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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

God Bless Everyone

I was driving from one cleaning job to another last week when I came upon a car with a bumper sticker that said, "God Bless Everyone."  I took a quick peek at the driver to see if the car was being piloted by Tiny Tim.  As far as I could tell it was not.  But then it was hard to tell who was driving the car as the person behind the wheel was hidden by darkened windows and seemed to be hunched over his/her PED (personal electronic device), intently sending and receiving texts of great importance I assumed.  Perhaps he/she was tweeting King Donnie. 
As I considered the meaning of the bumper sticker it occurred to me that the driver was expressing discontent with the proliferation of other bumper stickers found upon many vehicles that say, "God Bless Amerika" and "God Bless Our Troops."   I found myself in general agreement with the driver who was disturbed by the act of calling upon the God of the Bible to bless the citizens of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika simply because they are citizens of the SDA.  Such an action reeks of the presupposition of Amerikan exceptionalism as well as denying the fundamental theological truth of original sin.  It also borders on blasphemy as it invokes the God of the Bible to bless a nation that has murdered tens of millions of its own citizens in abortion mills as well as tens of millions of stinkin' foreigners in wars of imperial expansion.
I was unable to get on board with the program of asking God to bless the citizens of the world however.  As I thought about the idea that the God of the Bible should be invoked to bless all of the citizens of the world it suddenly occurred to me that He has already informed the citizens of the world of His intentions when it comes to the subject of blessing.   For those of you who are unaware, the Bible is the revealed Word of God and its contents accurately describe the totality of God's will for human beings.  Mixed in among many different topics found in the biblical texts is God's opinion about whether He will bless or curse the majority of the citizens of the world.  Let me give you a couple of those texts and you can form your own opinion about God's plans for our future.
Matthew 22 is a chapter that records some of Jesus' teachings on the Kingdom of God.  In particular it contains His teachings about the relative number of people who are members of the Kingdom of God compared to the number of people who will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.  He describes the process by which the gospel is preached to the entire world but the citizens of the world have no appetite for it, rejecting both the truth claims of the gospel and the Person of Jesus Himself.  He concludes by saying, "For many are called, but few are chosen."  This is one of the clearest passages in all of the Bible to prove the doctrine that the vast majority of humankind are damned because of their refusal to acknowledge Jesus as God.
The biblical book of Revelation, for those not blinded by the absurd and contradictory doctrines of Dispensationalism, gives the clearest answer to our question.  The book is arranged to be a series of seven different descriptions of the history of the world, each given from a different perspective.  Each begins with the start of the Christian Church and concludes with the end of human history.  During the period of time between those two events, which has stretched on for 2000 years now, God describes many things that will take place.  Paramount in His description of what will take place during the period of time in which we find ourselves is the truth that enormous numbers of people will be killed by three primary protagonists:  the sword, famine and disease.
Revelation 9 describes how a third of mankind is to be killed by the sword, famine and disease.  (Other passages describe how a quarter of all mankind will be providentially executed in exactly the same fashion.)  It also describes the aftermath of God's providential dealings with mankind.  Verse 20 says, "And the rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands...and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts."   In other words, God brings judgment upon men in a vain attempt to get their attention and cause them to stop worshiping the Beast of civil government.  Man hates God and despises His truth so they make the irrational and voluntary decision to enslave themselves to the Beast who, incidentally,  is quite pleased to kill off millions of human beings via war, starvation and disease.  Men would rather murder foreigners, murder unborn babies, commit adultery, and force the top 49% of the income population to pay all federal taxes (theft) than submit themselves to the revealed will of God found in the Bible. 
The history of mankind has been one of constant war, as various despots at the head of various governments wage war against one another perpetually.  The citizens of the lands over which these tyrants rule are the canon fodder for their wars.  Hundreds of millions of human beings have been killed in this way.  God says that it is His revealed will that these things take place.  Socialism and communism have starved hundreds of millions of the citizens of the world.  The starvation associated with socialism is a just punishment for those who believe in the power of civil government to manage the economy and cause all human beings to live in peace and prosperity.  God will not be mocked. God demands all worship be directed to Him alone.  Those who do not worship Him will be destroyed, in one way or another.
God has told us His plans for our future.  His plans consist of bringing temporal judgment upon the entire world by means of the Beast of civil government.  The Beast will kill people through war, starvation and the diseases associated with war and starvation.  The reason God kills so many human beings is directly related to their stubborn refusal to acknowledge Him as God and bow down before Him in worship.  I think you can now see the problem with the bumper sticker exhorting the God of the Bible to bless everyone.  He has already said that He has no intention of doing so.  Indeed, He has said just the opposite.  What we see around us every single day is the direct outworking of His sovereign decree to condemn the majority of humankind to the Lake of Fire for eternity.  If you want to avoid that future for yourself you would be wise to repent of your sin and worship the God of the Bible.

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