Summary: Compares Israel to the USA from Isaiah chapter 1.
THE PRIMARY PROBLEM IN OUR COUNTRY TODAY 8 12
I thank the Lord for allowing me to be born in the United States of America. I am grateful that He allows me to live in a country where we do not have to have security guards at every store and barbed wire around every yard. I am grateful that I live in a country where I do not have to wonder when the power is going to go out, if I’ll have internet service throughout the night, and if gas will be available tomorrow.
I am grateful that I live in a country where I know I can purchase food tomorrow, water will still be available, and it will be clean enough to drink. I thank the Lord that I live in a country where we can have screen on our windows, ac in the house, and a car parked in the yard. I thank the Lord for living in a place where we give clothes to Goodwill that people in other countries can only dream of owning. I thank the Lord for allowing me to live where most of our citizens fish for recreation, instead of necessity; where many allow food to fall from their trees and rot, and rags are used for dusting instead of for blankets.
I thank the Lord for medical care, paved roads, and public education. I’m grateful for cel service covering most of our land; fire services and Law Enforcement being just a phone call away, and most of citizens owning multiple phones. I’m grateful that I can drive for most of a year, without worrying about having a flat tire.
I’m grateful that our youth and children can walk most of our streets without fear, and that I can travel without worrying if I’ll be kidnapped. I’m grateful that we have a military that can whip most folks who threaten us, an economy that other countries only dream of, one of the most highly understood languages in the world, and freedoms that many will never see this side of heaven. I am grateful that we can have elections and transference of power from one party to another, without bloodshed.
I am grateful that the majority of our youth have the opportunity to get an education before they have to work full time, that none have to work in sweat shops, and that most have the opportunity to be children and play before they have to face the adult world. I thank the Lord that He was gracious enough to allow me to live in the United States of America.
We have been truly blessed. Tell someone, “GOD HAS BEEN GOOD TO US”.
My friends, God has been good to us.
God has been good to us, but let’s be honest; we do have some issues in our country.
I. ISSUES IN OUR COUNTRY
1. We are having some weather issues – We are having some issues with the weather in the United States.
A couple of days ago I talked to a friend of mine in TN. He lives near the Mississippi River. He told me that he recently sold his boat. Now, I didn’t know he had bought a boat in the first place. You see, my friend is blind. He can’t pilot the boat himself, so I wondered why he had bought it in the first place.
He told me that last year, on the day he bought the boat, the Mississippi River had tied for the highest it had ever been in the area where he lived. The Army Corp of Engineers had every dump truck in the area, pressed into service hauling gravel to the levy to keep it from breaking. Even after he bought it, the river rose another 1 ½ feet, setting a new record. He bought the boat because he was concerned that the town he was living in was going to flood.
He sold the boat last week, because of the drought. In one year the Mississippi has gone from it’s highest to nearly the lowest level it has seen in recorded history. Many places in our country are suffering from the drought.
Food prices are going up. Livestock feed prices are also increasing, so the cost of meat and eggs will soon be increasing. Gas prices have already increased, partially because of the corn that goes into the ethanol.
We are having some weather issues.
2. We are having some moral issues –
This past week I had to go talk to our insurance carrier. The church’s insurance just increased by $1,600 per year. The largest part of that was due to hurricanes and other weather-related issues, but part of it is also due to the moral issues sweeping our country.
Every one of the people who work with children in this church will now have to have a criminal background check. There are so many perverts and people trying to prey on our children that our universities are not the only one’s suffering. And by the way, one of the primary similarities you find in the backgrounds of those professing to be homosexuals, is that they were sexually abused as children or teens.