Isaiah 60:12, “For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.”
I will allow my voice to be heard alongside the hundreds of thousands who cry for morality to be reinstated in our land. While godly principles can be legislated, their worth will hold little to no value if the people refuse to change. Correct moral conduct begins at home.
We have lost our way as citizens of these blessed United States. To say our moral compass is off center is indeed a gross understatement. We have lost the compass long ago. In our pursuit of the American dream we have abandoned the importance of the family. (Perhaps I need to clarify by giving the original definition of family. When I use the word “family,” I am implying one man and one woman joined in holy wedlock, and when allowed by God, procreation). There was a time in our country when the husband understood the position he held within this family unity. He was known as the head of the house. His responsibility was the welfare of his family. He provided for his family, and his family admired his position. Young boys wanted to grow up to be like their dad, and as the girls sought after a young man, they too looked for someone that had integrity equal to that of their father. Now do you see what I mean when I say our moral compass is lost? The wife in this family unit was equally important. Though she was not the head of the family, she worked in cooperation with her husband. The wife was “in subjection unto her own husband” (1 Peter 3:5b).
Generally speaking, in a morally balanced world, men levitated towards honor while women found satisfaction and contentment in the loving arms of a husband who truly elevated her position to queen of his kingdom. I can almost hear the gasps as that statement is read. Maybe a few passages from the Bible will help you digest that thought. The Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit shared; “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:22-25).
The Creator instituted the family and placed the operators manual in our hands. Sadly, we have readjusted the handbook. I’m dumbfounded at our analysis of God’s guidance when it comes to the family. It amazes me how we think that the clay knows better than the Potter. Isaiah 29:16 NET, “Your thinking is perverse! Should the potter be regarded as clay? Should the thing made say about its maker, ‘He didn’t make me?’ Or should the pottery say about the potter, ‘He doesn’t understand?’” That is exactly what’s happening.
Jeremiah 6:16, NET, “The LORD said to his people: ‘You are standing at the crossroads. So consider you path. Ask where the old, reliable paths are. Ask where the path is that leads to blessing and follow it. If you do, you will find rest for your souls.’ But they said, ‘We will not follow it!’” The response is the same today. Some how we think we know better. The reply to our knowing better can be summed up in an old cliché from the mountains; “The proofs in the puddin.” If you haven’t noticed lately, our country is in a mess.
Isaiah 60:12 made it clear. “The nation and kingdom that will not serve God shall perish, yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.” We’ve been on the slippery slope for quite some time. This attractive broad way will be our demise. Maybe it’s to late for the country, but what about you? The Bible says, “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” (2 Chronicles 7:14). It’s not popular to walk in the path that God blazed, but it’s highly successful. The choice is yours. “Choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).
“Righteousness [right living] exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).