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GAL 6:7, ROM 6:23 JUNE, 2007
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
SUBJECT PAYBACK IS *&%#&&$!! [PART 2]
Last month, I started what appeared to be an endless diatribe about our position on the war in Iraq, and the reaction of many in this nation, especially those that many of them look to as leaders, from politicians, to clergy, both black and white, for some sort of direction.
And, as I went on, and on about the ignorance that these leaders show themselves to be full of, one would ask, 'What does all of this have to do with the subject verses, and title??'
Well, I am about to tell you.
I ended the message with the following statements, 'Most of the American public, led by these preachers, and politicians, would rather die, than repent of anything. You, and they, would rather experience God's wrath. And, as long as you can blame the Republicans, and the religious right, for your problems, you feel no guilt, at all.'
Well, if there is no repentance, then, there is payback.
Throughout the bible, the one central theme, that is presented again and again, is the fact that, God hates sin, and has set in motion, forces, to deal with it.
First, there is a means to escape His wrath, and that is by repentance, which today, can only come by putting our faith in Jesus Christ, and His shed Blood.
Putting our faith In Christ, means that we no longer, put our faith in anyone, or anything but Him. Not momma, not daddy, no brother or sister, or any man or woman, especially not even our own selves.
Because we are all imperfect, and are like sheep, which are known as the dumbest animals on this earth. Just like sheep will follow anyone that steers them, right in to slaughter
But, God, in His great mercy, does all that He can legally do, to keep us from destroying ourselves.
However, there is only so much He can do, seeing that He has limited Himself to His own Word, which is infallible.
Yet, we tend to think that if He is really a God of Love, He will violate His own Word, just to keep us from Hell.
That brings me to the other side of the coin.
The second way He deals with it, is through punishment.
If you want to keep going against His Word, then, as the subject scriptures say above, there is a price to pay, and friend, it isn't pleasant. In fact, it is down right fearful.
To continually go against God's Word, is to, in reality, mock Him. That means, you don't really believe He will do anything to you for your disobedience. But, He has another Word for you, besides the two scriptures above, and that is found in Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
That is a warning that we all must heed. God is not just blowing smoke.
Last month I mentioned how king Nebuchadnezzar, after God has blessed him to be as great as he was, took it upon himself, to, in effect rob God of the glory, by proclaiming that he, Nebuchadnezzar, had done it all, through his own power.
And, what was God's response??
He took the kingdom from him, and made him lose his mind, and become as a wild animal, living in the wilderness. [You can read the story in Dan 4:30 37]
If you will notice, he was restored, when after a season, he repented.
What happened to him, is just a small example of what God can do to someone, without destroying them.
Fast forward to today, and look at the condition of America, and what we are doing. We are doing the very same thing, Nebuchadnezzar did, and that is, stealing God's glory, and mocking Him.
Because when things are going good for us, we have no time for God. We sit back and say, it is because of our own intelligence, and ingenuity, that we have what we have. The idea of someone giving thanks to God, in most of our eyes, is a little extreme. When things start going bad, then, we want to blame someone else, for our problems, like the Republicans, Bush, or the religious right.
Now, to show you the absolute lunacy that pervades most of this nation, in regards to the war in Iraq, which I eluded to last month, think about this.
We have lost about 3200 military and other personnel in that war, and over one hundred thousand more wounded, and disfigured for life, and we are in an outrage, claiming that that is too many lives being lost, to a senseless battle that many claim is for oil.
Then we say, that we are murdering terrorists, and Iraqi's, to the tune of over 100 thousand.
Well, think about this for a minute. In 1972, the Supreme Court, legalized abortion, that to date, has claimed 1.5 million innocent lives a year, for a total of about 51 million innocent lives, just so women, can have the right to abort an unwanted child, that may be an inconvenience to them. Of this number, rape, incest, saving the life of the mother, and possibly an unborn child, that has no chance at life because of some problem in their development, all totalled, only account for 10 percent of all these abortions.
So what are the other 90 percent for?? The inconvenience to a woman that is married, committing adultery, or a single woman committing fornication, and they want to hide the affair.
You see, women, seeing men, playing the field, and cheating on their wives, could get away with it, because, there was little evidence of their deeds, to prove they were doing anything wrong.
So women, figured they could do the same thing, seeing that they wanted to prove they could do anything the man could do. But, there was a problem. The woman, ran the risk of getting pregnant. And, if she was married to, or going with a man that was unable to have kids, and she came up pregnant, then there would be a big problem. The baby would be the evidence against her. So this is what fueled the push for abortion rights.
However, the bible tells us, that God, is forming that child in the womb of the woman, and to abort it, is to literally slap God in the face, and tell Him, that you will not carry this child, because you have more important issues to be concerned with.
Now, think about this. Just because you have sex, without any means of protection, does not mean you will get pregnant. That is up to God. Therefore, if God sees fit for you to have a child, then, He has a purpose for it.
The bible is full of examples of women that had children because of rape and incest, and the child became someone important in history. I would guess, if Mary, had become pregnant in this day and time, women would have urged her to have an abortion.
The bottom line is, we have all these diseases, and problems in this nation, and the world, that we are steadily seeking solutions for. And sometimes, we pray to God, for the answer. Well, God showed me something years ago. He showed me that He was setting things in motion for children to come in to this world, that would be the ones to discover the solutions to these issues, but, they were aborted before they got here. And as a result, millions of people have died of diseases, that go uncured, and others are starving, homeless, jobless, and you name it, because of abortion.
God's payback is *&%#&&$!! This is because, He will not let those that are already with us, to discover what He has preordained someone else to discover. We are spending billions of dollars for research to find cures, and just can't seem to get the right handle on it. Why??
God's payback is *&%#&&$!!
Now this is something that any preacher, that knows their God, should be telling you. But they aren't. Why?? Because they don't really know Him. They just know, about Him. Yet, they are the ones that most of you listen to.
Next, we have the flap over statements that were made by talk show jock, Don Imus, and the response of many preachers in the black community.
Black leaders, including many black preachers, were outraged over a white man calling some young black college women, on a basketball team, 'nappy headed hoes!!'
The outrage was because, in these black leaders' minds, it was racist, and even more than that, disrespectful of our black women. And these preachers, led by Rev. Al Sharpton, pressured the networks, to drop Imus' show, and fire him, which, after a few weeks, they did. This is even after Imus apologized.
But, there is a problem.
Black rappers have, for over 5 years, called our black women, worse things than this, and you hardly heard a peep out of these same leaders. In fact, when preachers, of what is known as the religious right, spoke against this foolishness, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and others defended them [the rappers.] They chose rather to blame to record companies, for pressuring the rappers to put those lyrics out there, saying that they can't make any money unless they use them.
What ever happened to respect??
If we, as a black community, won't respect ourselves, and our black women, then how in the world, do we think that someone outside of our community can be forced to respect them, or us??
These preachers, sowed the seeds, watered the soil, to help grow the mess we have today, then when it gets out of the box, they want to cry foul.
Well, too bad.
Most of us know the scripture that says, Mat 7:3-5 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Yet, somehow, these preachers don't get it.
Not to mention this. I mentioned that Imus apologized [repented] for his comments, yet these black preachers still wanted his head. Maybe they should remember something that Jesus said. Mat 6:14-15 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
So, in the midst of this, what did God do?? He showed the hypocrisy of these black preachers, when others started asking, 'What is the difference in what Imus said, and what these rappers do, everyday??'
Now these same preachers are in a real pickle. They are now being forced to face their own hypocrisy, and go, not after the record companies only, but the rappers as well. And the rappers aren't going to sit still for it. After all, they are making millions of dollars, for selling us out, and our black women, with what was these same preachers' blessing.
And besides. The way they feel, is that they are being 'dissed' by these same leaders, who, in the past, showed up on their awards shows, invited them in to their churches to sing with the choir, and spoke highly about them in the community.
All of this, because God, has a way to, when someone makes Him look bad, He turns it around on them, and makes them look like who they really are, the blind, leading the blind.
Many of these rappers, tend to think, the only way the heat is being brought on them, is because of the white community's outrage over Imus' firing. All of this, because preachers didn't nip it in the bud, when it first reared its head.
And they are feeling the heat because of it.
God's payback is *&%#&&$!!
Finally, the massacre at Virginia Tech.
Here we had a disturbed young man, who, by all accounts, was a loner, and that had a history of mental problems, most of which, were not immediately known, snapping one day, and killing 31 fellow students, teachers, and wounding others, before taking his own life.
And there is outrage about the fact that this young man, was allowed to purchase two guns, and go on this rampage that spanned several hours. What was even more ominous, was video recordings he made, about why he was doing what he was doing.
Now, there is a lot that could be said about what he had to say, but that is not the issue I want to focus on here.
What I want to focus on here, is the apparent lunacy, that passes for intelligent thinking, throughout the general public, being led, once again, by these same leaders, and preachers.
The first thing that comes out of their mouths is, 'gun control.' Their idea is, if we could get the guns out of everyone's hands, then somehow, all of this violence would stop.
But, as it has been argued, and proven to be absolutely true, is that, if, in this case, more people had been armed, then this young man, would have been stopped far quicker, than when he stopped himself.
If you want to look at what happens when you take guns away from the general public, all you have to do, is go back to Nazi Germany, when Hitler did it. Then, the state, became the criminal.
What does the bible have to say about us having weapons??
You will have to wait until next month for the answer.