Wednesday, March 25, 2009

How Do You Like Being the Tail Rather Than the Head?

"The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail. Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.” --- Deuteronomy 28:43-45

At the risk again of referring to that book called the Bible, at least a few would agree that there are interesting and at times very disturbing statements made by God

A large number would deny that Deuteronomy 28 has anything to do with the United States. In immediate context the statements were made to ancient Israelite people who were on the threshold of entering territory which God had promised centuries earlier to their ancestors.

There are those who are quick to point out that this only applied in a historical setting to a different culture and has no application whatsoever to the United States in 2009.

But there may be a few dozen at least – but that matters not – who would agree when it is said that there is an eternal principle in the 28th of Deuteronomy which applies to all humans and all nations – it is called obedience to Almighty God!

Of all countries which have had light and revelation since the beginning of their days, the United States has been most privileged. This republic has had constant exposure down through its decades of history to what God expects of a people on an individual basis as well as a corporate basis as a nation.

You can try to split hairs if you wish over this issue, but a simple question can bring a bit of focus to where we are at. Do we resemble the head or the tail more, when God used a graphic illustration as to how it would be for a nation of people, depending on the choice to obey Him or disobey Him?

Just looking at the financial scene alone tells us quite a bit, does it not? Are we lending out millions upon millions of dollars at the present time to other nations of the world? Read closely the closing reference at the bottom of these comments about lending and not borrowing.

Now read again the opening reference above about an alien who is going to be lending to a people who thought they could ignore the laws of God and still prosper – and the sad consequence is that He will make that people the tail as they plunge deeper into debt!

The nation of China alone holds nearly a trillion dollars of U. S. debt, not to mention many other countries that also hold portions of our debt! And with B. O.’s irresponsible spending patterns, there is not going to be any improvement in this situation.

Someone tried to describe how to picture a trillion dollars, since these amounts in trillions are being tossed around repeatedly these days when government finance is discussed. He said a trillion dollars in $1 bills stacked on top of each other would reach 68,000 miles into the sky – looks like you have to have one of those fancy astronaut suits if you would try to sit on top of the stack, would you not?

Read again how it would have been if we, as a nation, would have been obeying God through the years and our leaders would have demonstrated in personal conduct and conversation that obedience to Almighty God is to be the top national priority. Notice what God says He will specifically do for such an obedient people.

Once again, I rest my case – if you disagree, have a long serious talk with God about it and ask Him if He is going to overlook all of our national transgressions!

It’s no Sunday School picnic being the tail! Do you think that President Obama would heartily agree?

"The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.” --- Deuteronomy 28:12, 13

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