Copyright© 2014 Lyle Rapacki
America has lost her moral foundation. I could make a case presenting Ronald Reagan as the last true and independent president, but even he felt the strong forces of the international families (Elites); at least Reagan was a Christian and publicly stated this on many occasions with a number of his speeches portraying this fact. From Bush, Sr. onward America has moved steadily away from publicly proclaiming our Judeo/Christian Foundation and Heritage to embrace the tenants of the New-World Order. Today we are a Nation adrift; a Nation quickly losing not only her undisputed leadership position in the world as a force for good, but also a country slipping into a secular humanism not herebefore known in North America.
Ancient Israel walked a similar path, you can read all about this in I Kings 16-19. The Nation Israel was facing many calamities but none so severe as the three year drought and famine. Israel had walked away from God, the leaders worshiped all forms of idols, and their decrees were taking the people further and further from the Laws of God, and integrity was little found throughout the country. Selfish Kings had come and gone, and the present King ordered all the prophets and proclaimed servants of The God of Israel put to death! The King had directed the people to walk in the paths of sin and debauchery, rather than drawing them closer to righteousness. I believe a characteristic of a true leader, a Servant Leader, is one who motivates his people to be all they can, to move toward greatness and the employment of their talents for the good of their fellow man, to walk in integrity, and to walk in the fear and the admonition of the Lord. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a leader like that? Well King Ahab of Israel was a worldly, power-mad, self-indulgent King introducing his own agenda, and it was not a good one! The Prophet of the Lord, Elijah, who had been spared death came before the King and all the other leaders of Israel who were rubbing their hands in great distress over the myriad crisis befalling Israel. Elijah shouted before them; “If the Lord be God then follow Him; if Baal is God (who they were worshiping) then follow him!” This scene is so very much like present day America; how sad…how sobering, especially with what we know about the Founding of our Nation.
Similar to Israel, God led America’s Founders to create a new Nation, under God, indivisible, and with liberty and justice for all. To help accomplish this our Founders used the Ten Commandments as the foundation for law and social order. This is the main reason so many courts had them on display, and now they are removed. This is why the U. S. Supreme Court honors the carvings and references to that God-given decree to this day! God’s Holy Law is the basis for our Nation’s Constitution, but look at what we have done. We have fallen into a deep dark moral decay, and have turned away from the Lord God and His ordinances. Our country, much like Israel in the Prophet Elijah’s day, has become saturated with materialism and selfish regard, sin of every imaginable kind is rampant through the land, and our Nation’s leaders are pushing the people to accept every imaginable false god, and worse! The love of things, the love of self, the gathering of every device known to promote hedonism has also promoted a turning from God’s principles. And the Church in America is strangely silent. With the exception from a pulpit here and there, the Church is busy promoting silence, a social gospel, entertainment, and even disguised Baal worship. This also occurred in Elijah’s day.
Elijah saw all that was happening and summoned the King and all the priests recognized by the state. Elijah told them to decide; either God or Baal! It was an either/or condition! So Elijah told the priests to bring forth their offerings; their sacrifices and place them before the altar he had the 450-state sponsored priests make to their God. He had them build their altar over a mammoth wood pile but forbade them to ignite the wood. Then Elijah said to the 450-priests; “Let him be God who consumes the offerings with fire from Heaven.” And the priests began to dance and shout calling out to Baal, “Oh Baal, hear us!” But there was no reply of any kind. So Elijah called out to the priests telling them to call louder, that maybe their God Baal was busy elsewhere, or talking to someone, or maybe on a journey, or even asleep and needs to be awakened! The priests shouted louder, danced harder, began to cut themselves and bleed for Baal…but nothing. Then Elijah called to the people to watch. Elijah built an altar and a trench completely around the altar. He then had the people douse the altar and wood with four barrels full of water, and then had them repeat the dousing again; and then still again until the trench itself was full of water, Wow…everything was drenched to the core!
Then the Prophet Elijah walked up to the altar and prayed, “Oh Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, prove today that you are the God of Israel….” Then suddenly, a mighty fire flashed down from heaven and burned all the wood, the stones Elijah placed as part of the altar, the sacrifice on the altar, and even evaporated all the water in the trench!!
America needs a prophet today like Elijah. A prophet who will set before our Nation the same test and essential choices. We need servants with honor; men and women who are willing to stand for God, rather than stand for acceptance by mankind! We need servants today who will not be seduced by the lust of office, and who will not allow power and position to go to their head; we need servants who will not lie; servants of the people who can’t be bought – no matter how nice the trinkets! We need men and women who have honor, who will stand with moral courage against the seductions associated with the religion of re-election. If we no longer believe this Nation was founded under God; if contrary to what is printed on our money: “In God We Trust” is no longer the cry…then let’s say so! Let’s at least be honest! We are at a critical turning point as a country, as a once blessed people. We have allowed false religions and false gods to come and influence us into fearful submission and silence. We have allowed humanism in the worse form to come and deny us the right to say in schools, in halls of government, even in church; “Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12). We have allowed witchcraft in various forms to invade the church, as well as the halls of government. The People of God need to decide, all over again: If the Lord be Baal…then follow him; If the Lord be God…then follow Him!
Have the courage to decide! Then go out and proclaim your decision. Let us watch whose altar will be the one lit from Heaven’s Fire!
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