"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body" (I Cor. 5:19-20)
Hey Gang: William Koenig began his weekly commentary, a few weeks ago, on the rapid progression of the United States toward the precipice this week with these words: "End-Time Clock Moves Another Tick". His statement brought back memories of the cold-war days when a group of people, who were up to speed on world affairs, set what was termed the "Dooms Day Clock". I recall at one time it was within five seconds of no longer sounding the alarm but declared the reality that you best have your house in order for the Day of Salvation is coming to a close.
Koenig began his epistle with a plea to respond to Anne Graham Lotz's Prayer initiative, Mayday, Mayday, to pray fervently for our nation. He wrote, "In these days of desperation and confusion, hopelessness, when mountains are collapsing, nations are warring, people are rioting, the earth is quaking, and the enemy is threatening, it's time to cry out to the Lord...NOW?” The prayer initiative has since passed by us, but it is never too late to cry out to God for forgiveness and mercy for the tragic direction our nations has taken.
Her challenge, to all those who love the Lord and this nation was to pray, for nine days between Ascension of Jesus and the Day of Pentecost; these have been biblically and traditionally been days of prayer and fasting for an outpouring of God's Spirit. The time has passed and perhaps you did not know or give that one hour a day to seeking God's mercy and forgiveness for the gross sins of our nation. But how fantastic our God is, He does not place time limits on our prayer life.
It has been said that our President is very concerned about his legacy and has placed all of his eggs in the Iran Nuclear Agreement to repair a very damaged foreign policy. But I would suggest this morning that he has a far greater problem than what the world thinks of him as the leader of the most powerful nation in the world. He, like every one of us, will stand before the judgment seat of God and answer the question, "What did you do with My Son Jesus? And there will be no teleprompters around.
How very sad that our President became recognized as the gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage. In a recent Newsweek magazine article he was nicknamed "The first pro-gay president. He is the first president to use the term "transgender" in a speech, to name transgender political appointees and to prohibit job bias against transgender government workers.
Also included in this week's Koenig report that should not get your feet to dancing, "Girl Scouts of America Allows Boys Who Identify as Girls to Join Troops; Opponent Says Policy is "Slap in the Face to Christian Parents.
If that does not get your attention perhaps this one will, "Our President has called for an end to psychiatric therapies that seek to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender youth.
And last but not least, "Robert Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, urged members to lift the decade-old ban on openly gay adult troop leaders sooner than later" during a speech at the organization's national meeting in Atlanta.
Now can you understand why Bill Koenig's title to this week’s report was " End-Time Clock Moves Another Tick".
It is a little late to respond to Anne Graham Lotz's challenge to pray for nine consecutive days for one hour a day for our nation, but it is never too late to pray for our nation with this in mind: "If My people who are called My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chron. 7:14).