#129 PERSPECTIVE (Part 2)

23 April 2001

Last week, we tried to focus our attention upon God in the midst of our terrors: what is His perspective of it all? It would be easy for us to go back to business as usual. After all, the stock market is coming back, petroleum prices and interest rates are down and the horrors of September, 11th are becoming one of those well remembered scars that have marred the pages of history as they interrupted our busy schedules. But for me, the voice was too loud, too close and the cry too urgent to pass by without a solemn inquiry from the most High: is there something amiss in our great nation? Am I a part of it? WHY GOD IS TRYING TO GET OUR ATTENTION Suppose if you will, that the tragedies of September 11 occurred every day in America. Suppose approximately 6,000 innocent people died in our country… every day. According to statistics, in 1990, 4,383 infants were put to death in the sanctity of their mother's wombs every day. Today, the figure is even greater. Do you think that God is trying to get our attention? I think that He is. David said, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me"-Psalm 51:5. David believed that life began at conception. John the Baptist goes on record as leaping for joy in his mother's womb(Luke 1:44). Would thy have killed a person if he had been put to death before delivery? I remember preaching at a large meeting about nine years ago before an election. I was touching upon this subject and said, "If you vote for a candidate who supports abortion you are pushing the abortion button ... .you are responsible." I know that many voted the dictates of their portfolio rather than their conscience. But what did their portfolio look like on September 11th? I have heard many noble arguments about stem cells, yet of all the arguers, not one has offered their own brain. What about prayer? This last week, I did not hear anyone suggest that we should remove "In God We Trust" from our coins; our songs; or even from our classrooms. It seems that people seem to think that we might just need this God and that we should actively call upon Him again as a nation. Surely, if our nation is truly united, this would be a good time to put prayer back into the school room. I wonder how many school shootings would have been hindered by prayer and intercession? As long as we are putting back, what about that silly notion that there was a God who created the heavens and the earth? Is this the God we are calling upon? I think so. So, are we saying as a nation united that we believe in this God and that He genuinely created heaven and earth. Surely, it would please Him to find this truth in our textbooks. At least have the lie eradicated. Perspective! Does He have our attention yet? Are we going to do more than pick up bricks? Perhaps he would like to see a little Godly discipline. Are we to spank our children or not? Proverbs says we are to love them and discipline them(Proverbs 13:24). They go together in proper proportions. Yet, we dare not in public for we might just be labeled as an "abuser". God help us! I think that is what He is doing! POLITICS As a pastor, I've heard it before. That's politics. You are not to be preaching politics. Keep you politics in one corner and your religion in the other. To that I say, "You are the devil's mouthpiece. That is exactly what he would ask." It was wicked Herod, a politician par excellent, who murdered thousands of babies in search of the Christ Child. It was Pilate who stood before Jesus and said, "What is truth". It was Agrippa and other politicians who slandered the Apostles and jailed genuine preachers of truth. If politics oppose truth, we choose to preach the truth, for there, and there alone will we discover God's perspective! The Lord willing, I will continue next week with "PERSPECTIVE". Come and worship with us at Harmony Primitive Baptist Church, in Donaldson, where God is sovereign, and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Visit our web page at www.primitivebaptist.org/donaldson/ Singing begins at 10:30 each Sunday morning followed by preaching at 11:00. By His mercy and grace, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.