New Year’s Eve Disappointment

We planned to bring in the New Year with a time of reflection on the scripture and prayer, but my children wanted to watch the ball drop in New York first. I figured our time of prayer could be just as meaningful at 12:05 as it would have been at 12:00. We turned on the television just in time to hear the conclusion of a song, watch the ball drop to the countdown of the New Year, and watch everyone kiss (well, maybe not everyone, but there was a lot of it going on.). I’m all for kissing, as long as I’m kissing my wife, and I suppose welcoming in the New Year with a little smooch is not a totally bad thing. The disappointment came when the host of the show returned to the street to show two men kissing. I was so naïve that I didn’t think it was two men, even though my kids insisted on it. I had to rewind the broadcast and watch it again. I just
couldn’t believe they would show two men kissing on national television. I was wrong on all accounts. It was two men kissing, and I have no doubt that it was all staged in an attempt to make a statement.

My thoughts for some reason went back to the recent school shootings and everyone’s question about why God allowed that to happen. I think my mind went there because I can’t help but feel that the actions of the United States seem to point to the fact that we don’t want God around. While God loves the homosexual, the Bible is real clear that homosexuality is a sin. Can we expect God to bless a nation that condones sin as a lifestyle choice? There are now a total of nine states that have approved of same-sex marriages. Can God really be God and bless America? One gay couple was married on New Year’s Eve in Maryland, and USA today quoted 68 year old James Scales at the conclusion of his “marriage” to
his gay friend: “It’s just so hard to believe it’s happening.” He is right about one thing; it’s just so hard to believe it’s happening! I do not believe
that a country who blatantly thumbs their nose at God should expect God’s blessing and protection. Once God’s hand is removed from a country, the door is opened up for all kinds of evil. School shootings may just be the tip of the iceberg. If you read the Old Testament, you will see that many times it would take several years for a nation to realize God’s judgment had been passed upon them. Is it possible God stopped blessing America and started judging America years ago, and we are just now seeing the beginnings of what it’s like to live outside of God’s blessing?