Monday, September 10, 2007

The Ostrich Syndrome 2 Peter 3:3-4

All of us are familiar with the Ostrich, a big flightless bird that sticks its head in the sand at the first sign of danger. Now I’m not sure if it really does that, but that’s the prevailing idea. 2 Peter 3:3-4 say, “ Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” Somehow every time I read this verse I think of that Ostrich, just trying to pretend the problem is not there and if he ignores it will go away. Many people treat God and the coming judgment the same way, they just ignore and scoff, hoping that if they saying nothing or ridicule those of us warning others that it will not happen. They will held accountable to God.
The Bible is clear, that these people who scoff are only walking after their own lusts. The mindset of these people is clear. Isaiah denounced people like these in Isaiah 28:14-15, “Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.” How true is that of America today? We have made a covenant with death, millions of babies are killed every year, sacrificed on the alter of choice. In the days after the Terry Shivo case, this verse came to mind. We heard a lot of talk about “dying with dignity, and passing peacefully” We have started telling ourselves that it is okay to sacrifice those most innocent amongst us for convenience.
We have also made an agreement with hell. We have somehow convinced Israel to give up its covenant lands in the name of peace. Zechariah 12:9 says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” I believe that we as a nation have crossed a line that God has drawn. We have stood against Israel and with God’s enemies in the name of peace. President Bush, in an attempt to make a legacy, has pressured Israel to give away lands that God forever had given to His people forever. While Zechariah is talking about an event in the future, the principle is clear. Stand against Israel, and you stand against God.
We have made lies our refuge. We like the Ostrich have stuck our heads in the sand. We tell ourselves that things will never change. That the Bible is a myth and we are not required to believe it. We have taken shelter in our lies, though it is a shelter that will fall. Blessed is a nation whose God is the Lord, and our God is no longer the Lord. The world is like a sinking ship, it will end, and it will end suddenly. The only question is are you getting in the lifeboat or will you sink with the ship?

1 comment:

Myles said...

I could not agree which you more, here's another cliché used quite often "we are heading down that slippery slope" I can't see this nation turning back to God while we "the true church" are here, many do not want to hear the true gospel they claim it is hate speech... that it is not tolerable, to hear it and agree to it would mean surely they would have to be held accountable for their sins.

I truly believe the rapture church will be such a quick and decisive event that will have many sitting on the fence who did not turn to Jesus Christ as their savior crying out to God for answers.

Many will turn to man for those answers and they will believe the lie, but many will remember those crazy Christians and will understand what they preach was true, they will turn to Jesus Christ as they call out his name and they shall be saved:

Romans 10:13
For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."

We know the gospel will be preached after the rapture, so there still will be time to get right with God but it will cost you more because now you will have to die believing in him... but there's still time today before this great event takes place to save yourself:

Romans 10:9
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.