I remember when I was a kid my Mom would ask me to keep my room clean. If I neglected it at some point she would ask me to clean it on that day. If I got too busy playing (you know, important young boy stuff, like playing soccer) and I neglected to clean my room in a timely manner, she would issue a warning. “If you don’t clean your room, I am going to clean it for you!”
Oh wow, that was the ultimate threat! I knew she meant it, she had carried through on her warning in times past. It involved her throwing away so many wonderful things of “great value” that a young boy would collect, things like pieces of string and rope, and broken radios that I just knew I could fix someday. All of those treasure-like things were thrown away. My room was cleaned for me, but the cost to me was enormous. I learned to never push my Mom to the point of her following through on her room cleaning warning.
Fast forwarding now to today (February 9, 2016), God has been asking us to keep our nation’s government clean and orderly, or else He will clean it for us. We have played, we have delayed, and we have finally pushed Him to follow through on His warning to clean our government for us.
There is a Tsunami of legal investigations, indictments, guilty verdicts, and sentencing of politicians (and their aides) coming to Washington D.C. and to many state and local governments.
For much too long we as a nation (“We the people…”) have allowed government officials — especially elected politicians — to ignore “the laws of nature’s God” and the laws of the land. If they are a member of our personal political party, their indiscretions are overlooked in the name of party unity. When a member of another political party ignores the laws, our outcry is not for the sake of righteousness but for political expediency.
To mention ethics is to prompt a response of scorn and laughter, and a charge of being a hypocrite. The majority of our politicians and their inner circle of advisors, assistants, and enablers have lost their moral and ethical compass bearings. Not all of them have, thankfully, but a majority of them contribute to the atmosphere of lawlessness and self-serving unrighteousness by participating in it, or by neglecting to take a public stand for righteousness.
Most everything that happens (or does not happen) among our elected leaders is now evaluated by a political yardstick, by that day’s definition of political correctness, and by the so called 11th Commandment which is to never [under any circumstances] speak against a member of one’s own political party.
I believe that God has begun to “clean our room” for us, and we are not going to like it. The blame however rests solely upon our own shoulders. His cleaning of our nation’s government is going to result in the filling of many trash dumpsters, junk that has accumulated and contributed to the stench of our political tree house.
“’See, I am against you, you arrogant one,’ declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty, ‘for your day has come, the time for you to be punished. The arrogant one will stumble and fall and no one will help her up; I will kindle a fire in her towns that will consume all who are around her.’”
~ Jeremiah 50:31-32
When the indictments come and the sentences are announced, let us respond with sobriety. It is not about political parties and which party has the most or the fewest charges, or how many years of sentencing each political party’s members received. It is about God and righteousness, and if “We the people” had been doing our part things would not have reached this point where God has to clean our nation for us.
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