The Second Friday of Advent

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“If you would hearken to my commandments, your prosperity would be like a river, and your vindication like the waves of the sea;
Your descendants would be like the sand, and those born of your stock like its grains, Their name never cut off or blotted out from my presence.”

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The prophet Isaiah lived about 700 years before the birth of Christ but his words ring just as true today as they did back then.  Fast forward to the eighteenth century, to the new country called “the United States.”  In those days didn’t our forefathers (and foremothers) hearken to God’s commandments?  And, wasn’t prosperity like a river?

This land was blessed in every possible way.  We had vast expanses of forests and farm land.  We had everything we needed for a comfortable life. We had valuable natural resources that we didn’t even know what to do with.   We won our freedom against all odds from the most powerful kingdom on earth.  We were a God-fearing people and prosperity flowed like a river.  Our vindication was like the waves of the sea.

Somewhere along the line, sometime after the middle of the last century, we got lost.  A lot of people got the idea that the Ten Commandments are the “ten suggestions” and eventually it was decided that they couldn’t be displayed in the very buildings where the law of the land is enforced.  Suddenly “Thou shalt not kill” became religious speech, not allowed on public property.

Doesn’t it seem that the “river of prosperity” may be drying up?  We’re in the midst of an economic recession unlike anything we’ve experienced in the past.  Unemployment is at an official 10%, but it reality it’s much higher.  We’re  involved in two wars and live with the daily threat of terrorism in our own back yard.  A lot of the rest of the world hates us.  Our vindication isn’t exactly like the waves of the sea.

I don’t mean to paint a gloomy picture because I believe there’s a simple solution to our problems, something that our elected employees in Washington DC don’t seem to understand.  It’s right here in the 48th Chapter of Isaiah, written nearly three thousand years ago.  And it starts right here, with you and me and millions of other Christians.  Hearken to His commandments.

God doesn’t lie.  He promised us prosperity and vindication if we’d do that one thing.  One by one we can set the example.  We can pray that others do the same.  We can get our country back!

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