who prophesied doomsday with a previous election are still around to say it really is doomsday if we vote wrong this time.

Nations rise and nations fall, but it is seldom, if ever the politics of the nation that lead to its fall.  Sometimes nations are conquered by other nations that have become stronger or hungrier than them.  One lesson through the Old Testament is this, that every strong nation, eventually fell, but not because their military became weak.  They fell because they begin to think they were the ones who made themselves strong.  They forgot God and believed that their destiny was under their own control.  Assyria was a mighty nation, who conquered the northern tribes of Israel.  But it wasn’t because they were so strong.  It was because the sin of Israel were so great that God allowed the enemy to destroy them.  But it wasn’t long before Babylon the great destroyed Assyria and took on the mantle of the strongest nation of the time.  They were allowed by God to conquer the nation of Judah.  Again it wasn’t because they were so strong but because Judah had turned away from God and trusted in their own righteousness that they fell.  After seventy years God allowed the Medo-Persian Empire to conquer mighty Babylon.  Then the Greek Empire led by Alexander the Great conquered the world, but Rome followed and thought they were impregnable.  But Rome fell.  If you read the series of books called “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire” it becomes obvious the fall of Rome came from the inside as their morals fell apart, integrity died out and rulers thought they were gods to be worshipped.

I have no doubt this country, like others, will fall at some point.  But I don’t believe it will have anything to do with who wins or loses the coming election.  It will have to do with the heart of the nation.  It will relate to the people becoming so engrossed in their own pleasure that they stop caring for anyone other than themselves.  It will tie to the loss of faith in God who made us.  When faith in the Lord is lost, it doesn’t mean that people stop worshiping or stop putting their faith in some god.  It just means they replace the God of the Universe with a self-made god that has no power.  No matter how mighty the army may be if God turns his back on the nation it will crumble and fall.  If God is for us then what does it matter who is against us? I am not saying at all that the nation shouldn’t have strong armies to defend itself and help others who can’t defend themselves.  I’m just saying that no army can defend itself against the God of the Universe.  I’m far more concerned about the moral, spiritual, and lack of integrity problems of the present candidates than I am about their politics.  The leader of a country should be someone you can admire even if you disagree with them.  Neither of the present candidates have shown much to be admired.

My hope is that this nation will rise higher and stay longer than any other nation ever has. I think it matters who is elected as president.  But don’t put more eggs in that basket than it will hold.  The security of the nation will always be tied to the righteousness of the people.  When Jesus looked at the people and said, “You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses it’s taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?  It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” (Matthew 5:13)  Salt serves to both give taste and to preserve.  When the influence of Christians become so weak and tasteless in the world that they aren’t making a difference for good and God then the earth and all that is in it will be destroyed.  Why not put your interest in something that is really lasting and will make an eternal difference, instead of in something that will pass on rather quickly?

About leoninlittlerock

Preaching minister for Central church of Christ in Little Rock. Author of over 20 books including: When a Loved one Dies, Spiritual Development, Skid Marks on the Family Drive, Challenges in the church, To Know Christ and A Drink of Living Water.
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