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“Peace, Peace!” But Will There Be Peace?

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I have been thinking much lately upon what I take to be the utterly foolish political, economic, and social policies of the United States. When one looks merely at the common knowledge facts of our country, one must be slapped awake. We murder over a million of our unborn children each year on the altars of idolatry. We kill even more of our unborn children in the name of “science”, “healthcare”, and “compassion.” Our government is spending literally trillions of dollars that we don’t have, and somehow expecting that her citizens will not follow her in her unconscionable, prideful, and foolhardy spending habits. We are a people drowning in personal debt in order to support lifestyles we cannot afford, and our political leaders tell us we have a “right” to it all. And we believe it. We’ve hardened our hearts such that almost half our marriages end in divorce and we’ve enacted policies that virtually guarantee the destruction of the family. We glorify, celebrate, and engage in all manner of sexual immorality in our TV shows, magazines, internet, and movies. Our urban centers flow with blood from gang violence, drug trafficking, and assorted other vices. Our schools have banished Christ and the teaching of moral knowledge, and then we’re dumbstruck by widespread cheating, rape, sports idolatry, and violence on our college campuses. As Dallas Willard has said, “In the United States of America fifty thousand little children disappear every year, most never to be heard from again, perhaps to be sexually abused and killed or enslaved. We now have six hundred thousand young men and women under the age of sixteen who earn their living as prostitutes. In the United States a black market for children is reported to exist where a white male child has a going price of $30,000, with other types going for less” (The Spirit of the Disciplines, p.223). Our courts have ruled that our laws must be secular and that our public policies must be shorn of any and all connection with biblical truth. We send our troops to various places to fight, but it is not at all clear what good end we have in mind by sending them. It’s one thing to have such vice, and quite another to add pride and haughtiness such as we have here in the United States on top of it.

Much more could be added, but these come off the top of my head, and struck me again as I read Ezekiel 28. Though Ezekiel’s prophecy relates to “the ruler of Tyre” in particular, might we not take a warning from it? For certainly God would look upon us similarly when we behave as they do. Should this not humble and sober us? Judge for yourself:

1 Then this message came to me from the Lord: 2“Son of man, give the prince of Tyre this message from the Sovereign Lord:

   “In your great pride you claim, ‘I am a god!
      I sit on a divine throne in the heart of the sea.’
   But you are only a man and not a god,
      though you boast that you are a god.
 3 You regard yourself as wiser than Daniel
      and think no secret is hidden from you.
 4 With your wisdom and understanding you have amassed great wealth—
      gold and silver for your treasuries.
 5 Yes, your wisdom has made you very rich,
      and your riches have made you very proud.

 6 “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
   Because you think you are as wise as a god,
    7 I will now bring against you a foreign army,
      the terror of the nations.
   They will draw their swords against your marvelous wisdom
      and defile your splendor!
 8 They will bring you down to the pit,
      and you will die in the heart of the sea,
      pierced with many wounds.
 9 Will you then boast, ‘I am a god!’
      to those who kill you?
   To them you will be no god
      but merely a man!
 10 You will die like an outcast[a]
      at the hands of foreigners.
      I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

 11 Then this further message came to me from the Lord: 12 “Son of man, sing this funeral song for the king of Tyre. Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord:

   “You were the model of perfection,
      full of wisdom and exquisite in beauty.
 13 You were in Eden,
      the garden of God.
   Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone[b]
      red carnelian, pale-green peridot, white moonstone,
      blue-green beryl, onyx, green jasper,
      blue lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald—
   all beautifully crafted for you
      and set in the finest gold.
   They were given to you
      on the day you were created.
 14 I ordained and anointed you
      as the mighty angelic guardian.[c]
   You had access to the holy mountain of God
      and walked among the stones of fire.

 15 “You were blameless in all you did
      from the day you were created
      until the day evil was found in you.
 16 Your rich commerce led you to violence,
      and you sinned.
   So I banished you in disgrace
      from the mountain of God.
   I expelled you, O mighty guardian,
      from your place among the stones of fire.
 17 Your heart was filled with pride
      because of all your beauty.
   Your wisdom was corrupted
      by your love of splendor.
   So I threw you to the ground
      and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings.
 18 You defiled your sanctuaries
      with your many sins and your dishonest trade.
   So I brought fire out from within you,
      and it consumed you.
   I reduced you to ashes on the ground
      in the sight of all who were watching.
 19 All who knew you are appalled at your fate.
      You have come to a terrible end,
      and you will exist no more.”


Written by Michael Duenes

April 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Posted in Duenes, Reflections

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