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Written by Jim Jordal   
Thursday, 04 July 2013

A TIME FOR DECISION

By Jim Jordal

"See, I have set before you life and good, death and evil, in that I command you to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish….I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…"

Moses pleads with Israel to heed God’s law as they prepare to enter the Promised Land, Deut. 30:15-19

Poet James Russell Lowell in his pre-Civil War work The Present Crisis, set forth the necessity of national choice between good and the evil of slavery: "Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide; In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side…"

In the Scripture above Moses offers the same choice to God’s people as they prepare to set up a new nation. He urges them to choose God’s commandments that they may live and multiply in the new land. Moses also pronounces national disaster should the people and their leaders depart from God into worshiping and serving other gods. He ends with the Great Choice: "life and death, blessing and cursing;" and the admonition to "choose life, that both you and your descendants may live."

Today many Christians see these powerful scriptural passages as archaic and irrelevant, either superceded by Christ or written for different people in another time and place. Others define God’s commandments mostly as personal and familial in nature, having little or nothing to do with current national and world issues. It’s as the prophet Hosea said, "I [God] have written to him [God’s people] the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing" (Hosea 8:12).

But as wars, natural disasters, and societal breakdown rapidly increase we begin to perceive the truth of what Moses taught: There is a connection between what we do as a nation and what happens to us. We are God’s people whether we know it or not, and we are still subject to the everlasting law of God and the immutable rules of Divine cause and effect, life or death and blessing or cursing.

All around us the present unjust world order is being shaken to pieces. It will soon be replaced by the New Order of the Ages, the Kingdom of God on Earth. But as the day approaches it is vital that we as a nation founded by God make some serious choices about our path into the future.

One of these choices is to decide whether our government will continue as a democratic republic for the benefit of common people or will become an oligarchy of the rich and powerful based on the prevailing values of greed and growth. Will we continue to deny children needed housing, education and even food so that we can cut taxes to billionaires? Will we ignore the cries of suffering families with no real hope of ever rising out of the permanent underclass? Will we continue a military establishment capable of carrying on several wars at once while our infrastructure declines toward Third World levels? All these choices are outcomes of the type of government and power structure we choose.

People of America, it’s time to wake up! The choices are before us---national life and death, blessing and cursing. Christians of America, it’s time to recognize that there is more in the Bible than just personal salvation (necessary as it is) and individual sexual behavior. Churches of America, it’s time to begin preaching God’s message on justice, mercy and right relationships with God, man, and nature.

Wake up America, the dawn approaches!