The sins of Washington, DC.

Scripture:
Son of man, are you ready to judge Jerusalem? Are you ready to judge this city of murderers? Publicly denounce her detestable sins, and give her this message from the Sovereign LORD: O city of murderers, doomed and damned — city of idols, filthy and foul —  you are guilty because of the blood you have shed. You are defiled because of the idols you have made. Your day of destruction has come! You have reached the end of your years. I will make you an object of mockery throughout the world. O infamous city, filled with confusion, you will be mocked by people far and near. – Ezekiel 22:2-5

Observation:
The LORD gave this message to the prophet Ezekiel to be delivered to the people of Jerusalem and Judah. Just as Israel had gone after other gods and turned their hearts and backs on God, Judah went and followed in Israel’s footsteps. The LORD was passionate toward Judah more so than Israel because of his love for David and the sons of David who kept his commandments throughout the ages. However, the kings of Judah became no different from the kings of Israel, who never remained faithful to the LORD.

Application:
Washington and America do you not hear the clarion call that the LORD has sent us? He sent messengers of doom and hope to woo you back to him? He has tried at length to turn your hearts back to the Creator and Founder of this once great nation; however, your sins demonstrate that your hearts are far from God. You have no real desire to repent and turn from your evil ways. Like the ambassador John wrote in his revelation of Jesus, you have made yourself the great whore of Babylon. You have made the merchants of the world drink from your cup of wine and become drunk on your lustful and sensual ways. You have polluted the world with your prostitution. You are not the virgin daughter that the LORD formed and created over 200 years ago.

The LORD sends you this message that your day of reckoning soon approaches! The LORD will send warriors of a different kind into your midst to bring about his judgment upon this nation. You have offered your children to the god Molech upon the altar of the doctor’s table when you murdered them in the name of pro-choice. You have given your hearts over to the god of Mammon (money) and pressed the homeless and less fortunate to make your wealth and riches. You flaunt your military and technical prowess around the world only to have it one day be crippled and made the laughing-stock of the world.

The LORD has seen enough of your vile stench that you call good. You vainly attempt to make the world love you through your “charitable” acts of sending aid and comfort to those around the world while you rob those that live in your own borders. You lie to your people and tell them that peace and prosperity are looming on the horizon while your very economic base is being prepared to be overthrown and made of no account. This is happening while the world looks at you and laughs at you behind your back.

The LORD calls to you but for a short while longer to return to him and repent of your sins and make him the God of your people once more. If you continue to rebel against the Sovereign LORD, then there is no hope for you but a certain and swift judgment that will befall you. The LORD doesn’t want anyone to perish in and because of their sins. No, he says to turn from them and repent and come back to the One who gave you this physical life but wants even more to give you eternal life through the gift of his only Son, Jesus. Will you turn from your wickedness and accept the love gift that God offers you? The choice is yours.

Prayer:
Father, thank you for warning us of the impending judgment that our nation faces. You are giving your people more time to reach as many of the lost before you judgment comes upon this nation and shortly thereafter the world. You stated a long time ago that you would not contend with man forever. You destroyed all life once by water and have reserved the flames of fury for the second round. Help me to be more than just a megaphone sending out the message of judgment and hope. Help me to be a light in the darkness that demonstrates your holy power to heal and raise the dead and to see people converted and made part of your family and kingdom. Nevertheless, not my will but your will be done, LORD. This I ask all in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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