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As Hurricane Michael has killed as many as 39 people earlier this month, one Florida family is counting its blessings after they survived the storm trapped in a flooding warehouse.
Over the past few days, I've been focusing my articles on the plight of America.Â I believe with all of my heart that America is going to face the wrath of God if we do not turn back to him soon.Â This is the third article out of four where I discuss this topic.Â If you have not already read the first two articles, The Coming Destruction of America and Obama's Post Christian America, I would strongly encourage you to do so before reading this post.Â I think that they will aid in expressing my heart on this matter as you read this article. Most people drastically underestimate the consequences of sin.Â Many people wrongfully believe that their sins, however large or small, will have little or no consequences and that if it does have consequences it will be only on the person comitting the sin.Â Yet the Bible clearly displays example after example demontrating a clear pattern that this is not the case. When Joshua was leading the armies of God into the promised land, one man chose to disregard the Lord's instructions.Â A man named Achan stole a set of clothes and a few pieces of money.Â Shortly after Achan's mild indescretion, Joshua led the people into battle again.Â This time they were met with defeat.Â The army of God who clearly outnumbered their enemies faced a tragic defeat due to the sins of one man.Â After the battle Achan was killed along with his entire family.Â The consequences of his sin resulted in the defeat of an army and the death of his family.David's advisors had encouraged him not to number the people.Â After all, God had clearly forbidden the kings of Israel from taking the census.Â Instead of relying on numbers, God simply wanted David to rely on Him.Â Didn't David know that God could provide for his nation's defense?Â But David persisted.Â He numbered the people.Â As a result, God took the lives of thousands of Israelites.Â Again the consequences of sin went far beyond the sinner.When the prophet Jeremiah looked out over his nation, he saw a nation that like America, drastically underestimated the consequences of their sin.Â They believed that they could continue living their lives however they liked without ever having to feel the pain of any consequences.Â They turned their back on God and believed that their national safety, their economy, and their way of life would simply continue uninterupted.Â "...Yet my people have forgotten me days without number."Â ~ Jeremiah 2:32Unfortunately for this great prophet, he lived to see the destruction of these people who he had so fervently pleaded with to turn back to God.Â Bablyon swept in and destroyed their cities, killed and enslaved their men, and took their women and children captive. Â Â "How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people!Â How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!" ~ Lamentations 1:1Jeremiah looked ahead and saw the destruction that he had been preaching about for years.Â He saw first hand the consequences of their sins coming down upon them...and he wept.Â Look again at that first verse in Lamentations, "How doth the city sit solitary...she that was great among the nations..."Â Do we think that America is exempt from the wrath of God?Â Do we think that our patriotism trumps God's disgust with sin?Â America boasts her tolerance of sodomy, her allowance of on-demand murder of unborn children, her divorce kits purchasable at Wal-Mart, her growing pornography industry, and her rejection of God from our society.Â Yet America, and most Christians, fail to realize that our days are numbered.Â We will see the curse of Jeremiah soon.Â Sin always has its consequences.Â I would say that I hope that I don't see it in my day, but then I am just wishingÂ it on my children.Â I'd like to see it stayed for good.Â In Christ,Nicholas Z. CardotNicholas Z. Cardot is the founder and site administrator for the Baptist Muse, a site dedicated to challenging Christians to think on the things of God by promoting and defending the Biblical truths for which historical Baptists have lived and died.
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