At home, the country is in shambles. The treasury is bankrupt, there are no disaster plans in place, faith in the political system is nil, the price of fossil fuel is skyrocketing and there is no orderly transition plan to sustainable energy, lowlying cities are drowning, there is no organized opposition with plans to set things right.
We had better start praying:
Psalm 79: 4 We have become the reproach of our neighbors,
the scorn and derision of those around us.
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.
Many are prophesying doom for the US. We have stirred up great hatred against ourselves in the Muslim world, and provided a ready-made recruiting and training ground for urban guerillas in Iraq. Our economy is teetering on the brink of a crash. The corruption in our federal government is deep and wide, and our voting machines are rigged.
A sizable portion of our citizenry is locked into a suicidal religious psychosis called the rapture cult, which believes in burning up the environment, leading to a nuclear armageddon.
Most People of the Book are taught a bloody event at the Last Hour, Armageddon, is required to fulfill scripture. However, as a general rule, prophecy is completely misunderstood. Prophecies of doom are warnings. They will be fulfilled, but it's the manner in which they're fulfilled that matters. Figuratively (peacefully), or literally (mass destruction). It's our choice. How we respond determines the form of fulfillment-life, or death. This principle is spelled out in what I call...
Jeremiah 18:7-11 (NIV);
7 If at any time [including Revelation] I announce
that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed,
and if that nation I warned repents of its evil,
then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.
9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted,
10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it."
Verses 7-8 say when God makes a prophecy of doom if we heed the warning and repent (destroy what we're doing wrong.like foreign policy) we'll be spared, but 9-10 says if we ignore Him we'll be destroyed literally.
If we Americans are to be spared the worst, we had better return to the path of justice, truth, and love for our neighbors. To start with, we must impeach Bush, Cheney, and the other criminals in high places. We must elect a new, clean Congress that will represent the people rather than cater to the military/energy corporations that are sucking us dry and leading us to disaster. We must make amends to other countries, and take our rightful place as a nation cooperating with other nations to benefit the planet as a whole, and solve global problems.
In the name of the Prince of Peace, Carol Wolman