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GOD BLESS AMERICA?

Pastor Ralph Ovadal
Monroe, WI
September 11, 2002

(FOREWORD: Thanks to American Independent Party (California affiliate of Constitution Party) nominee for Insurance Commissioner, Steve Klein, for forwarding this article our way...

The following article by Pastor Ralph Ovadal will appear in the September 11 edition of the Monroe Times, a daily paper published in the city where Pastor Ovadal's church is located. The article was originally written at the request of the Capitol Times, a liberal Madison, Wisconsin newspaper which will be publishing comments from pastors regarding September 11. The Capitol Times edited the article down and will be publishing it on September 11, apparently in pursuit of balance. The Monroe Times will publish the article as it appears below.)

GOD BLESS AMERICA?

Some Observations by a Christian Pastor on the Anniversary of 9-11 "But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD." Jeremiah 12:17

The terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 was a great, corporate tragedy for our nation. It brought sorrow and loss to many on an individual level as well. This is a reality which must not be minimized in any way. At the same time, in light of that tragedy, it behooves this nation to take a long look at herself in light of God's commands for the governance of nations and the everyday behavior of the citizens of nations.

These days, most Americans believe that the Bible is irrelevant, especially those portions of it dealing with God's judgment. The men who founded this nation rightly believed otherwise. George Washington warned, "The propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation which disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained." George Washington was a Christian. In his diary, it can be found written, "Direct my thoughts, words and work, wash away my sins in the immaculate Blood of the Lamb and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit . . . daily frame me more and more into the likeness of Thy Son Jesus Christ." Washington believed in the one, true God revealed in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible. Because he knew the Bible, he understood that God will not bless a nation where His law is not honored. Quite the contrary: God's holiness demands that He eventually curse such a nation as is demonstrated by numerous biblical warnings. The Scriptures make it clear that even Israel, God's chosen people of the Old Testament, would suffer His judgment if they rebelled against His law. Israel did rebel against God, and eventually that nation did reap what they sowed. But first, in His mercy and love, the Lord sent prophets to warn of the wrath to come if repentance and reformation did not take place in the land. Americans would do well to read the words of the prophet Hosea, spoken to a people who had become coarse, hard-hearted, and lawless: "Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood."

I would submit that today God has a controversy with America. We have become a nation where the immutable truth of God's Word is mocked, twisted, and ignored, a place where grievous sin is celebrated, sexual anarchists march in the streets to "declare their sin as Sodom" (Isaiah 3:9), and the people are taxed by the government for such outrages as Planned Parenthood's assault on life, morality, and parental authority; a place where licentiousness masquerades as liberty, and murder is dressed up in a costume of compassion. God's Word warns that He hates the shedding of innocent blood; and yet every day, thousands of the most innocent and defenseless Americans, the preborn, can expect no mercy either from a government which condones and facilitates their slaughter or from their own parents who have decided it is more convenient to kill than to care. America increasingly is populated by a coarse people, a sexually immoral people, a dishonest people, and a cruel people. Every day, America looks more like Israel of antiquity prior to her judgment and destruction. All of this, of course, is the direct result of having so little true knowledge of God in our land, which in turn has come about because most Christians are more interested in building big church buildings and indulging themselves in any sort of worldly diversion rather than taking God's Word into the public square to contend for truth, reprove the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11), and "teach all nations" (Matthew 28:19).

God cannot and will not bless America as long as her people and her government insist on living in open rebellion to His holy law.

As a pastor, a minister of Jesus Christ, I have a solemn duty to warn that God does indeed have a controversy with America. God cannot and will not bless America as long as her people and her government insist on living in open rebellion to His holy law. God has repeatedly warned that individuals, and nations, reap what they sow. For instance, through Hosea, God reminds us that "blood toucheth blood." In other words, bloodshed accommodated births more bloodshed. Likewise, depravity begets more depravity; and lawlessness brings more of the same. Beyond all of that, and most importantly, the Scriptures warn that God's judgments are "true and righteous." America's leaders, religious and civil, once understood this simple truth. For instance, in his Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln mourned the tragedy and loss of the Civil War. At the same time, he also portrayed it as being the judgment of God upon America for the vile institution of slavery.

As a Christian pastor, my message to America today is simple: read Deuteronomy 28 and watch the nightly news. Watch as news anchors report the latest natural disasters using such phrases as "worse ever" and "record setting." Listen as they report new terrorist threats and actual attacks and new life-threatening diseases and viruses. Watch, listen, and understand that God's wrath is being poured out on America in gradually increasing measure. Those Americans who truly love their families and this nation would do well to turn to the Lord in repentance, put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and follow Him. As for Christian Americans, our prayer for our beloved land should echo the great patriotic hymn: "America! America! God mend thine every flaw. Confirm thy soul in self control, thy liberty in law."


Pastor Ralph Ovadal
Christ the King Church
P.O. Box 771
Monroe, WI 53566
608-328-4841

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