Sin is not only Transgression against the Law [1John 3:4] and the Lord [Psalms 51:4], but also against our Land
[Leviticus 18:1-5;22-28]. The Lord had given Israel a land flowing with milk and honey, but it was also a land filled with pollution and practices of the vile, perverted pagans who had inhabited the land. The Lord told His people to destroy these pagans and to rid the land of the pagans and their practices, and for the most part they did so. When they had conquered and settled the land they had a wonderful and pure place to live and to raise their children, free from filth and vice. The Lord had ordered them not to disobey His Word and Sin, because in doing so they would once again pollute and defile their land. Sadly, they did not heed the Lord’s warning, and in later years the land once again became a cesspool of iniquity. They had sinned against the land as had the pagans that had inhabited the land before them. This sin would cause the Lord to shut up the heavens and cut off the former and latter rains, creating droughts and barren land where there had once been green pastures and bountiful crops. This sin would bring disease and plagues where there once had been health and longevity of life. This sin would bring war and the land would be forced to drink the blood of its people as well as it foreign foes. They had sinned against their land.
When a people Sin, they Sin against their Land. We bring poverty where there has been plenty. We bring natural disasters where there had once been the smile of heaven. We bring war and blood where there had once been peace and prosperity. We bring disease where there had once been health, we fill our cities and streets with crime and vice in the place of wholesome and peaceful neighborhoods. We transgress against our land.
This is what has happened to our Land. I grew up in an America that is nothing like the America we have today. AIDS was never heard of. Terrorist Attacks on our mainland was thought to be impossible. Wars were always fought on foreign soil, not upon ours. Our women and children could walk our streets at night without fear of being mugged or maimed. We were a Nation that offered the American Dream for all who would apply themselves. We were the land of opportunity and plenty, but that day has long since passed us by.
Now our children are inheriting an American Nightmare. They are growing up in a land where they are not even safe in their own homes. They never know when some drug crazed addict will attack or kill them for the money in their pockets to get another fix. They have to fear catching a deadly STD, they have to fear for their lives when they go to school. They never know if they are going to be a victim of a terrorist attack in our own cities. They cannot even turn on the television without being exposed to filth and vulgarity. They cannot take a drive on our highways without having to worry about the dozens of drunk drivers they will meet on the road. They now have a land of poverty and debt. They now have a national debt that has increased from 200 Billion in 1984 to 14 Trillion in 2011. We have sinned against our land and are now living in the midst of a moral cesspool, streets that look more like a jungle after dark than civilization.
Much of this has happened as a result of the “Church’s Contamination.” We have become defiled by sin and are no longer the Salt and Light to our nation. If the Church is ever to have True Revival and regain our influence and moral authority within our nation, we must first become more concerned with the Sin that is WITHIN US than the SIN that is AROUND US!!
Much of this has also happened as the result of the “Church’s Toleration.” We have not only been guilty of sin within us, but we have also been too accepting of allowing sin around us. We don’t go to the polls to vote against gambling, alcohol, lottery, or any other vice. We have had a SO WHAT attitude towards sin for so long, that sin has become like a Cancer that has went unchecked and spread through our land, putting us at death’s door. “Woe to Them That Are At Ease in Zion.” [Amos 6:1]
When we do go to the polls we often shut our eyes to a candidate’s godless lives and beliefs if he promises to make us more prosperous. These same politicians have gone to Washington and have passed evil decrees, calling evil good and good evil. They legalize homosexuality and Gay Marriage, they promote gambling for the money it brings them, using the Prostitute’s excuse for doing so; “I DO IT FOR THE MONEY, I NEED THE MONEY.”
Christians must see that to be tolerant of sin is defiling and destroying our land. [1 Corinthians 5:6] “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” For me, the Homosexual does not have the RIGHT to Marry, to Adopt Children, to Teach Our Kids, To Hold Our Offices. The Abortionist does not have the right to soil the land with the blood of millions of innocent babies, this defiles the land where I live; it defiles the land for which I went to War as a youth, to protect our way of life for future generations. It defiles and destroys the land my kids and grand-kids and yours, will have to grow up in. They have no more right to do that with their SIN and evil than they would to make their front yard a junk yard if they were my next door neighbor. In America it is against the Law for anyone to make an eyesore of our highways by throwing their trash along the side of the road. We call that Littering and a Crime. In God’s eyes it is even more criminal to Litter our Nation with the Immoral Trash and filth that is being tossed out upon our land day in and day out. We have made our Nation in which we live a garbage dump of evil, it has become an eyesore to our God, a stench in His nostrils, and cause for His Judgment and disfavor. We need to clean up our Nation and that Clean Up must begin in the House of God. [1 Peter 4:17] “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the House of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God?” [2Chronicles 7:14] “If My people, who are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” [Proverbs 14:34] “Righteousness exalteth a Nation, but SIN is a reproach to any people.”
1Corinthians 2:2; 2Corinthians 4:5
Thanks for your stand on righteousness Jack! I know sometimes as preachers we get to thinking, is there anyone else out there preaching it? Is there anyone else who sees and understands the peril? I’m convinced God has a faithful few that are and will sound the trumpet with greater intensity as the Day Of The Lord approaches. I believe God has prepared a few good men for “such an hour as this.”
Thanks for the encouraging words. Keep up the good fight.