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The Unbearable Burden of National Rebellion

July 2nd, 2015 3 comments

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Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance. “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment.  Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.”

I Samuel 8:7-9, NLT

This Sunday I will be preaching an important message entitled, “The Unbearable Burden of National Rebellion.” America is in full blown rebellion against God and His Law. The recent SCOTUS ruling imposing same-sex marriage on all Americans is a blatant denial of God’s clear instruction on marriage and sexuality. It amounts to, what Pastor John Piper called, “the massive institutionalization of sin.”

We a witnessing what has been historically identified as “The Cycle of Political Freedom and Bondage.”

In 1776, the very year that the US became a sovereign country, a European historian named Alexander Fraser Tytler published The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic. In his book he made the following prophetic observations. It is as if he is peaking directly to America today. He wrote,

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loss of fiscal responsibility, always followed by a dictatorship.”

We are currently feeling the economic stress fractures from trying to shoulder our bloated national debt. The recent rogue SCOTUS ruling effectively strengthening and saving Obamacare is a perfect example of legislation leading to an ever-increasing debt coupled with a massive federal power grab. Both are remedies for disaster.

When studying the life cycles of the world’s great civilizations, Tytler noticed a two hundred year span before they fall into a period of decline. These nations moved through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith,
From spiritual faith to great courage,
From courage to liberty,
From liberty to abundance,
From abundance to selfishness,
From selfishness to complacency,
From complacency to apathy,
From apathy to dependency,
From dependency back again to bondage.

I think it’s a fair assessment to place America somewhere on the bottom half of this disturbing cycle.

How did we get here? And more importantly, what can we do to turn our nation around before it’s too late?

Join me this Sunday at Living Stones Church at 8:30am and/or 10:30am for some answers. If you are unable to be in our worship service, please enjoy this message via our podcast at www.lstones.org.