Be Born Again in the Spirit

'But what saith it? The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.""

It Is a Freedom Thing

It Is a Freedom Thing

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Can America Even Save Herself?

It has been very difficult, ever since I got off work Wednesday afternoon (semi-retired) to pay attention to anything other than the horror that is Haiti today.  If there are those out there who have been used to seeing fairly regular blog postings from me and have not seen much this week, I am sorry and as I said, it was hard not to be preoccupied. 

Like anyone else, my wife and I contributed monetarily and we prayed for the survivors including those that were outside of and those under the rubble.  I want to be there myself and if all they can put in my hands to dig with is nothing, then like the Haitian people themselves, and the numerous civilian rescue teams and our military, then that is what we will dig with.  This part was heartening and the people that were able to be pulled and dug out from the rubble and saved was more than heartening.

I kept expecting to see big ships pull into harbor with deck loads of heavy equipment and helicopters like I used to see in Vietnam.  The Chinook CH46 is a work horse that can carry a dozer, a tank, a 105mm howitzer and are typically employed by our Navy's Seabees (combat engineers).  I saw none lifting equipment into the areas surrounding the epicenter as of the middle of the fourth day. 

Yet we know, and without anyone saying so except perhaps one voice I heard this am, Yvonne Tribble who along with her husband have been missionaries in Haiti (Haiti for Christ)  for the past 30 years, that hope is lost for tens upon tens of thousands of Haitians who may have survived the initial collapse of structures but have died in the days since awaiting the heavy equipment necessary to lift what their fingers and arms and buckets could not.  This is the disheartening aspect of it....no heavy equipment and none on the horizon for the 80% of the population that dwell in the vicinity of the quakes epicenter.  As of this moment, we are beyond three and one half days of 90 degree temperatures and the dead body smell intensifies and Yvonne Tribble has a right to feel panicked as she watches the hours tick by....Well, at least the Hospital ship, a magnificient 500 bed hospital ship is leaving their Baltimore port today for the short trip to Haiti

Make no mistake people, the mission now is two-fold...ensure no riots and get food and water, medicine and necessary medical care to the living....those who died in Christ this week are with Him already and Christians can take solace today.  Those who died apart from Christ will now join the fate those who will not have their names inscribed in the Lamb's Book of Life and those witnessing this tragedy,  in the very least ought to come away with a sense of their own mortality and maybe begin to question how/where they will spend eternity even as they consider that tomorrow is promised to no man....not slave nor master.  I would be remiss if I were not to tell you that today and tonight in Haiti, there will be a "wailing and gnashing of teeth" as from a people with no hope...and indeed some have none unless and until they open the doors of their hearts on which Christ constantly knocks.

So what? Is this a Godly judgement perpetuated by God on a people who purportedly made a pact with the devil centuries ago like Pat Robertson has stated?  I would think, a more relevant factor would be the mere timing of the season to which Christians are to have some knowledge....the beginning of the end of the age of the gentile....

What is that  you say...good grief people, the gospel has been spread to all the corners of the world...all have had a chance to accept or deny Christ and those who died before Christ and those who died without knowledge of Christ lived and then died according to the laws God wrote upon their hearts...on these they were judged.  Americans, of all people, should be the least surprised of the travails that are now and will increase in number and intensify in magnitude.  Americans are truly living in a nation that was founded on Judeo-Christian principles regardless of what our president says or thinks on the matter and those of us concerned with the spiritual well being of our nation has watched it denigrade, bit by bit, for over 40 years beginning with Madelyn Murray O'Hare, through the right to murder the infants in your womb, the right to, in God's very face, pretend to be married and have that marriage sanctified of God when the participants are same-sex, and right up through today into the reign of the last president America will see as a sovereign nation.  Number 44....sounds kind of complete....as spiritual laws go. 

All of our hearts should bleed for the survivors in Haiti or abroad who have lost loved ones...their grief will be very real regardless of whether or not they believe their loved ones were saved by Jesus Christ and have eternal life....the pain of grief reminds us that we are indeed, alive...that much is good.

And yet, as Christians, understand this...while some,  like Glenn Beck declare our new Obama led government as socialist in nature and I agree in fact, I also know that there is absolutely no new prophesy that needs to be fulfilled before the born again believers in Jesus Christ are lifted from this orb...as in raptured, and along with us goes God's Holy Spirit also known as the "Restrainer." 

With Israel back home where she belongs with nations on all sides attacking her and calling for her extinction and no friend found in America anymore...this country is not exempt from the calamities the likes of which just struck Haiti...remember like a woman in labor nearing the hour of her birth...these labor pains are going to increase in frequency and in sharpness...and America is wide open on her left and other left coast and through her New Madrid fault line that runs through Jimmy Carter's neck of the woods.   More and sharper, that would convince me to consider eternal potentials.

Do you wish to bet your life that this is just a freak one like Italy last year or Iran two years ago? Or China with all the school kids dead?  Keep your eyes firmly feasted on that  'ring of fire'....that ring of volcanoes that populate the Pacific Ocean from one end to the other.  Does America have any volcanoes we should be concerned about?

Maybe we can get Al Gore and Barack Obama to divert some of their climate change attention to disaster relief upgrades....as Haiti is not, in any way, shape or form, end up  a  success story.

I have always been a glass half full kind of person pretty much until the last year and I have been born again since my 31st year and I am 63 today so I am part of that generation alive when Israel returned home in 1948 (fig tree budded again) and which is to still be alive when Jesus returns...I am old but not gone and I look toward the Eastern sky continuously.

Horsemen riding, seals opened, vials dumped....ummm, ummmm, ummm, John 3:16 still remains one of your free choice options along with, of course, Revelations 16:2. 

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