If the media was not so deluded because they reject God and obsessed with attacking Trump then they would run Op-Ed pieces like this.
God wagers a great risk when He creates each and every human being. God refuses to violate our free will so the risk is that we will do significant evil instead of good. He also risks the fact that someone He created will never acknowledge His creating them nor the bridge that His Son provides.
And so we get both ends of the spectrum. A person like Mother Theresa chooses great good. And unfortunately a man chooses evil and the Las Vegas massacre happens.
Sin is a matter of violating the design and intentions of our Creator. God did not design one human being to take the life of other human beings in a wanton and malicious manner.
The Las Vegas massacre is a very nuanced matter. There are many factors to consider.
But in the mix is this axiom to behold, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,” which is a verse in Psalms in the Bible. And since these mass murders and terrorist attacks keep plaguing our country then that should give us great pause to consider why. It is false to say God would cause something like the Las Vegas massacre. But there is this dictum of God removing His hand of protection from a nation that has turned their back on Him. There is this deception and fatal consequence for a groupthink that supposes man can depend on his own righteousness, merit and self-sufficiency.
There is also this principle in the Bible, “yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” So if Stephen Paddock’s father chose the evil of robbing banks, broke out of prison, was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list and had the diagnosis of psychopath, then we have a perfect and catastrophic storm brewing unless there is some sort of intervention.
Las Vegas and its surroundings are not known for producing specimens in right standing with God. So Las Vegas nurtures the son of a psychopath with the vices of gambling, “escorts” also known as prostitutes and alcohol. This elixir can produce nothing but evil.
As obnoxious and messy as they are, politics do matter, which is why we Christians keep proclaiming annoying but vital truths such as Second Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
I am not saying Republicans have answers – they do not. I am saying God does. And modern liberalism is nothing but a strong delusion. Give no regard to the myopic subterfuge called “the separation of church and state” which is not in the Constitution. If you want answers that matter about the tragedy Las Vegas then ask the God of the Bible who gives wisdom to those who seek Him with all of their heart.
I believe Israel was God’s chosen nation. They entered into a covenant with him to be his people. They had a theocracy, not a democracy or Kingdom. In my view, if we have a theocracy in the United States then the government will begin persecuting those who do not believe the things they say they believe.
I do think though, that God does judge the nations. He showed that in the Old Testament. He spared some nations from Israel because they were not fully evil yet. The thing is, persecution and force when it comes to religion is evil. So if Christians want to rule the United States in order to force their beliefs on others, that is evil.
The manner in which the “Christians” in power in the United States act is not the way Jesus would act. They have elected an evil man and are now joined with him. They are working with Satan. The Christians of old did not join with Rome until around 300-400AD, if I recall right. They then began persecuting those who would not join with the Roman Church. They murdered and burned people for hundreds of years. The Dark Ages. They chained the Bible and did not let the common people read it.
I agree on the theocracy comment. A theocracy in America would be a disaster which is why our Founders created our three branches of government. However, I do think Christians should influence all levels of government. Liberals desire to shut us up but our voice has just as much a right to the public square as anyone. The Johnson Amendment is a disaster and complexly unconstitutional. Satan desires that Christians keep everything about themselves limited to four walls and a roof on Sunday morning. Christians should oppose that in a fierce manner.
Regarding Trump, we did not elect him because of his virtues, but to keep corrupt Hillary out and to drain the swamp. Politics if anything is a war of ideas. I wish we would just elect a strong, virtuous Christian to clean things up but we never seem to get there. So it is always a matter of compromise and more often than not choosing the lesser of two evils.
I understand what you mean about the lesser of two evils. I see it as choosing evil. Both parties had evil running for President. I know Christians wanted Trump because of the Supreme Court and to get rid of abortion. But his life exudes evil and it looks like he really would like to be a dictator. But I would have to write a book on why I think he is very bad for the nation. If he goes, we will have Pence, who wants a Theocracy. So there we go. Thanks for sharing your opinion.
I’m a Christian and a sort-of liberal. I don’t agree with the Democrats all the time, but I know uniting Church and State will bring persecution. First, the gays, then anyone who disagrees with the State Religion.
I believe Saturday is the Sabbath day of the Lord my God. Today, I have the freedom to worship God on that day (well, I worship him every day). If church and state unite, it won’t be long until Sunday laws are passed. I will be persecuted because I don’t believe Sunday is a holy day.
I dont believe in infant baptism, I don’t believe in making gay people stop having sex and getting married. Paul said we don’t judge those who don’t belong to our church. I don’t believe ther is a hell wher God tortures people forever. I don’t want anyone telling me what to believe.
But, it is going to happen. It will be the final persecution right before Jesus returns. If we don’t obey the religious laws, we won’t be able to buy or sell. If we go along, we will receive the mark of the beast, which is a persecuting power acting like the Catholic church did when they tortured and burned alive millions of people during the dark ages.
The day that we worship the Lord is not nearly as important as the concept that we at least have a Sabbath to reflect and worship… whatever day it is.
Well, if we look at how the Boy Scouts have been ruined, how the definition of marriage has been ruined, how a Colorado Christian is sued into oblivion for not baking a cake for homosexuals, how Christian florists are sued en masse for their beliefs, how immoral parades take place all across the country, how transsexuals are blurring the lines of God’s designs regarding males and females, and how alternative lifestyles are taught in schools, then I am inclined to agree with God regarding the immorality of homosexuality rather than what you posted.
You do not have a Biblical understanding of Hell. I just do not understand how Christians come to conclusions that do not line up with scripture.
The reason there are so many denominations is that even though we read the same Bible, we interpret it differently. I don’t expect everyone to interpret the Bible the way I do. As for gays, even if we think they are great sinners, Paul said, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.” I don’t care what homosexuals do. It doesn’t affect me. If they get married, it isn’t any of my business and hasn’t affected my marriage. I don’t agree with those who sue people who won’t serve them. God wouldn’t want us to sue people. As for Sabbath being the day of rest, it is one of the Ten Commandments. The day matters to God because it commemorates the day he rested and he said it is a holy day. We don’t have the power or right to change one of the Ten Commandments. The Catholic Church did and they had no right to do it. But thanks for writing. I appreciate hearing your side of things.