Est. May 2008

06 June, 2013

God And Boehner At DC

Over at The Blaze, Billy Hallowell asks, ‘Did God save House Speaker John Boehner’s job?’

Of course He did; God is actively involved in His creation (see Colossians 1:15-17).  But perhaps the question that ought to be asked is, Why, in His Name, did He do it?

When you read the Old Testament, one of the things which jumps out is a cycle: God does something wonderful for His people; the people begin to backslide in their obedience to His rules and regulations; God warns them there are going to be consequences for their misbehavior; the people keep misbehaving; God ‘grants’ their perceived needs; God spanks them; the people come back to God; God blesses them; the cycle re-commences.

One of the best examples of this can be found in Numbers 11.  The Israelites complain (which seemed to be a national pastime for them while they were in the wilderness) about food: they were tired of the God-given manna and wanted meat.  They threatened to go back to Egypt, from which God had taken them after performing ‘signs and wonders’.   So God obliged them:
And say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was better for us in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat. You shall not eat just one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, but a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected the Lord who is among you and have wept before him, saying, “Why did we come out of Egypt?”’”
In a nutshell, God said, ‘You want meat?  Okay, you’ll get meat – you’ll get so much meat you’ll choke on it.’  Then (verse 33) He spanked them with a plague.

Turns out our perceived needs more often than not end up being a punishment in and of themselves.  And why does God do this?  I call it the ‘finger in the light socket’ teaching method – after warning and warning and warning, God decides the people need to learn from bitter experience that their ‘needs’ are nothing more than ‘wants’, and those ‘wants’ are nothing more than self-idolatry: putting themselves before God.

It was perceived need which put Obama in the White House.  I mean, come on, think about it: an unknown State Senator from Illinois with less than two years in his chair in DC runs for – and wins – the White House?  And have you listened to his campaign speeches?  Nothing but hollow, empty promises – which we discovered during his first term.  And then…he was re-elected, based on the same empty promises.  But those promises met the perceived needs of the majority of voters, didn’t they?

Not long after the 2008, and again after the 2012 elections, a few pundits wrote that America had gotten the President it asked for (some others swapped ‘deserved’ for ‘asked for’, in fact).  I can’t say I disagree with those assessments – the majority was so wrapped up in themselves, so wired and mired in their perceived needs, and faced with a man who promised (and still promised) to fill those needs right up to the top, voted for him, the second time apparently disregarding all his lies.

Yeah, I think America got the President it asked for.  God gave us our perceived needs here, just as He did the Israelites with the quail.  And, just like those Israelites, while we’ve still got the meat in our teeth, God’s spanking us with a plague – a plague of scandals, chicanery, lies, deceit, and outright illegality rising from the sludge of the Fever Swamp of Foggy Bottom like the Swamp Thing™.

And why?  For the same reason He did it to the Israelites – disobedience to His rules and regulations.  We’ve been warned and warned and warned and still we turn our backs on Him and think we’re more important than He is, that our perceived needs are more important than His provision, that worshiping ourselves is more important than worshiping Him.

God eventually destroyed the kingdom of Israel, first with Assyria, then with Babylon, and all because the people got fat and sassy and stopped worshiping Him as their God and Provider.

Is our Assyria/Babylon self-made, or shall it come from an outside source?

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