Assuming you are a Christian who is reading this, I will address this post specifically to you. I say this because there could be non-Christians reading this blog.
As a Christian, you know the Bible. I’m sure you have read the Old Testament. As you read in the Old Testament there are many, many times that Israel disobeyed God. You read this in every book of the Old Testament.
Specifically, God had told his people not to do such-and-such but they did it anyway. The result was war by neighbouring tribes which came in the land and controlled them. There were the two captivities where they were taken from their land in Palestine and held captive in a foreign land. They were the Babylonian and Assyrian captivities, as you know.
If you are like most Bible believing Christians you probably thought that they deserved this. This is God’s judgement and his judgement is always right.
You recognize that sin is the transgression of the law, and ancient Israel sinned many times.
Zoom up 3,000 years…
Here we are in the 21st Century and you know of the wars we have, the crime, the greed and many other things. Yet, when we complain about taxes, the government telling us what to do, when to do it and how to do it, we complain. We complain about not finding a job but the illegal alien gets a job or at least gets government benefits without paying into the system.
In other words, you complain what is going on and you think that it’s unjust. Or you realize that most Christians do this, if you are not one yourself.
When Christians see this happening and complain about the taxes and illegal aliens coming in the country they get offended if they are told that God is bringing punishment upon them. They get offended if they are told that God is bringing punishment to the whole nation. Yet, it’s OK for them to acknowledge God punishing ancient Israel – but not when it happens to their own country.
They think that they are above the Law. In fact, they will probably say something like, “God’s laws have been done away with. We are not under the law but under grace.”
Therefore, what they are saying, in reality is, that they should not be punished at all. Christians think that they should be able to do whatever they want and not pay for it. In short, they think that the law of cause-and-effect no longer applies.
If that is true, why are we being cursed by God? If his laws are really done way with, as many pastors and priests tell us, why are we suffering the same fate as ancient Israel?
The simple reason is that Yahweh’s laws are still here and we are still under the Covenants.
Finally, there are some Christians who would say, “I don’t comment crime. I don’t rob people and I’m not a greedy Wall Street banker, so why should I suffer?”
You might, and I say “might” be obedient to God’s laws, but if you are, then you would have to believe that God’s laws are still in effect.
It’s ironic in that some Christians who complain about what is going from one side of their mouth, and from the other say that they don’t do the things that God says not to do – I don’t understand. If they really believe what their pastors say, then why don’t they do the things that are bringing the American down (name your own country)?
If the law is done away with, why don’t you go out and sneak Mexicans into the country? They will pay you well to do it. If you are out of a job, why not do this. Why not deal in prostitution. Oh, you say that it’s illegal? So, it’s man’s law that is keeping you from doing it and not God’s law.
Well, there are many other things that you can do that is permissible by man’s laws but not by God, such as adopting heathen beliefs, or saying that there are other gods, or that all religions are equal.
Maybe you don’t do this because you know, deep down in your heart that you should not do it.
Then, there are Christians who do engage in, say, being a loan office, because their church says it’s OK.
Back to those who do follow God’s laws but can’t understand why America, for example, has to suffer. The reason why America has to suffer is that there are enough people who support and do things that are an abomination in the sight of God – that is why. And until enough people repent and turn from their wicked ways, we will continue to be punished.