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Barrel over the falls

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.  (Rev 11:15)

The state of the American Republic is not encouraging to those who believe in Christian principles.  There’s a morality deficit bigger than Mr. Obama’s revenue shortfall.  One of the quotations most frequently circulating around the internet is this one:

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. – John Adams

The changes wrought in our country over the past couple of generations make us feel a little like the barrel is going over the falls.  Of course, looters feel like it’s Christmas time.  They have at last got a pickpocket government with their guy in the Oval Office and insuperable majorities in both houses of Congress.

Traditional political conservatives are distressed about the seeming irreversible nature of an establishment devoted to state larceny.  Christians are concerned about the wider moral issues and their long term effect.  On the level of mere pragmatism, how can a people with a kleptoid belief system possibly hope to succeed in life or to raise successful children?  But on the larger question of how civilizations are sustained, Christians are asking how a nation can hope for God’s mercies when the whole apparatus of governance defends or even demands violations of every one of the ten commandments.  Woe is us?

It’s not a new thing in the history of man for the wicked to gain control of the seat of government.  When they do, great nations can and do fall.  As Doug Wilson said somewhere, I love America as a native son, not as a devotee.  Naturally, as a son, I hate to see my coumtry giving itself over to a philosphy of morality and government which any dang fool can see is bound to fail, but it’s not as though my Redeemer has turned up in the morgue.

So let me leave you with a happy thought.  Jesus shall reign.  If America did plunge over the falls and get dashed to flinders on the rocks, my hopes will not be splintered along with her.  I’ve been all along looking for a city that’s got foundations, whose builder and maker is God, and it should be clear to everyone by now that Washington, D.C., never was that city.  That place is infested with enough evil that it needs to go down.

So, Christian brethren and sistren,  relax and savor the fact that your hope is in God Almighty who purchased the church with his own blood and gave us the communion of saints, forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.  Jesus shall reign where e’er the sun doth his successive journeys run, his kingdom spread from shore to shore, till moons shall wax and wane no more.

Some years ago as I was leaving a store, I got into my truck and rolled the window down only to hear the guy parked next to me try to start his car.  The car said, “Gru-u-unk… click, click, click, click, click.”  So I gave him a neighborly holler, “Hey buddy!  Sounds like your battery’s dead.  I’ve got jumper cables here in my truck.  Can I give you a boost?”  He replied, “No, thanks.  I just put a quart of oil in it, and it ain’t generatin’ yet.”  I said, “Okay!  See ya!”

We’ve noted many times here at AVFTA that a certain minimum level of morality and righteousness are preconditions for sustainable civilization.  Does the Secular Man know this, or is he not convinced that tweaking the dials on tax policy will eventually fix everything?  Would he believe it if you explained how things really are?  We know that there is no cure for his disease but repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ.  Would the Secular Man accept this, or wouldn’t he just pour another quart of immorality oil on the dead battery of his secular ethics and hope for the best?

The truth is that it’s his barrel going over the falls, not ours.  We have a kingdom which cannot be shaken and a King who has conquered death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.  The Secular Man has no kingdom but what flesh can stitch together, and that’s coming apart at the seams.  Maybe he’ll scramble around and piece it together one more time… or maybe not.  In the end, though, it can’t last.  Put your hope where it belongs, in a Savior who cannot fail, for he says, “They shall not be ashamed that wait for me.”  (Isa 49:23)  Yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not delay.

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