In their song, Sympathy for the Devil, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones sing from the perspective of Satan. As you read the lyrics, you get a history lesson on the devil’s influence in world events.
The last verse always catches my attention:
“So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politeness
Or I’ll lay your soul to waste, mm yeah”
How could and can the devil demand our sympathy for him after the long list of atrocities for which he proudly claims responsibility? It’s because we, specifically Christians, are complicit in these crimes.
I have said numerous times that abortion still exists in America because the Church allows it. If every pulpit and pew across America were to demand this hideous crime to stop, it would end overnight.
Yet for that to happen, true repentance must come. It must come first in our lives individually, and then corporately in the body of Christ.
“…and turn from their wicked ways…”
The Hebrew word for “turn” is shuwb (shuv, rhymes with move) and it means “to restore, recompense, recover, to return to, to turn back.” It is the same word used for repent and turn found in Ezekiel 18:30:
“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord God. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin.”
“…so that iniquity will not be your ruin.”
Our nation is in ruins. If the Year 2020 has taught us anything, we are not the people we think we are. The Church is not the body it thinks it is. Churches have closed up across America, many never to return.
Why should they? Their god is government, which they obey rather than God.
Do you think God will hear their cry when they won’t even assemble as commanded by God?
Will He hear you and me if we cry out to Him?
He will IF we do as He commands.More on that tomorrow in our last post…