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I feel that I am no longer part of this world. It has become more obvious day by day that this is not my home.

Laurie and I learned a song during our time of fellowship with a group of Christians called the Christian House (See last week’s article): This World is Not My Home. Here are the first few lines:

“This world is not my home
I’m just a-passing through
My treasures are laid up.
Somewhere beyond the blue.

The angels beckon me
From heaven’s open door.
And I can’t feel at home
In this world anymore.”

When I became a Christian, I knew that I was to sin no longer. No more drugs, drunkenness, or sexual immorality. The Lord took away any previous desire I had for those sins. It was not difficult to avoid them. He was separating me from the world. As I continued in my walk with Jesus and began reading the Bible, I came across these verses:

“Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:4–5).1

I will admit I was never quite sure what the Lord referred to when He told His people to come out of Babylon, represented by a whore, but I think it is becoming clearer by the day. Within the last twenty years or so, the sins of this country have become so egregious that I have come to the point where I no longer feel a part of this land I have loved all my life. A majority of the population in my country think it is okay to kill babies, have sex before marriage, commit adultery, and practice homosexuality. In fact, except for adultery, all of these sins are encouraged. Chastity is ridiculed. To pass laws to protect unborn children from being murdered is condemned as fascistic. Rejecting homosexuality is considered bigoted and unloving. In spite of these human positions, the Lord has judged nations that commit such sins.

“You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation that I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I detested them” (Leviticus 20:22–23).

Which sins did those ancient nations commit? Idolatry. Incest. Adultery. Homosexuality. Child sacrifice. Why are we less deserving of God’s judgment than they?

We are not. We have rejected our Savior and Creator, and we are now seeing the results of that rejection. He has given us over to what our sinful natures desire. In our fallen state, we actually think our sins will bring personal happiness. Instead, they bring more darkness and death. The rapidity with which this has transpired is stunning, and the general acceptance of our citizens of these sins is stunning as well.

However, I have not surrendered my hope for the United States. I pray that the Lord will forgive us. I pray that He will send, in His great mercy, a spirit of repentance on a massive scale to this country which I have loved so dearly for so long. I invite you to please join with me in intercession for our country.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (2016). Crossway Bibles.

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