As it becomes increasing more clear that our Nation is rebelling against God and our Godly heritage, I want to draw application from the life and times of the Prophet and Priest Ezekiel from the Old Testament. Ezekiel was a contemporary the prophet Jeremiah. He ministered during some of the darkest days of Judah’s history during their 70 year Babylonian captivity under King Nebuchadnezzar. God called him to proclaim and remind the children of Israel of their national sins that caused their judgment and exile, because they were a rebellious nation. The bible says in Ezekiel 2:3, And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. Oh how the Heart of our Nation today, with our disobedient and rebellious spirit toward the things of God, must also grieve the Spirit of God.
You don’t have to look very hard at all in our Nation today to see the rebellion, apathy, and growing ignorance toward the things of God. Like those dark days in Judah’s history when Ezekiel was called, the rebellion we see in our Nation today is characterized by:
- Gender and sexual identity confusion – where a 4 year old boy can be deemed transgender by a psychologist with his parents fighting for his access to the girl’s bathroom at his school.
- Apathy, fatigue, and apostasy in many of our churches today – replacing the preaching against sin and it’s hell-bound penalty for softer, feel-good, come as you are, but “stay” as you are messages.
- Declining church membership and attendance – driving some churches to serve beer during services.
- The blood of the innocent murdered by abortion – where a President and supporting members of congress advocate for a judicial appointee to the D.C. Circuit Court that believes pregnancy itself can make women “second-class citizens,” a “class of presumptive breeders rather than reliable breadwinners and citizens.”
- No more prayer in public schools – increasing hostility toward prayer and certainly toward prayer in “Jesus’ Name” at graduation ceremonies, town hall meetings, and within our prestigious military institutions.
- Immoral and unnatural behavior becoming mainstream – moving from the privacy of people’s homes to the mainstream news, entertainment, and culture; 14 states having already legalized this behavior.
- Drugs and alcohol glorified in every aspect of our culture – while turning a blind eye to the death and destruction these mind-altering substances bring to our communities, homes, and families.
- Violence and murder in our streets, homes, and even our classrooms – our minds are the true battlefields of our lives and proliferation of drugs and alcohol and the aforementioned intense forms of media that we pump into our thoughts are so realistic, vibrant, and intoxicating that our minds can’t distinguish between reality and virtual reality to which violence and murder often become the fruit thereof.
- A higher education system almost completely devoid of God – where emphasis on humanities and science, but not on the God that created the very laws of all science. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth, 2 Timothy 3:7
- The proliferation and consumption of “bad” music, TV, movies, and video games – A culture that loves vampires, witches, and sorcery; murder crime scene investigations, and scoring points for virtual killing: all with plenty of sexually charged lyrics and images to boot.
It’s these characteristics of our Nation today that gave birth to For 10 Sake and the desire to look beyond the sin-cursed symptoms on display in our daily news and instead turn our attention to the only sin cure there is – the Lord Jesus Christ.
While it’s heartbreaking to see the decline of all of the attributes that made America so blessed by God, it’s also important to know that our marching orders as Christians haven’t changed. My Pastor says this often, it doesn’t matter how bad it gets out in the world, our marching orders remain the same – Go Ye! Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20. We are not to cower, hunker down, or flee from the fight. We are to go. And in the face a rebellious nation in Ezekiel’s day, he too was told to go! And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. Ezekiel 3:4
Our crazy, wicked, and rebellious Nation needs Christians to stand in the gap, to proclaim the gospel, and to be faithful in doing so until the Lord returns. Aren’t we glad that someone stood in the gap for us to show us how to get saved? God doesn’t want anyone to perish. The Lord spake unto Ezekiel also and said, And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none Ezekiel 22:30. Oh, let it not be said of us and our generation, that the Lord could find none willing to make up the hedge and stand in the gap for our land.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t witness to my lost family, friends, colleagues, or neighbors to the degree that I should. I come up with many different excuses whether it be I think they wouldn’t respond or be interested, I’m too busy, or that I’ll simply wait until another time. And oftentimes I’ll convince myself that these people will get mad and angry with me if I share the gospel. While that may be true once in a while, the truth is I’m just being disobedient to God. Even Ezekiel was told, And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. Ezekiel 2:6-7 In other words, it doesn’t matter what fears or excuses I make that would keep me from trying to win a lost and dying world to The Savior. I’m just supposed to go, proclaim the truth, warn of the penalty of sin, and to stand in the gap for my country.
In fact, God was quite clear with Ezekiel and He is equally as clear with us as Christians in our generation, if we don’t share the gospel, we are being disobedient and rebellious as well. The word of the Lord came unto Ezekiel saying in Ezekiel 3:17-19 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. The Lord didn’t pull any punches when he spake this unto Ezekiel. This application holds true for our responsibility today also – to share the gospel to all!
Lastly, it is also important to remember the other significant part of Ezekiel’s calling – the Lord also had Ezekiel proclaim the future restoration of the Nation of Israel. That God would honor His covenant with His chosen people and would restore a remnant and bless them. That too is why this site exists. Like Abraham that beseeched the Lord to spare and have mercy on Sodom and Gomorrah and the Lord sought for man to stand in the gap in Ezekiel’s day, what might God do for 10’s sake here in America today?
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