“The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Bob Dylan’s hit song from 1964, was right — they were changing! A generation of young “hippies” was convinced — American society was at the door to a cultural revolution. Thousands of “flower children” of the 1960s in Haight Ashbury (San Francisco) and Berkeley thought they would usher in communities of peace, love, unity, and sharing that would embarrass organizations representing traditional values (like churches).
Boy, were they wrong! The “sons and…daughters…beyond your command” (as the song goes) lured into hippie communities couldn’t make the break with ordinary self-centeredness — possessiveness and jealousy. The communities eventually broke up, some from lack of funds (namely Mom and Dad’s), many from dissension and hostility. Several of the “rock music” groups that carried on Dylan’s message splintered, members scattering, angry and frustrated with each other.
Our nation today is reeling from this breakdown of God’s original permanent covenant between a man and a woman. The times were a-changin’, as Dylan imagined, but they were changing for the worse — much worse!
And some things didn’t change — man’s selfish condition since the Fall, God’s holiness, God’s judgment on sin. God didn’t allow “the times that were a-changin’” to “a-work”!
It’s amazing today — so many people still think they can make it without the Lord! They are deluded into thinking they can produce harmonious relationships, families, communities, and societies without Him — they’re wrong!
Beloved, we need to seek God today on behalf of our nation — we need to be a nation whose God is the Lord. Unless we, God’s people, reverse our times, America is on a collision course with God’s wrath. God is holy; He can’t overlook sin. Sin must be confessed and repented or it will be judged. If we continue our run to immorality, our nation will be judged, terribly, as Jerusalem was in 586 B.C.
About five years before Babylon overran Jerusalem (this occurred roughly fourteen years into their seventy-year captivity), Ezekiel described it as “the bloody city” (Ezekiel 22:2). Things were as out of hand as could be. People were profaning the temple, the Sabbaths…they were taking bribes, and making dishonest profits. Idolatry and sexual immorality were rampant, injustice everywhere — fathers and mothers were abused by children; strangers, widows, orphans, and many of the poor and needy were oppressed; nations near and far were mocking (22:2-13,29).
Ezekiel says even prophets and priests “conspired” to oppress poor widows, stealing what little money they had left after the Babylonians plundered them. It was bad enough the general populace was doing right in its own eyes, but the priests, he said, “made no distinction between the holy and the profane” — they were not teaching the difference between the unclean and the clean (22:25,26). In other words, even the priests were caught up in the relativism of the times!
Does any of this sound like our country today? Do you see any parallels? What are we about today?
Do we oppress the poor, the needy, and strangers among us? Do nations near and far mock “a Christian nation” (as some of them call us) that consumes and traffics in alcohol, drugs, and pornography? Have we profaned marriage? Are we going to drop the institution altogether some day, as something that just doesn’t work?
Do our legal, political, business, military, and “spiritual” leaders stand on the eternal Word of God? Or have they gotten caught up in the gray areas, no longer making distinctions between true and false, right and wrong — do they want to profit in some way?
What do you think, Beloved...does this describe our country?
What if we as children of God turned to Him and His Word so that His righteousness, love and grace flowed out of our lives first? What if we returned to being salt and light and — through prayer and supplication — started lifting our Nation and our leaders to the King of kings so that the United States would glorify Him?
Watch what God will do through prayer! Will you join me, precious ones?
Discover and spend time with our glorious King, beloved. Get into the Bible and discover Truth for yourself.
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