The ‘reverend’ Luis Leon, the LGBT-friendly Episcopal priest tapped to replace the now-anathemized-and-pilloried Reverend Louie Giglio, gave today’s Inaugural benediction; for those of you who don’t know, Reverend Giglio was ‘enticed’ to drop out after a two-decade-old sermon regarding homosexuality was raised as a bigotry flag by the usual ‘tolerant’ suspects.
Anyway, seven times in his benediction Mr. Leon asked for God’s blessing for our country; he finished his benediction with a quotation from the book of Micah the prophet (specifically chapter 6, verse 8):Left unanswered is the question, how does one ‘walk humbly with God’?
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and always walk humbly with God?”
Being humble before God begins with believing in Him. This doesn’t simply mean believing He exists – it includes believing His words and believing He will do what He says, whether that be blessing or cursing. Now, according to the Bible, God will bless those who obey His words and curse those who disobey (Deuteronomy 28); Jesus repeatedly reminded His disciples that to love Him meant keeping His commandments; Paul and the other writers of the New Testament stressed obedience to God’s word as well.
The flip side of obedience is disobedience; the flip side of being blessed for obedience is being cursed for disobedience. God knows and has told us we cannot fully obey Him on our own – that’s why He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross: to take away the chains of sinfulness and to give us a chance to obey.
Our nation (certainly not everyone in the nation, but enough) extols as virtues things which God has clearly indicated He detests; in this, we’re no better than ancient Judah, where men ‘call(ed) evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter’ (Isaiah 5:20). We murder the unborn factory-style (upwards of a million a year); we praise sexual perversity – homo- and heterosexual; we endorse envy and covetousness and theft (we’ve got to ‘spread the wealth around’; rich people need to pay ‘their fair share’); we turn a blind eye to deceitfulness (how many times do we hear of welfare fraud for both recipients and providers?); we have one particular political party which has shown evidence that God has no place on their dais; we’ve tried to drive God from the public arena; and a host of other things.
And 'Reverend' Leon has the gall to pray for blessings? We ought to be bloody grateful to God for His forbearance and mercy in that He hasn’t burned every one of us off the face of the planet and replaced us with sentient kumquats, the way we behave.
If we really want God’s blessings we ought to heed His words of warning from Deuteronomy 28; we desperately need to get on our knees and repent our sinful ways and make concerted efforts to live according to His precepts. We’ve got to stop poking God in the eye, folks, or when He pokes back, we’re not going to like it.
Not one bit.