One of the signs of vanity to my mind is the “scoffer”. The person who thinks that no matter what they do that either:
A: God doesn’t exist.
B: That He doesn’t care what we do, that He loves us and would never actually send judgement or put an end to our rebellion.
So when the people are killed by a hurricane, a tornado, an earthquake, a thunderstorm, a flood, or any “natural” disaster we call it a tragedy, and the scoffer steadfastly refuses to recognize it as a chastisement from God Himself. Why? Well, because God wouldn’t do that. He wouldn’t kill innocent people to punish a nation, right? We read in Jonah Chapter 4 that God notices them too:
So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
But we must also understand that God was also requiring Nineveh, a heathen city to repent or He would send judgement, innocent children not withstanding. Repentance was what saved Nineveh not the innocence of their children. A person might ask where I am going with this, what does this have to do with us?
Over 1.2 MILLION babies are being killed in this country every year. Now with the introduction and Supreme Court affirmation of “Obama-care” you will be required to underwrite the murder of those innocents. The Catholic Church is currently fighting to not have to participate in abortions directly, but the point is moot, taxpayer money is going to fund abortions. WE THE PEOPLE have taken to infanticide, it is no longer a “right” it is now our mandated responsibility to participate in infanticide as citizens of the USA. Do we think that God doesn’t have an opinion on this matter? Will He stand mute in the face of our wickedness, as we sacrifice our children on the altar of career, convenience and personal fulfillment? I hope not, for:
Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
God has chastened with weather in the past, He promised Israel that He would do so if they rebelled:
When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them; Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.
Does God use weather to call a nation to repentance? Or is is just man-made global warming? Is our sin burning coal or burning babies?
What kind of an event would be required to wake us up and get us to repent as a nation? Maybe a freak windstorm starting in Chicago and sweeping over the Capitol?
“Obama-care” wasn’t the only thing that started off in Chicago and landed in Washington, DC. How ironic it is that the day after it was determined to be the law of the land by all of the branches of our Government that a thing like this should happen. It must be a coincidence.
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