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A View from the Altar / We need repentance
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We need repentance

by Jack Brooks

2009 was a pretty bad year for most people. We need to turn to God for 2010.

Slack loan procedures, fired by rampant greed, mixed with wrong-headed social philosophies, excused and ignored by our elected officials until it was too late, and paid for with our money, knocked over this brittle house of cards we called the American economy. Like one drunkard leaning heavily upon another, and the first drunk in line falling down, the whole conga-line fell forward in a resounding crash. Credit evaporated, and the phony nature of the U.S.’ insanely over-leveraged prosperity was exposed. Someone should force the entire Federal Government through Dave Ramsey’s basic course on money-management. A new generation of American Christians were starting to get the junk-monkey addiction off their backs, and get on board the Frugality Train, but it was too late.

God inflicted on us a President of no accomplishment, whose religious mentor is a ragingly racist Marxist, a man who spent most of his congressional career ducking leadership by voting “present”, and contradicts his own smooth assurances at every turn — often in the same sentence. Since our economic wreckage was caused by reckless debt, this President decided the answer must be trillions more in reckless debt (paid for by the Communist Chinese). The party in power took off after more power like starving wolves catching scent of a flock of geese. The Stimulus Slush Fund is being used to pay off the President’s backers (a study released this week shows that twice as much money is being funneled to districts belonging to the President’s party), when it’s not being spent on useless things like a university’s study of the sex lives of rats (I am not joking).

Politics are the civic face of a man’s gods. Socialism is dictatorship. Progressivism is hatred of Christianity and of Christianity’s God. Our political leaders are God’s punishment on us for our sins. The answer to this punishment will not be more politics. You can’t cure alcoholism with the hair of the dog that bit you. Read the prophets — God punished Israel by taking away leading men of wisdom, sobriety, and piety, and replacing them with women, children, brutes, and drunks. Read Jeremiah 18. We need as a nation to repent of our sins and come to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through Jesus Christ, starting with the President, but including both sides of the aisle.

That repentance also needs to happen in the American evangelical church. To repent of the Prosperity Gospel, repent of the Word-Faith heresy, and of our hyper-Arminian enthronement of ourselves as kings and queens of God’s universe. We are in terrible shape! Just in the last few years, the president of the National Association of Evangelicals had to step down because of homosexual sin and drug use! Unbelievable! The Manhattan Declaration throws away the Gospel, which is the theology of the reformation, in the name of social issues. According to pod-cast statistics, the most listened-to preacher in America is Joel Osteen. Rick Warren called us to join hands and hearts with the Christ-denying modernists of the old, mainline denominations, in the name of social work.

Thank God that he is raising up alternative leaders, many from the Reformed movement, and many in the Bible-believing branch of the emerging (i.e., next-generation) church. We don’t need more ecclesiastical sell-outs to modernity or post-modernity. We need brave men who believe the Bible, accurately interpret it with intelligence and without fanaticism, and who then teach it without calibrating the content of what they say to fit a demographic survey, or to keep the tepid leaders of the 1980’s generation happy.

One Comment

  1. donald

    Nicely stated.

    Posted on 02-Jan-10 at 2:18 am | Permalink

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