Have you sensed or is it just me that our times relative to evil are different today then they had been say 20 -30 years ago. Evil has always been present, but it seemed then to be more prevalent outside of North America. Americans were once seen as the home of the brave and the land of the free. Americans were respected and we actually respected each other. We were seen as the liberators of tyranny. Today we are called the Great Satan and are seen by both outsiders and by a growing element from within as Colonialists who have built our wealth upon the backs of other nations. And thus we are hated.
I’m sure of one big difference — we have become a divided nation, and you know what Jesus said about that. Some call me a pessimist, but I’m really an optimistic realist. I have a blessed hope. I also happen to believe the admonitions within scripture. I find that all some Christians want to recognize from scripture is God’s love for them. That mindset I’m concerned can more easily fall into the itching ear category.
Preaching only a God of love to this nation perhaps has lessened the impact of the Holy Spirit’s use of Scripture to admonish, to correct, etc. yet, when I attempt to direct men to scriptures that admonish and correct there is little impact. And please don’t get me wrong because there is no comparison between me and the prophets of old, but I can’t help but think of how the message of God spoken through them was rejected. But even then there was a remnant who listened. So, I fear not for myself — remember I have this hope within me, but I fear for those who’s world view is formed by the god who is only love. The false prophets of Jeremiah’s day only told the people and the kings what they wanted to hear. And it led to the fall of a nation. Revival has always been based on the rediscovery of the Word of God. Without revival God will give man over to a reprobate mind.