Have We Lost Our Fear of God?
It is painful to watch our nation go from nobly pledging “one nation under God” to demonstrating we are really just “one nation ignoring God.” What is more horrible is the condoning of abortion and the support of gay marriages or the homosexual lifestyle. Maybe what is really frightfully sobering is to see members of the Church demonstrating the same “ignoring-God” mindset. It is not that they would openly condone a homosexual agenda or participate in abortion protests. It is the loss of honoring God reverently.
There is no clearer example of this than when a Christian places economic strategies and party politics above the Word of God by casting their influence in a manner that would support both abortion and homosexuality.
God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for their practice of homosexuality. We all know there is no sinless city or nation, but God sent brimstone and fire only upon Sodom and Gomorrah. Surely the message is clear. Some sins are so grievous as to cause the Lord to act in a swift and severe manner (Genesis 19). Have we forgotten God determines the times and the bounds of our habitation, and He also sets up kingdoms and takes down kingdoms (Acts 17:26)? It would appear we have forgotten. How else could we cast our influence in such a way as to ask God to come in judgment against our own nation?
Do we believe God no longer works in the world today? God forbid! Do we now believe God has repented from destroying Sodom and Gomorrah? Do we believe God loves our nation more than He loves His own will? Just because there are so-called Christians that place temporal things above the eternal purpose of God does not mean God is going to move heaven and earth for our own shortsightedness. How can the Christian knowingly give his influence in support of killing innocent babies and not expect to be held accountable?
The apostle Paul did not stone Stephen, but was held accountable for casting his vote against him and holding the coats of those that did stone him (Acts 7:58-8:1; 26:10). In the Old Testament, there were those that killed innocent children by burning them in offering unto Molech. That horrible practice is no worse than the practice of abortion where supposed doctors jab sharp vacuum hoses into the base of the head of babies and suck their brains out as they are being born. Nor is it worse than any of the other forms of abortion where essentially the baby is chopped up into pieces and then reassembled on the operating table to make sure they got all of the pieces of the baby for the health of other humans needing a certain kind and amount of cells.
Leviticus 20:4,5 says, “And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off...” God not only required the deaths of those who practiced such, he also cut off those who willingly hid their eyes from those who did it. Somehow we think we can get by when we hide our eyes from abortion when we cast our lot for those who believe in such. What does it mean to be “cut off” from God? Can we be saved without God?
In Exodus 1:16-21, when the ing of Egypt commanded midwives to kill the male children as they were born, the midwives did not because they feared God and God blessed them because of it. Will God not bless us if we show proper fear of Him? Would we need not become greater in character because we choose to support life rather than death?
God determines the times and the bounds of our habitation (Acts 17:26). He gives power to the nations (Romans 13:1). What the Lord has given, the Lord can take away. We are stewards of what God has given us and as stewards we shall give an account unto the Lord. “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2). Proverbs 14:34 states, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Either we believe God still works and blesses us or we do not. If we do not believe, then we fall short of Hebrews 11:6 which states, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
When we lose the fear of God, we lose everything. Ecclesiastes 12:13 says fearing God is the whole of man. This is our main objective in life. Few even have the fear the thief on the cross had just before his death, who rebuked the other thief when he railed against Christ in Luke 23:39-40. How can we feel justified in our religion when a condemned criminal shows more faith and fear than we do?
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:26-31). The devils tremble with fear (James 2:19). Their fate is sealed, but we seem to have lost the ability to tremble and our eternal destiny hangs in the balance!
If we do not love the truth enough to allow it to alter our lives, what will we do more than unbelievers? We cannot profess to know God but deny Him in works (2 Thessalonians 2:101-12; Titus 1:16). Therefore, we should retain God in our knowledge while we have the ability to help ring about righteousness lest God give us up to a reprobate mind (Romans 1:28). We need to hear the conclusion of the matter in Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 one more time .