How many times each day do I say “that’s too much?” The grocery clerk hits the total key and I gasp, “Oh my goodness. I didn’t realize I spent that much.” I step on the scales and realize those cookies I gobbled yesterday expressed themselves in two additional pounds. Overnight. A new house, a new car or even a new suit or dress seem to be twice-times-double these days. And I repeat, it’s all too much.
The nightly news broadcasts problems everywhere—at home and abroad. Hideous crimes plague our nation, our homes, and our families, tramping underfoot moral and spiritual values. Our children and grandchildren are forced to confront problems, situations, and people they should never have had to face.
The entertainment industry wallows in the depths of depravity and beckons us to join them. And many do. The definition of marriage has been defiled and this nation is going the way of Sodom and Gomorrah. The number of aborted babies since Roe v. Wade numbers fifty-four million and counting. The City of Chicago is a killing field with more murders there than have been military casualties in Afghanistan. Human slave trafficking in the United States traps untold numbers of our children and teens each year. All of these things are too much.
Politicians, regardless of party, and judges have taken oaths to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America but are openly passing legislation shredding our liberties and ripping apart the Constitution to ideologies of a rogue minority. Responsible financial stewardship is a lost concept in government and in our families. Checks and balances that were established to maintain a democratic government, forbidding any one of the three branches to force power on the other two has been demolished. And the Congress of the United States of America has allowed itself to be neutered because of their greedy grabs for power that are changing the face of America. Forever.
“When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2 NIV).
Yet when I turn on my computer to write this blog I’m advised to entertain you with pleasant antidotes, endearing personal stories, and to use pictures. Lots of pictures. And, for goodness sake, they say, don’t sound preachy and don’t use too much scripture. I’m told audiences don’t have an appetite for the truth of the Word of God. These experts say it’s okay to gently point folks to God and to the Word, but anything with enough meat of the Word that folks could chew on and receive nourishment from would be too much for them to swallow.
So how much is too much? And how much is not enough?
Look at the state of our nation and our homes. Could it be each one of us have not shared enough of our Lord’s words with our neighbors. Or could it be we don’t know enough of His Word to share?
Are we going to recognize, before it’s too late, that we have moved God’s ancient boundaries? Boundaries He established to protect us and keep us in a position to receive an abundance of His blessings. The Lord God has called His people to come apart and be different. To be holy as He is holy.
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8 NIV)
The Old Testament is the historical text of Israel choices to be like everybody around them and when God rescued them from slavery, they even wished to return to Egypt. After centuries of warnings, mercy and grace, God finally said that’s too much and He sent nations to carry His people out of their land and scattered them among the nations. And for centuries the Jewish people have paid an enormous price for their rejection of God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
But God is a faithful covenant keeper, even when we’re not.
God delivered our forefathers from religious bondage and brought them to America. He gave these courageous men and women the freedom to worship Him in any manner they chose. And they gave their lives to establish this great nation—One Nation, Under God. The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and the blood of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution calls us to consider our path; to repent and return to principles and precepts of God so that He can hear our cries and heal our land. It’s all there in the pages of His truth, folks. People of God—we are the problem.
“If My people, who are called by My name, will 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 NIV).
Bible surveys demonstrate how little Americans read and know the Word of God. Even many within the church know more about Downton Abbey than they know about God’s story. It’s evident that we can’t live and teach our children what we don’t know.
If you or I had the cure for cancer we’d be shouting it from the rooftops. We have the remedy for all of the sins of our nation and our people. The Scriptures are our road map. But we remain silent.
Unless God’s people get serious and repent, learning to live in the power of His Spirit so we don’t fulfill the deeds of the flesh, living to bring honor to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and living so that the nations will know that He is the Lord–America will not survive.
So please tell me, how could we ever have too much scripture? When we stand before God how will we explain our loss of appetite for the truth of His ancient Word? Words preserved for us by the blood of the prophets. Our actions shout like those Jewish exiles, we’d rather go back to Egypt. Because obedience to Your Word, God, is just too much.
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4 NIV).