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Haiti’s Deal With the Devil

Posted in Humanity, Religion, Top Posts with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2010 by raingeg

It seems that every time a large disaster happens there is always going to be someone that blames it on sin. Pat Robertson, yesterday, did just that. I know that he said it was because of a deal with the devil, but in essence that would be a sin. I find it hard, given what the Bible says, to agree with Robertson’s assessment of the situation. The truth of the matter is that it goes far beyond any deal with the devil that Haiti did or didn’t make, it goes back to Adams sin.

Scott Richards of Scott Richards Live put it this way.

So when we are hurting or find ourselves hurting others, it goes back to the fall. When we find ourselves struggling with a sense of emptiness and frustration in the deepest part of our souls, it goes back to the fall. When we at once see the remaining traces of the beauty of creation, and the mind-blowing destruction that same creation can deliver, it goes back to the fall. And so, in a sense, Pat Robertson was right. When Adam and Eve listened to the voice of the serpent, the result was a cursed creation. But that curse isn’t restricted to Haiti, or the coasts of Indonesia and India when the tsunami disaster hit. It effects all of us. And every time we sin, we ratify that same decision that rendered the once “very good” creation into what we live in today. But the good news is, in spite of what we have done, God continues to love us.

Jesus, in the book of Luke, seems to refute Robertson’s claim.

1 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:1-9

What message should we get from these words? Turn to Christ, its no matter whether or not you’ve made a pact with the devil. Turn to Christ and you will be set free. You will not be set free from the trials of this world, be it an earthquake or the common cold, that is not the point, we still live in a fallen world.

In the book of Hebrews it says.

23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

That means that you need Christ. So was Pat Robertson right when he said that the people of Haiti need to turn to God? Yes, but lets not limit it to the people of Haiti. We are all sinners and we all need God. Was he right to say that the people of Haiti are more deserving of the destruction because of their deal with the devil? No, as Christ said “unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” We are all sinners and we are all deserving of death, that is why we need Christ.

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Abortion Abroad: I Fund It and I Hate It

Posted in Economy, Humanity, Politics, Religion with tags , , , on January 26, 2009 by raingeg

I was recently in a Facebook discussion about the lifting of the Mexico City Policy, which effectively enables the government to use your tax dollars to aid abortions in other countries. I wasn’t really drawn to write about this prior to the discussion, until someone asked how a Christian is supposed to respond to this situation.  In Romans 13:1 we are told “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Now the question still remains, how can we as American citizens and Christians not be held responsible for the millions of babies that will die in other countries when our tax dollars are helping fund it?

First lets point out the obvious reason, moral convictions aside, why lifting the Mexico City Policy is devastating to America. We are in a recession! There is no reason why in these tough economic times we should be sending more money over seas to pay for abortions abroad, that is something I like to call needless spending and it is something we cannot afford to do.

But what are American Christians to do? It seems like your stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand you have the option of breaking the law and not paying your taxes based on the fact that you find abortion morally wrong. And if you did adhere to that way of thinking you would also be going against what the scripture says we are to do. On the other hand you have the option of paying your taxes and providing funding for something that is morally wrong, but at the same time aligning your actions with scripture. Which choice is better? I would submit that the latter option is the way we need to be headed. I think the founders have provided us a way out of this moral dilemma.

America is set up so that the Government is the servant and not the master of the people of the country. In other words, we are in control of our government, we are supposed to provide the government with direction. Effectively, we are the government, this is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Now I could go into how God still remains in control even if the people are in control, but in the name of brevity I’ll save that for another post.

When the majority of the people believe that we should be heading in a direction that is contrary to our Christian beliefs on abortion we have to accept that. Not approve of it, but merely accept that it is going to happen. That does not mean we must be passive and not stand up for what we believe, we must stand up. As Christians the only thing we can do is fight for what we believe, pray that God will provide us with victory over sin and have faith that what God is doing is for our (the believers) own good. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

I don’t think we should have to pay for actions that our government takes if we find those actions despicable, and surly not if we are combating those despicable actions. As Americans our job is to find something despicable, we have the God given inalienable right to do that. It is then our job to responsibly speak out and try our hardest to vote in politicians that do not adhere to a pro-abortion ideology. God provided his Son Jesus to die for our sins, so we need not fear that we are sinning by adhering to the scripture and paying our taxes. We must have faith in Christ! Isaiah 53:6 “All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.”

In the book of Daniel, Daniel cry’s out to God in prayer speaking of all the wrongs that his government has done and asking for Gods forgiveness.

Daniel 9:4-19
4 I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed:
“O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands, 5 we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

7 “Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the men of Judah and people of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. 8 O LORD, we and our kings, our princes and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. 9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; 10 we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. 11 All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.
“Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. 12 You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. 13 Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. 14 The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.

15 “Now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. 16 O Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.

17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

Unlike Israel we have not all turned away. There are many that have rejected God in this country, yet there are many more that choose not to reject God. We should follow Daniels example and pray for forgiveness for our land and the sins that our country commits. But even more important, pray for our country to have victory over sin. Prayer is the most powerful tool we have in our spiritual arsenal. And we must recognize that we have to have faith in God and that everything will work out for good for us the believer. There will come a time when this country might not be standing but God will always remain. And even though we have a vote and a voice, when all is said and done God and Gods Truth is in control.

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