Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
Does it bother you to hear Thanksgiving Day referred to as "Turkey Day"? And to watch what was once a serious week of national thanksgiving to Heaven metamorphose into an extended sales pitch for Christmas profits?
Heaven is not far away; God is a personal heavenly Father who is concerned. He gave an infinite Gift to humanity, in His Son. He loves us as individuals but He also keeps an account with nations and with empires (we have now become an empire). Empires have always been held responsible in judgment according to the light and advantages that Heaven has given them. The godlessness that now pervades this nation could not be judged so seriously were it not a post-Christian phenomenon.
Although our Thanksgiving Day was not officially set aside until by President Lincoln, there were calls to national prayer and thanksgiving even in the time of President Washington. The nation was conceived and nurtured in a culture that was significantly permeated with the godly fear that dominates the King James Bible. That's where our Constitutional principles of liberty originated.
What is the future for such a nation that has lowered itself to become post-Christian, post-godly fear? Militarily the world's most sophisticated and powerful, could it see itself mirrored in "the fall of Babylon" chapter of Revelation 18? It's a very healthy experience to re-read that solemn chapter and to note that it is actually the poetry of Jeremiah chapters 50 and 51 virtually rewritten in its modern application.
Let's not overlook history. Upon us "the ends of the world are come" (1 Cor. 10:11). Jefferson's separation of church and state is right, but the state still desperately needs a church that is spiritually sensitive to, and repentant before God. Parallel with the Gotterdammerung of Revelation 18 is Christ's earnest call to "the angel of the church of the Laodiceans" of chapter 3. It's time to be alert.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: November 28, 2003.
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