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Copyright 2018 by Wayne Stegall
February 19, 2018.  See Document History at end for details.

No Peace

There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.  (Isaiah 57:21)

This starting word speaks to a difficulty felt keenly by many in America.  It does not speak only of a lack of peace in the nation, but the Hebrew word shalom encompassing the entire of well-being and prosperity speaks much more.

Many lament that America has lost its way and its prosperity.  And those who are not aware think the cause political and its solution as well.  But God is the author of true prosperity.  Consider these old testament promises.

But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.  (Deuteronomy 8:18)

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.  (Deuteronomy 28:2)

But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:  (Deuteronomy 28:15)

The concept of biblical prosperity is not confined to the Old Testament only.  Since these principles are eternal, Jesus has restated them in terms of grace of which the following might be the best summary.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  (John 10:10)

In this light, Jesus's concern for the poor is to redeem them from poverty, not just to help them in that condition.  Thus the "gospel to the poor" is not just the message of salvation through repentance and faith but rather that the redemption that follows will qualify them to be blessed with an associated prosperity.

God has previously blessed America to get prosperity to those who love Jesus and obey his commands and others have reaped the benefit.  Note that God would bless a foreign nation to prosper Jeremiah.

And seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.  (Jeremiah 29:7)

So too, much real Christian faith America was present from its beginning for God to bless, and others prospered as well because of it.  All of this in spite of some things of which sensitive people are now ashamed.   Now this prosperity is gone.  The advance of various sins has ruined it for us.  Now satan would prosper his people instead.  Satan gained this advantage because much of the church has turned to the unbelief of bible criticism and used it to justify personal sin as well as much of that of the world. Now there is a smaller group of believers to bless and hatred of them has much of the system bent toward denying them their place in society.  If people like Martin Bashir who said someone should defecate in Sarah Palin's mouth will fight the prosperity of God's people, do they stop the hand of God from blessing any in America at all?  Perhaps so.  Then again the policies of such work the very poverty they claim to combat.  Indeed it is a sign of the operation of the curse of poverty that those who do not obey the gospel advance principles that produce poverty by advancing sin and laziness.

What are we to do?

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Surely you say: the wicked hold the guilt, why should the church repent?  Because a church without faith has no power to live a godly life much less to redeem society.  Then also it is obvious that some in the church are in complicity with this wickness.

And they have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is no peace.  (Jeremiah 6:14 NASB)

Meanwhile we are distracted from the real issues of life by political theater.  Will pursuing the Russians for what Russians are expected to do get Hillary and her accomplices off for actual election tampering at Trump's expense?  I hope not.

1See related article:  Salt Required.

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