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LETTER: President sent during time of upheaval

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In the Old Testament, present-day Israel was divided into two kingdoms in approximately 1000-900 B.C.: Israel in the north and Judah in the south. Then in approximately 722 B.C. the kingdom of Israel was conquered by Assyria and the people were deported to other lands. In 586 B.C. the kingdom of Judah was overtaken and captives were taken to Babylon.

So what does this have to do with America? Actually America has a lot in common with both Israel and Judah. Both of these kingdoms worshipped the Sovereign Almighty God; America was worshipping the Sovereign Almighty God in the beginning. Both kingdoms eventually left God and worshipped other gods; America is leaving God and worshipping other gods.

They violated the Ten Commandments, did not fear God, sacrificed children (we call it abortion), had sexual relations of all descriptions and let substances control their minds. Rather than worshipping God, we worship sports and entertainment figures. Instead of building churches we build arenas and stadiums to hold 100,000 people so we can spend the Lord’s Day getting drunk, cook on a grill and watch a football game.

There are too many examples to list here and they all have one thing in common: they involve leaving the Sovereign Almighty God and going our own way.

In the case of both kingdoms, God sent other nations to take them captive and into exile. Prophets had warned the people it would happen but they ignored the prophets, just as we ignore the ministers in our churches and some on TV and radio.

It is not likely we will be taken into captivity, but our government can collapse without a strong president, vice president and others. God hasn’t sent prophets to us, he has sent floods, fires, hurricanes, bad foreign relations with other governments, etc.

In the book of Esther, Esther was the queen when her nation was in a time of upheaval. Her uncle Mortecai went to her and told her that she was in the position “for such a time as this.” They needed a strong, honest leader at that time, just as we need the very same. By God’s grace and mercy he sent us the same as Esther in our president.

J. Dudley Davis