Devotional Thought for Today – 05/04/2021

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

2 Chronicles 7

As always context is here is so important. The immediate context of v.14 tells us that King Solomon has finished the Temple and the fact that God will send judgment upon the land in the form of drought, locusts, or pestilence for their disobedience. God hears Solomon’s prayer but gives him this dire warning of the consequences of continued rebellion, v.12-14.

God’s promise of restoration v.14, is offset with ongoing warnings in verses 19-22 for abandoning the law, seeking and worshipping false idols. The consequences of which are so grave, that not only will the temple be forsaken but the people of Israel will be ridiculed among the nations; I will cast this house, which I have consecrated for My Name, out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and an object of scorn among all nations (AMP).

So the question becomes can this text be rightly applied to America today?

My answer is yes, under certain very specific parameters:

  • If my people,NO, we are not as a nation God’s chosen people, No, we were not founded as a Christian Nation (I would be happy to discuss this), Yes, we were however clearly founded upon Judeo- Christian principles, that we as a nation have forsaken.
  • which are called by my name, – God does not call all citizens of America His children as were the those of the Nation of Israel. However, Pew Research as of 2019 shows 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians. That is 213.2 million Americans.
  • shall humble themselves, The first requirement for Israel back in the time of Solomen and for America today is proclaiming for Christians must humble themselves all other actions fall short.
  • and pray, and seek my face, – Next, Christians need to be in an attitude and altitude of prayer. Just as God told Solomon here, the only way one can hope to forestall the Lord’s righteous judgment is to earnestly seek Him in prayer.
  • and turn from their wicked ways; – Finally, we must Repent, obviously for our own sins of commission and omission, but also for the sins of the nation as a whole.
  • then will I hear from heaven, – God promises to hear the prayers of the righteous.
  • and will forgive their sin, – God promises to forgive the sins of the truly repentant.
  • and will heal their land. – God promised to heal the land of Israel, but as we know from history they were overrun many times and still to this day live in turmoil. Here in America are praying for revival, for the end to abortion, for the destruction of anti-Christian enemies, etc. I pray more “Christians” would Humble, Seek, Pray and Repent before the Sovereign God of all creation. Imagine if all 213.2 Million had the same goal to Make America MORAL Again.

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Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible

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Repentance According to the Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 7:14 …

Boy Scouts: A great organization until bankrupted by leadership moral failure

I was a cub and boy scout long ago, and I am sad to see this once proud organization disintegrate into such a disgraceful state. We highly recommend those who are seeking the kind of leadership and morals that the BSA once stood for contact Trail Life USA mentioned at the end of this article.

American Minute with Bill Federer

On February 18, 2020, CNN reported “Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy. Hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits are now on hold”:
“The youth organization, which celebrated its 110th anniversary February 8, listed liabilities of between $100 million and $500 million … The bankruptcy filing comes at a time when the organization faces hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, thousands of alleged abuse victims, and dwindling membership numbers.”

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All that is necessary for evil to triumph

American Minute with Bill Federer

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” –Edmund Burke, on the French Revolution

 Edmund Burke is considered the most influential orator in the British House of Commons in the 18th century.

Born January 12, 1729, one of his first notable writings was an anonymous publication A Vindication of Natural Society, 1756, which was a satirical criticism of the deism promoted by Lord Bolingbroke:

“Seeing every mode of religion attacked in a lively manner, and the foundation of every virtue, and of all government, sapped with great art and much ingenuity …  the same engines which were employed for the destruction of religion, might be employed with equal success for the subversion of government.”

Burke criticized how a deist “every day invents some new artificial rule.” 

He described the “unalterable relations which Providence has ordained that everything should bear to every other. These relations, which are truth itself, the foundation of virtue, and consequently, the only measures of happiness.”

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Wanted: An Honest Debate About the Death Penalty

First, I must as a self proclaimed Christian look at any and all issues from a biblical perceptive. To do otherwise is to say I do not put God first. So what does the Bible say about the Death penalty:

Genesis 9:6 (KJV)Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. It is here the Biblical principle of the Death Penalty is established and never revoked in the biblical text. Note God establishes this not as a DETERENT but as PUNISHMENT

Exodus 21:23-25 (AMP) But if there is any further injury, then you shall require [as a penalty] life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. Punishment must fit the crime. 

Num. 35:30  ‘If anyone kills a person [intentionally], the murderer shall be put to death on the testimony of [two or more] witnesses; but no one shall be put to death on the testimony of [only] one witness. It must be noted that in every case it was a person guilty of what we today call Capital Murder  and intent must be proven beyond ALL DOUBTS.

Numbers 35:22-24 ‘But if he pushed the victim suddenly, not in enmity, or threw anything at him without malicious intent, 23 or without seeing him hit him [accidentally] with a stone object that could kill him, and he died, and [the offender] was not his enemy nor intending to harm him, 24 then the congregation shall judge between the offender and the blood avenger according to these ordinances. The death penalty only applies to those cases clearly premeditated, planned and thought out before hand. 

Numbers 35 This whole chapter is is about what we call Due Process. Beginning in V.6 God established safe cities for criminals to go to so those pursuing them could not kill them and they could get a fair trial. 

Ezekiel 33:10-20  The death Penalty should be a LAST RESORT not some way to prop up careers. God who established it says in v.11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  There are two MAJOR implications, first, no pleasure, if God has no pleasure in the death penalty neither should any of us. Second, the wicked turn, God says if the accused (or those found guilty) repent they are to be spared!

Since 1973 there have been 173 persons exonerated off Death Row. Tghat averages to a staggering 1 in 9 inmates on death row. For any other class of statistics folks would be screaming for actions. Another fact, this is often played up as a race issue yet 56% White 34% Black and 8% Hispanic have been executed. 

The bottom line for me is the death penalty is biblical and legal. However it has become SO GROSSLY misapplied (Avg. above 11% innocent) that I for one can not support further executions until all biblical criteria is confirmed in each case. 

 

Wanted: An Honest Debate About the Death Penalty

Wanted: An Honest Debate About the Death Penalty

David Harsanyi  / 

The death penalty debate should revolve around the morality and efficacy of state policy regarding that criminality, not some fantasy world in which butchers are selectively cast as victims…

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Daily Devotional – “O Holy Night”

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Mark 12:31-33


CONTEXT

If one reads Mark Chapter 12 we find that the lessons preceding this one v.28-34, begin in verse 13 and continue through verse 30.  There are in most modern translation two headings breaking up the text v.13-17 Paying Caesar Taxes and v.18-30 The Sadducees ask about resurrection. 

In each case the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes were trying to trap Jesus into saying something that would be against the Jewish Law, unfortunately they were including laws made by man in it. 

Our text deals what has become Universally known as The Great Commandment.


HYMN 

I still remember the first time I heard the Hymn “O Holy Night.”  It was 1960 and Nate King Cole (See Below) released his version on Columbia records which my mom bought and played on our new RCA phonograph. 

There was something about his smooth baritone and the lyrics  

Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!

As I have grown older I realize there is SO much more to this grand hymn. Today I want to concentrate on just verse three and the lyrics in our main text: 

 Truly he taught us to love one another;
His law is love and his gospel is peace.

Biblically I understand that there can never be true peace on earth unless all mankind were to renounce evil and repent of their sins declaring Christ Lord and Savior.

Yet that knowledge does should not mean we stop PRAYING for both that peace along with the morality and civility that proceeds it.

To that end I offer from the Matthew Henry’s Prayer  Devotional the following:

O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and establish the righteous – you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God. Psalm 7:9(ESV) Spirit many to rise up for you against the wicked and to stand up for you against evildoers. Psalm 94:16(ESV)

Let the Deliverer come to Zion and banish ungodliness from Jacob; Romans 11:26(ESV) and let the filth of Jerusalem be cleansed from its midst by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of burning. Isaiah 4:4(ESV)

Let all wickedness shut its mouth; Psalm 107:42(ESV) and let the infection of that plague be stayed by intervening judgment. Psalm 106:30(ESV)

Let those who are struggling against sin never grow weary or fainthearted. Hebrews 12:3-4(ESV)

Remove the spirit of uncleanness from the land, Zechariah 13:2(ESV) and change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that they may call upon the name of the LORD. Zephaniah 3:9(ESV)

Set us high above all nations in praise and in fame and in honor by making us a people holy to the LORD our God. Deuteronomy 26:19(ESV)


 

How Mayflower Compact Influenced the American Concept of Rule of Law

How Mayflower Compact Influenced the American Concept of Rule of Law

How Mayflower Compact Influenced the American Concept of Rule of Law
A painting by Edward Percy Moran (1862-1935), from circa 1900, depicts the signing of the Mayflower Compact by Myles Standish, William Bradford, William Brewster, and John Carver aboard the Mayflower in November 1620. (Photo: Bettman/Getty Images)

Angela Sailor

A group of scholars meets this week to discuss the impact of the Mayflower Compact—signed 400 years ago last week, on Nov. 11, 1620—on the American concept of the rule of law.

The Heritage Foundation and the Religious Freedom Institute are co-hosting the second event in a webinar series exploring the major themes in one of America’s neglected founding documents.

“The Mayflower Compact reaffirmed one of the fundamental ideas of the Magna Carta; namely, that no political society could flourish without respect for the rule of law,” said Kim Holmes, executive vice president of The Heritage Foundation…

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What Our Cries for Justice Say about God, about Us, and about the World

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What Our Cries for Justice Say about God, about Us, and about the World

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JOHN STONESTREET WITH SHANE MORRIS

Since the horrific killing of George Floyd, the moral outrage in our nation is palpable. Moral consensus, however, is not.

While some cry out against violence by police, others cry out against violence against police. Systemic racism is either the most important problem we face, some say, or it doesn’t exist at all, others say. We must defund the police, according to some, and we must support the police, according to others.

Certainly, the debates over what exactly is wrong with this world and what must be done to fix it will continue. In the meantime, we ought not miss what the moral outrage, even when wrongly conceived or violently expressed, reveals about who we are and the kind of world we live in…

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The Ten Commandments & the importance of a moral, educated population

“THE TEN COMMANDMENTS are not the laws. They are THE Law”
-stated Cecil B. DeMille , November 8, 1956, at the New York opening of his epic film, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Why Sexual Morality May be Far More Important than You Ever Thought

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Why Sexual Morality May be Far More Important than You Ever Thought

01 Dec 2020 | Kirk Durston

The Proposal  by Sir Alma Tadema, 1892

One winter afternoon I was relaxing with a half-dozen fellow graduate philosophy students discussing theories of law and punishment. About an hour into the discussion, it occurred to me that some moral laws might limit pleasure and enjoyment in the short term but in the long term minimize suffering and maximize human fulfillment.

A few days ago I finished studying Sex and Culture for the second time. It is a remarkable book summarizing a lifetime of research by Oxford social anthropologist J.D. Unwin.[1] The 600+ page book is, in Unwin’s words, only a “summary” of his research—seven volumes would be required to lay it all out.[2] His writings suggest he was a rationalist, believing that science is our ultimate tool of inquiry (it appears he was not a religious man). As I went through what he found, I was repeatedly reminded of the thought I had as a philosophy student: some moral laws may be designed to minimize human suffering and maximize human flourishing long term.

Unwin examines the data from 86 societies and civilizations to see if there is a relationship between sexual freedom and the flourishing of cultures. What makes the book especially interesting is that we in the West underwent a sexual revolution in the late 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s and are now in a position to test the conclusions he arrived at more than 40 years earlier.

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Recurring massacres stem from society’s ‘spiritual & emotional slime’

In the wake of the tragic mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, America is once again looking for solutions. OneNewsNow spoke with several evangelical leaders who make the case that solutions won’t be found in the halls of Congress.

Dayton OH shooting scene (Aug 2019)

Continued at Source: Recurring massacres stem from society’s ‘spiritual & emotional slime’