#130 Perspective (part 3)

30 April 2001

Last Wednesday morning, I was eating breakfast at Oak Terrace Tea Room, when a sweet sister approached me with Bible in hand. "I am reading from Lamentations today", she said. "It reminds me of our nation". This sister saw more than many see today. Though we would not confuse God's kingdom with this great country, we must confess that there are many parallels between the weeping prophet's words to Israel of old and what is happening in our nation today. Our enemy is not without. It is not people from other countries who laugh at us and our God. Our enemy is within. It is the erosion of Biblical values that honor God and His Son. As God gently removes His restraining grace His is saying, "Come back to Me". Jeremiah saw it. He preached, he pleaded with God's people. Yet, that is not what they wanted to hear. They threw the faithful prophet into a pit. He wept. "WHAT SHALL WE DO" So, what should we, as individuals do? We might say, "I am just one person; one family; one speck in the mass of humanity. What difference can I make in the midst of all that goes on today? What would the Lord have me to do?" That very question was put before John the Baptist as he preached repentance, "And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him to likewise." To the publicans he said, "Exact no more than that which is appointed you." To the soldiers he said, "Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages." (Luke 3:10-14). John did not tell people to overthrow the Roman government. He did not tell them to have a demonstration in the streets. He did not tell them to try to change things through political maneuvers and power. His answer was a personal one for each individual. They were to search their own hearts and lives and leave the greater matters in the hand of the Lord. Today, I see God taking His big hand and raking it through the smoldering coals of this country that once burned brightly for His truth. He is searching for a few live coals, a few burning embers that will give Him honor. Salt and light, that is what He is after, witnesses for the truth. A little salt and a little light goes a long way. We do not know what the future may hold, but we do know who holds the future in the palm of His great hand. When the old prophet thought he was left alone and God's altars were broken down what was God's answer, "I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace"-Romans 11:-4,5. Seven thousand was a small remnant compared to the teeming millions in that day. That is where I want to be found. Not among the majority, but among a remnant who honor God and are interested in His perspective of it all. Let us pray this day, that God would bless and heal our nation. Let us be faithful to His house and His people everywhere. 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.