Summary: I preached this message the Sunday before the 2008 elections on 11/4/2008
LEST WE FORGET GOD by George Crumbly
Humphrey UMC 11/02/2008AM
Psalm 9: 17
(This message was preached on the Sunday before the elections on 11/04/2008)
Tuesday is a very important day. I had challenged each of you several months ago that you needed to do 3 things before the elections, 1.) Register to vote. 2.) Study the issues. 3.) Vote.
Study the issues. Contrary to popular demand the elections of 2008 ARE NOT about:
The economy, Main Street, Wall Street, War in Iraq, Gas Prices, Immigration, Employment, Govt. Bailouts.
The issues are as they have always been about morality. Too many folks will vote for the candidate they feel will best suite their own needs. Our world appears to be circling the drain. Yet God is in CONTROL. No one man or one group will be able to save our country.
Matthew 6: 33 “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all of these things will be added unto you”.
When we as a nation become more concerned about morality rather than money then I believe God will pull us up.
Psalm 9: verse 17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God”.
If there is one thing I believe America has done over the past years? Forget God. When we as a nation forget God then it my friend will COST US….I believe we have forgotten God and I believe it is costing us.
The attitude of our nation? “IF IT FEELS GOOD—DO IT” If they are going to take “In God We Trust” off of our currency they should replace it with “If It Feels Good Do It”.
DEUTERONOMY 6:10-12 “And it shall be when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildest not, and houses full of all good things, which thou fillest not, and wells digged, which thou digest not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantest not, when thou have eaten and be full; then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage”.
BEWARE!!! God has done Great & Mighty things for us….BEWARE lest we forget!! Look around, God has been so good to us, He watches over us, He takes care of us. We are in deed the GREATEST NATION ON THIS EARTH……but…..but…
We’ve become more concerned about money…more concerned about things….Look at what it has gotten us. We can’t blame it on any one President or even any one political party, whose fault is it? It’s our own fault “if it feels good –do it” we have forgotten about God.
We’ve lived in goodly cities-which we didn’t build,
We’ve lived in houses filled with good things—which we didn’t fill,
We’ve drank from digged wells—which we didn’t dig,
We’ve enjoyed vineyards—which we did not plant.
Today is not the first time man has forgotten God….
Genesis 6: 5-6 “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, and it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart”.
God created man in his own image, in his own likeness yet He is sorry He had made man. He destroyed the earth and all man because man had forgotten God…..
Genesis 13:13 “But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.”
God told Abraham to leave as he was going to destroy Sodom because of how man was living. Abraham pleaded with God that if he could find any righteous person in Sodom would he spare it. If he could find 50 righteous people would he spare the entire city? He could not find 50, or 45, or 40 all the way down to 5….He could not find 5 righteous people in the entire city.
Jeremiah 3:21 “A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten their God”.
I wonder if God looks down today 2008 and see’s the wickedness, the immorality, the violence, and the meanness and I wonder if he is sorry he created man?
The wicked shall be turned into hell and the nation that forgets God…..As Christians we have got to love what God loves and hate what God hates….It’s not about democrats, republicans, independents, libertarians, Methodists, Baptists, Nazarenes, Arkansans, Floridians……..
It’s about God. His way. Not my way or your way but His way….
II Chronicles 7:14 “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”.