Thursday, January 14, 2016

Is It Because There Is No God In Israel?

The other day as we were travelling back from Tallahassee we stopped at the Chick-Fil-A in Lake City.  I overheard two gentlemen at the table next to ours discussing church, worship and Bible study.  
As he stood up he noticed that I was wearing my Ted Cruz, Florida Team t-shirt and he began to engage me in a political discussion.  I would guess from his appearance and discussion that he was part of America's  middle class.   He said that he liked Cruz too, but that he had three top candidates that he was considering.  Those candidates were Cruz, Carson and Trump.  
I said to him, "I heard you talking about church and worship so I take it you are a Christian."  He told me he was.  My reply, "May I encourage you to vote Biblically?  We need a Godly man in the White House."  The conversation went back and forth for a minute or so and he ended with this, "Yea, but with Trump we will all have jobs!"  
The middle class is hurting.  Many are working two jobs to try to keep up with the life style they had 8 to 10 years ago, and yet, still falling behind.  I believe that what the Christian middle class see in Trump  is a very rich man telling them that he will give them work.  Work they so desperately want.  That desperation keeps them from seeing anything beyond that.  
That conversation left me asking this.....does the Lord want to return us to unbridled prosperity without repentance?  It is our selfishness and abandonment of God that has led us here.  I personally do not think he does.  Should we go that route there is bound to be long term, disasterous consequences.  Which led me to the 2 Kings 1:3 passage.
Ahaziah was king of Israel.  He fell through the roof in his upper chamber and became ill.  He sent messengers to inquire of a foreign god to see if he would live or die.  The messengers were intercepted by Elijah, a prophet of God, and they were confronted with the question, "Is it because there is no God in Israel?"  The king's messengers were sent home with this answer, " shall surely die."  
The king had put his trust in other gods, not the true God of Israel.  That trust brought death.  
When I read this passage today, I was taken back to my conversation with the gentlemen in Chick-Fil-A and his response, "Yea, but Trump will give us all jobs!" 
Is There No God In Israel?  Is There No God in America?