Especially the first part of this.....www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=219121458165
I had 2 thoughts:
1. Why do "we" think that America can do no wrong & is God's chosen nation, or worse still think that all these judgements that we are experiencing are entirely the "fault" of those non-Christian/heathen people?
I believe that God cares more about (is more grieved by) those who claim to be His, being hypocritical, pointing out the "Logs" in the World's eye, etc...
For the Christian, Gluttony is just as bad as Drunkenness. Being overweight is NOT taking proper care of the temple of the Lord. (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
Lest you say "I'm thin!", let me add that being unhealthy (I mean not making wise life & food choices/habits) is the same thing. What Christians do and say matters more to God than what the un-saved world does.
I know that there are lots of other sins & things, but I have been thinking about all the large pious people in line for unhealthy Chick-Fil-A food, not that long ago....As a Christian Company, are they morally obligated to have higher standards? I ask you - as a Christian Company, is Chick-Fil-A breaking the 6th commandment "Thou shalt not kill." by serving harmful food? (things like: MSG and High-fructose Corn Syrup)
Wake Up People! Judgement starts in the house of God. See what Proverbs 3:12 says: "For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth."
The wicked world is the Church's rod of correction. They are God's "2x4" knocking us over the head...and we (as a country) just get up and go on our merry way. We must pray for a revival if you will, to come to the house of the Lord. Christians need to repent and be saved.
...contentment with what you have, and where you are is a good thing, but I am not saying that you should never strive to do better. Unfortunately, contentment is a hard lesson to learn. I would like to think that some people have an easier time learning this...but the older I get, the less rosy my glasses are...I think that we all struggle in this area of our lives, and that it would be helpful to take off the masks that we are hiding behind and share our burdens more often.
1 Timothy 6:6 "....contentment is great gain."
"Contentment is Happiness. Both are awesome. :-) ♥" ~Hillary H.