by Miles Seaborn

Proverbs 14:34

Intro: Many of us remember Ruth Graham's comment
of a few years ago that says, "If God doesn't bring
judgment on America soon, He will have to apologize to
Sodom and Gomorrah."

The truth contained in that sarcasm is all the more
pointed to us today. Soaring divorce and crime rates,
the mounting death toll of slaughtered unborn. Sexual
morals, so permissive as to be perverted are just a few
of the most visible manifestations of our unrighteousness.

The fact is, as one man said, (Chuck Colson)

"We're a nation overrun by hordes of little tin gods
all made in our own image. Their charge is being
led by the crown prince of self riding his shining
golden calf. Our various sin springs from one common
cause, We do precisely what we want to do, answering
only to ourselves and the whims of our desires."

Mrs. Graham is absolutely right. What in the world is
God waiting for?

Many Christians keep one eye cocked anxiously on the
skies watching for signs of God's wrath--droughts, earth
quakes, plagues. Or perhaps Mt. St. Helene, a preliminary
rumbling of things to come. We tense as each crisis
cross our TV screen, and then when the med flies are
sprayed into momentary extinction or the volcano is
quiet, we all heave a sigh of relief and breath easily

But deep inside I suspect we all know that we deserve
God's judgement.

A perfect God cannot tolerate flagrant disobedience.
We must be living on borrowed time.

So our churches fill up with more and more people
professing to be born again while the sins that so grieve
and offend Almighty God continue to grow and expand.

And no matter how much incense we may burn in the
Shade of stained glass windows and hallowed organ music,
the stench of that sin overwhelms the smell of the incense.

Religion is supposed to cheer our ills; yet the more
religious, the more these sinful conditions worsen.

I. GOD ...

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