While most people enjoyed time with family and friends having a day off on January 1, 2013, no man’s property or livelihood was safe. Congress was in session working so very hard to avert the so-called “Fiscal Cliff.” We the People are going to pay the fiddler for Congress and the White House dancing all year. Most of us–translated 80%–will pay about $1,600 each more in taxes, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Early estimates by the Congressional Budget Office are that the deal will actually raise the national debt by another $3.7 TRILLION dollars. So we pay more, the national debt increases, and the government grows and grows more powerful at our expense.
Hard to believe that the streets are quiet in America. The Founding Fathers started a revolution against the most powerful military force in the world over a two-cent tax on tea. We just get up and get ready for the next day as if it is all good. We have become slaves to our own system. Christians make excuses such as “give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” or I am part of God’s kingdom, not a country–or whatever. So excuse away! Keep playing that fiddle. Play it until there is nothing left of it. Because that is what will happen if we continue allowing these scoundrels to make it appear as though they are “gridlocked” and have no choice when in actuality they are in cahoots and use imaginary crisis to get what they want. Real gridlock would be five million people converging on Washington, DC, demanding accountability.
Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Of course the context of the verse is that we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. Christ died for our sins, we are no longer in the bondage of sin. But hear this: the spiritual bondage of sin is certain to be manifest in physical bondage. The farther away we fall from YHVH, the closer we come to bondage. It is in this that we as a people, as a nation, who have the freedom to select our leaders, are entering into bondage because of the choices we make, the apathy we live. Our political choices are reflected by our spiritual choices and the consequences are before us.
In these perilous times we must begin acting according to The Great Commission. If so done, hearts will be changed; Ways of life will change; Leadership will change; The nation will change. But it will take more effort than what has been done in the last 50 or more years. People will have to know the Word, not just accept some preacher’s or intercessor’s self-indulgent extra-biblical interpretation of the Word. We must engage society, which can’t be done from within the four walls of Laodecia.
The political leaders of our nation acted in infamy on January 1, 2013. Will the spiritual leaders continue to act in infamy by ignoring the prophetic consequences of their works? Romans 13:12: The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” Our destiny individually and as a nation is in our hands, not satan’s, not some politician’s. It is us who will someday stand individually before the God of creation. Let not be heard the words of infamy–”Depart from me, I never knew you.” But rather, let it be heard famously “Well done, good and faithful servant.”