“Sir, have you no shame?” …This question is said to have been used during the questioning of Sen Joseph McCarthy by Joseph Welch during the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954. In reality, this question was never posed to the Senator. The actual quote from Welch is as follows… “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_McCarthy)
Although this question may have never been asked in 1954… I believe that now is its time. What better question could bring into focus the current state of the world in which we live?
Today, the murder of unborn infants is justified by the excuse that the unborn are only a part of their mother’s body, when their DNA clearly shows they are a separate human being.
Today, we see the perversion of homosexuality becoming an acceptable lifestyle, while standing against this sin is being publically described as “bigoted” or “hateful” by “gay rights” groups.
The immorality of conceiving a child out of wedlock, is being trumpeted as valued female independence. Deceit, in order to advance in the workplace, is now a fact of life and looked upon as a sign of being “aggressive” or “hungry”.
Cheating on the part of our professional athletes has become as common as the lies that are told to cover up the cheating.
The removal of God’s Word from our schools, public places and government is being explained as being “politically correct”, while in reality it is “spiritually wicked”.
A multitude of sins are excused away with no thought of assigning responsibility, nor punishing the wrongdoing.
The morals that used to receive honor and respect are now looked upon with ridicule and distain.
The list goes on and on.
Does our nation not see the shredding of our moral fiber, and the resulting shame we have brought upon ourselves? Do we not, even now, feel the grave results of this type of behavior in our nation? Do we not see how we have taken the morals graciously given to us from our Lord, and trampled them under foot?
Again, may I ask “Have We No Shame?”
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. (Jer 6:15-16)
Long ago the prophet Jeremiah, under the inspiration of the Lord, addressed this issue of a nation who no longer felt shame for their evil deeds. In the context, Jeremiah addressed the Southern kingdom of Judah, by calling their attention to the heinous sin that had overtaken their society. What was that sin? They had left the truths God had given to them, and began living according to what seemed right in their own eyes. (Provs 30:12) (The condition of Judah during this time period mirrors the condition of our country today.)
Jeremiah 6:15-16 is a short part of the message that The Lord had given Jeremiah to speak to the people of Judah…
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush:
One of the main problems in Judah was lacking sorrow for the sin they were committing. They had become so hardened toward their Lord, that they were able to commit sinful acts with no shame, nor regret. It was as if they no longer cared about their Lord’s desire for their nation, but had chosen to turn their back on Him. In doing so, they were living according to their own set of morals and became blinded to the desires of their God.
therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
This is the path they had placed themselves on… the path of imminent destruction. Remember, the Lord had graciously given them His law to aid them and keep them pure and safe. The morals of the Lord are beneficial to those who live by them. When Judah chose to turn their backs on His laws, they were turning their back on their own safety, security and aid. The Lord would now allow them to continue down the path of their choosing until they would end up as captives to the empire of Babylon. Who was to blame for their downfall?… only Judah. The Lord had shown them the way of safety, they choose to depart from it, and in doing so, they were writing their own ticket to captivity.
This is the exact condition of our nation… we are going down a path that will eventually lead to our downfall. We can see this on every hand as our nation struggles with economic, political, security, environmental, and most importantly, spiritual ills.
Thus saith the LORD,
The Lord gives the only true solution to the problems that Judah was facing. This solution is divided into three distinct parts:
Part #1 – Stand ye in the ways, and see
Recognize the condition they were in. By looking back at their history and God’s past blessings to them, they would be able to clearly see the sinful acts being committed in their nation. They could recognize how horribly they had trodden on His gracious acts for them. By remembering the blessed times, they could see all the blessings that had slipped away, and the grave situation they were now facing.
Part #2 - and ask for the old paths, where is the good way,
After seeing their need to turn from their wickedness, their next step was to seek out the truths of His Word once again.
Part #3 – and walk therein,
It is not enough for a nation to “go through the motions” of religion. The truths of God’s Word must be applied by the citizenry. As the members of the nation turn back to the old ways and realigning their lives to follow God’s Word, you have true national repentance taking place.
and ye shall find rest for your souls.
It is only this type of sincere, practical acceptance of the laws of God, that a nation can be delivered from its downward spiral of disobedience and loss of blessings.
THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION
For our Nation….
But they said, We will not walk therein.
What a sad conclusion Judah came to, after all of the Lord’s patience, after His grace and kindness towards them, they failed by not seizing their opportunity for repentance. When push came to shove, they could not bring themselves to turn from their ways and seek to do what was right.
Just as Judah had reached a point of decision making before God, so, too, our nation is facing the same time of reckoning. With the current economic, political and spiritual problems in our nation today, we now see the handwriting on the wall. There is very little doubt as to what our nation faces if it continues on the path it has chosen. Now is the time… The Lord has placed before our nation a simple, yet extremely important choice, it can be summarized by the following two passages…
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! …
Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” (Isa 5:20-24)
“If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;…
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2Ch 7:13-14)
United States, which path will you choose to follow?
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