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Bad Judgment Brings Judgment 10/10/2008

We are witnessing the consequences of unprincipled, self-serving, manipulative actions. It seems some people do not believe that we reap what we sow; so, “professing ourselves to be wise, we become fools.” As a matter of fact, this same passage goes on to say that those created by God forsake the proper respect and worship of the Creator and begin to worship what was created by this mighty God. Certainly, earth worship is at a peak.

Over the last several decades, this nation of ours has moved from a commitment to work faithfully, like a good farmer, and expect a return. Wise laborers understand the importance of preparation, effort and dedication to faithfully oversee what has been entrusted to them. The farming principles apply to everyone -- we work, we plant, then we reap. Of course, unexpected interruptions, uncontrollable pestilence and unpredictable weather affect the harvest, but that’s when good neighbors stand up, step forward, reach out, and help. When we legitimately care for each other, we willingly work together. We don’t take advantage of each another because we’re not driven by greed. Our free market system has been based upon taking capital, investing it wisely and waiting for the expected return (with the understanding that certain rude interruptions occur).

By necessity, we depend on one another. But recently, greedy men have preyed upon the underprivileged and the unsuspecting. Politicians have made promises that cannot possibly be fulfilled in a responsible and sensible manner. Consequently, we are rapidly moving toward socialism, where we become the property of the state and depend upon the government. The “village” not only raises the child, but cares for the adults, too.

People extended their finances beyond their means while some mortgage lenders manipulated people beyond their ability. We have become a nation of self-absorbed, self-serving people, including many of our leaders, who have no discernment. Now the government is taking control of the financial sector but when did government do anything well? Why don’t they just focus on protecting our nation and our citizens?

We weren’t wise enough to investigate Middle Eastern flight students with no interest in learning to land. We missed the seriousness of their intentions when they attacked the World Trade Center in 1993. Our lack of wisdom and discernment cost us dearly on September 11, 2001.

The Bible refers to people whose consciences are seared with a hot iron, whose “bellies” have become their god. Many Americans are governed and controlled by compulsive appetites. Such control makes it impossible to be sensitive, discerning or wise.

If we are not careful, we will soon fail to recognize the importance of a strong military defense and a capable strategic military offensive. We will forget that there is a real enemy and that on occasion we must fight the right fight for the right reasons, in the right place, at the right time and in the right way.

People who have the ability to discern will recognize that much of the media does not report the news, but pursues a radical agenda. They mock anyone, including leaders, who advocate prayer and divine guidance. They ridicule and deride anyone who would dare make an issue of faith.

This nation was founded by leaders who professed their faith and defended it – even some who willingly died for it. As a matter of fact, many of our founders sought freedom from oppressive governments that refused to allow them the freedom to believe as they wished and benefit from their work. Freedom of religion and free market economies go hand-in-hand.

We are facing judgment for the mistreatment of people, a misunderstanding of the free market system, and a dangerous attraction to socialism. We have seen the horrors of the Soviet Union and we can look 90 miles south of Florida to see the dismal effect of communism in Cuba where people suffer under oppressive rule.

I continually cry out to God that we may come to our senses as the foolish prodigal in the New Testament and get out of the mess we have made and return to the wisdom of our founding fathers and God the Father. I urge you to join me in prayer, too. If you have not signed up for 30 days of prayer, now is the time. Visit and help lift up our nation in this critical time.

Author: James Robison

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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

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