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Friday, January 4, 2019

A Nation Not Under God

January 4

(Psalm 2:1-3 NIV)  “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? {2} The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. {3} “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.””

(Acts 5:27-29 NIV) “Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. {28} "We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name," he said. "Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man's blood." {29} Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men!”

Nations can be blessed or cursed, based on their devotion to God. Several things happen when a nation begins to behave as though it were not “under God”. First, the sovereignty of the nation replaces the sovereignty of God. Government begins to see itself as above God; greater than God. It can actually plot against God. Second, freedom becomes more important than obedience to God. What we want becomes more important than what God wants. We end up obeying and trusting in Government more than God. Government, not God, becomes our Provider and Protector. Third, Politics replaces Piety. We become obsessed and consumed by the political. We end up worshipping politicians instead of God. Politics and politicians dominate our news and thoughts. If one looks honestly at our situation, it would appear that we have indeed arrived as a “not under God” nation. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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