Archive for November, 2010

A prophet is a person who speaks God’s Word for today. That Word will always be in sync with the bible. It may or may not address the future. A false prophet is one who contradicts God’s Word with a message and/or makes a wrong prediction.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.Mt 23:37

Have you ever noticed that those who speak God’s Word to any nation, whether Israel or America, never have an easy time of it and often put their lives in jeopardy?

I don’t know the last time we’ve had a public stoning around here, but more than a few outspoken godly leaders have gotten rocked by the media or public opinion or whatever. It would be probably worth the effort if the country would have listened. But history proves otherwise. Most civilizations gravitate toward leadership that doesn’t listen to its God-sent prophets and end up, well, not so civilized. Just look at or listen to our pop culture, billboards, schools, etc.

So, one conclusion is that we must address this mess by reforming the political nature of our nation. But when we look to men and women as the PRIMARY way out of a nation sliding fast into moral oblivion, we look to the wrong government completely. 

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Eventually, our political leaders will fail us and perhaps we’ll finally turn to God. Let’s face it, we’ll probably have killed our prophets… if not in body, well certainly in the court of public opinion.

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When you were very young, your mother and father were like giants. For that matter, all of those big people called adults were huge. Even an eighth grader seemed to tower over us.

But years after graduation, the principal and the coach and some old professors almost seemed like equals. Did they get smaller or did we get larger?
When I was younger, I was heavily into the political world. Mayors, councilmen, freeholders, congressman, senators and governors all seemed larger than life. But as I’ve gotten older, world series pitchers look like children and I sometimes feel like proofing the policemen at the Dunkin Donuts bar. “You’re a little young for that latte, aren’t you?”
It’s not that I’m somehow a sage or prideful. It’s simply life’s perspective as we age. Reading from the ancient scrolls of Isaiah (chapter 40), I am reminded about a perspective to which mine pales.
Any day, more particularly an Election Day, is a good time to remember that we are like grass; that we wither and fade like once glorious wildflowers, “but God’s Word stands firm and forever.”
It’s apparent by their views that many leaders don’t believe in God’s Word, don’t live by God’s Word and don’t rule by God’s Word. “He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless… all nations before Him are as nothing…” Isaiah 40:23, 17 Now, that’s perspective.
I’ve had the chance to meet some of our region’s political leaders. And then I’ve watched their TV ads. Their make-up cannot make up for their lack of integrity. We have incumbents saying that they are “independent.” They’re actually afraid of their own image.
As I’ve gotten older, I realize that I’m part of God’s solution with my right to vote. I think I’m about to participate in bringing these “princes” to nothing. They’re not as big as I once thought they were.

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It’s November 1st and its getting cold and the word got around birdland. They couldn’t beat the weather, so they got together and decided to take matters into their own wings.

As I looked out from the cupola overlooking the Hudson River, I witnessed their vast conspiracy: literally tens of thousands of snowbirds following the famous waterway southward. I had never seen such a sight. And I could only ask, “Where did they all come from and who called them to this meeting?” That’s too great of a population for just one area. They must have gathered from many regions to form that much of a mass. How did they know where to hook up? Who called them?
As I pondered that, I immediately thought about the prophet Jeremiah who, by listening to the voice of God, called Israel to turn back to God and follow, a migration if you will, to Babylon. 
And as I thought of Israel, it brought me full circle to tomorrow. Election Day, 2010 in America. Which candidates are truly seeking God, understand His message of repentance and righteousness and are calling all the birds to gather in a wave of revival?
Unlike the winds of cynicism that most birds are following this political season, I believe there are men and women who have a calling to serve and not be served – the greatest lesson to be learned by anyone, much less “public servants.”
What is it about humans that we cannot follow the wind of the Holy Spirit, our all-wise Father and His “public Servant,” Jesus, in a throng like the snowbirds, falling in line, flying in flocks?
If there’s a snake in our American garden defiantly declaring, “Did God really say?” couldn’t we really just fly above him to listen to the higher voice? After all, serpents can only crawl. Birds can fly.

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