I'm not famous and few know of me, but in the absence of a religious leader who will do it, let me do a "State of the Nation" speech.
Psalm 102:8 "All day long my enemies taunt me; those who rail against me use my name as a curse."I believe that's now the "State of the Nation"! Let's look at the depth of these few words.
"Taunting" is when one party says insulting things to another to excite anger. Here's a recent strong example of taunting:
“I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established,” Abu Mosa, a spokesman for the terror group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), told VICE Media in a video interview posted online Thursday. “Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq.” “We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House,” he added. (The Daily Caller, Jamie Weinstein 1:43 AM 08/08/2014)
Just look at the number of taunts in this one statement!
- The caliphate has been established!
- Don't be cowards and use drones.
- Send your soldiers (the ones we humiliated in Iraq)
- We will humiliate them everywhere.
- We will raise the flag of Allah over the White House.
The taunt "the caliphate has been established" refers to an Islamic empire which the world ridiculed Glen Beck for predicting. What politicians and the media laughed at now exists! Abu Mosa is taunting America with their new found existence and power! Just as bullies intimidate even the stronger, ISIS is bullying America. It's the "Little Guy Syndrome"! Small people put fear into the hearts of the stronger by intimidation. ISIS is striking fear into the hearts of the world by being bullies.They decapitate people and the world hides in fear! Instead of calling them who they are: Muslims, we refer to them as "a peaceful religion" so they won't bully us further.
The first "State of the Nation" is: America lives in fear!
Abu Mosa calls us cowards! How can a nation be a coward? We do not do what's right because we fear the repercussion of our actions. There's "fear" again. It reigns supreme right now. The nation fears to the extreme that we don't put "boots on the ground" because politicians want to get elected. Left wing extremists believe that if we don't fight the bad guys, the bad guys will leave us alone!
The second "State of the Nation" is that those who rule us are cowards. Although they aren't the one's bearing arms, they don't want to upset the enemy! They have more empathy for those beheading than they do for those beheaded.
The fear of fighting for what's right is what makes the nation a "coward". Many in our country have the "bullied syndrome". Our nation fears protecting itself because it believes the fear factor will increase. Nations calling this "paying tribute" to a master nation, but it's a policy of appeasement.
The third "State of the Nations" is appeasement. That's a bad foreign policy, but that's ours!
America is humiliated. Each time a captive American (or Brit) is beheaded, that humiliates. They did it and laughed. We sheepishly accept it and hope it doesn't happen again. Our defense policy is a side-bar of Obama's campaign slogan of "Hope and Change". We "hope" things will "change" without making it happen.
The fourth "State of the Nation" is that we're living with humiliation.
As a correlation of the fourth, the fifth "Sate of the Nation" is a spineless defense policy. It's merely a "hope" that other nations will leave us along!
Abu Mosa said that their flag will fly over the White House. I'm not so sure that it doesn't already. It appears that the president raised an invisible flag of Islam when he took office. He may not be Islamic, but his allegiance seems to be with that "peaceful religion" (sic).
"Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as'one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.' " (New York Times article from March 6, 2007, by columnist Nicholas Kristof).
"We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world. " (April 6 address to the Turkish Parliament).I could quote many more, but the picture being painted is that the Islam which Obama sees is a fiction. He doesn't see Islam as the threat to the world which it has always been! Maybe that invisible flag isn't one of allegiance, but one of pacification. It's a flag of false perceptions, allowing the stench of Islam to stain the very fabric of our nation. That flag may already fly!
The sixth "State of the Nation" is that our leaders have portrayed Islam for what it's not. The nation has been told lies and our leader's hearts lie more with Islam than with Christianity.
"Rail against me". That's verbal abuse! People verbally abuse, or curse God! Today Christianity is the object of scorn and persecution. It stands in the way of pleasure, power and even wealth. Christianity is seen as "interference" against liberty; not in the sense of freedom, but chaos!
Judges 21:25: "In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes."There are two sets of laws: civil and God's. Without a king and without a King, people can do as they please; whatever is right in their own eyes. Hence, the next "States of the Nation" are complementary:
The seventh "State of the Nation" is that the nation has abandoned God. That it has already done, but those of us who "cling to religion" for our inner peace keep it alive in many. Along, with that is:
The eighth "State of the Nation" is that all things righteous are ridiculed. The flip-side of that statement is that truth has been made relative. Truth interferes with pleasure, power and wealth; and hence, cannot be! Our nation even has who is called "a liar in chief"! His job is to twist truth for those in power so that the gullible believe a lie!
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (ESV) "The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
The New World Leader, the anti-christ will not just suddenly come onto the scene. His way will be prepared for him by many antichrists. Those false Christs exist in entertainment, government, and religion. Their purpose is to gently slide the populace into accepting the lie! For instance almost no one from the 1950s believed that marriage between same-sex partners would ever come to fruition. With acclimation, although it's not fact, people have accepted "they're born that way" without any truth to it and without blinking an eye! Repeat a lie long enough and it becomes truth!
This is a nation, nay world, of people who refuse to love the truth! Why? It gets in the way of personal freedom; people doing what's right in their own eyes. It's rebellion and the ultimate libertarianism! A nation without laws is chaos. A nation without God worships Chaos (In mythology Chaos ruled the air, or inner atmosphere.She was the goddess of fate). Hence, this nation will not have God to lean on, but fate only. Whatever happens, happens!
The ninth "State of the Nation" is the God of America is fate. Our founders said that this nation was created by divine inspiration. We have now evolved to the belief that everything is merely a chance happening and that God, who was once believed to be omnipotent, is helpless indeed and that "chance "created the universe and "chance" keeps it going!
Since the new God is "Fate" then all aspects of JHWH needs to be removed, especially his existence as Jesus Christ. People say that God doesn't exist, but hate him for who he is! (The premise of the movie, God is Not Dead). Since prayer was removed from public life in 1964 all aspects of sin has risen sharply upward: murder, theft, rape, divorce, abortion, unwed sex, broken homes and many more.
The tenth "State of the Nation" is that a once proud America is on the wane and those who lead are the authors of destruction!
This should be sub-titled "Those in Power Want to Remain in Power". There are few statesmen running our government. But there are a few! If one desires to know who those statesmen are it's only necessary to look at who the most politicians hate and who the media ostracizes! The followers of "The Prince of the Air" (the devil) will never follow a righteous one, but one prone to evil. Yes, those elected by the powers of darkness will speak good things, even throw God's name around, but in the end, they have little use for righteousness!
America will join the other nations of the world in succumbing to the Anti-christ! We are not exempt. In fact, because of our position as a "world power" (sic), we may actually lead the rest of the nations to destruction. Our own leader has an ideology much as described in apocalyptic scripture which describes antichrists; not that the President is the Antichrist, for he's not, but is one of the many antichrists paving the way. Anyone who is not for Christ is an antichrist!
Polycarp wrote in the Letter to the Philippians, "Everyone who does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is an antichrist."I will add to that! Anyone who doesn't worship and obey Jesus Christ who came in the flesh is an antichrist because that person is not "loving God"!
This, my friends, is the "State of the Nation". It's as dour as was Jimmy Carter was in his sweater and rocking chair, but truth is truth. Joel Osteen would focus on the positive and God's promises. However, for a time there will be little positive to behold and "promises" include punishments. What is the positive promise?
2 Thessalonians 2:1 (ESV) (The Man of Lawlessness) "Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
Revelation 19:20 (ESV) "And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur."Stand fast! Be on the winning side. But in the mean time don't go down with the "State of the Nation"!