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David P. Smith: Mahmoud's Warning
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 9:37 AM

 

Mahmoud al-Zahar, the chief of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, recently stated that "It is well known, any state without morality will not survive. Morality is not only having money. Morality is having justice. You are not implementing the justice."  (Read more: Hamas chief declares: U.S. empire will fall).  Mr. al-Zahar brushed off his own acceptance of Islamic Sharia law which certainly influences the behavior of his people in Gaza where the only Christian bookstore was shut down after its owner was killed. 

While al-Zahar is no friend of the United States, he does understand some things that we would do well to heed and change our ways in this country.  Many times in Biblical history, God used the enemies of Israel to help His people learn that they were dependent upon Him.  While God always held Israel’s enemies accountable for their actions, He allowed them to overcome Israel so that a remnant of Israel would turn back to Him.  Our enemies are speaking, but are we listening in this country?  Are we instead dismissing them and feeling that we are invulnerable and secure in spite of the general departure from God in America?   

Mr. al-Zahar is no prophet of God, but we do have true prophets of God in our country who also warn us and try to convince us to repent, turn back to God and live according to His ways.  During the time of Jeremiah, Israel’s leaders didn’t want to hear the words of warning that the prophet had to bring them.  They labeled him a traitor and treated him very harshly for the words of truth that he brought which God gave him to speak.  Jeremiah 1:14-16, reads, “Then the LORD said to me:  ‘Out of the north calamity shall break forth On all the inhabitants of the land.  For behold, I am calling all the families of the kingdoms of the north,’ says the LORD; ‘They shall come and each one set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls all around, and against all the cities of Judah.  I will utter My judgments against them concerning all their wickedness, because they have forsaken Me, burned incense to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands’” (NKJV).  Those prophets of today who keep warning Americans of the impending judgment that we face if our nation doesn’t turn back to God are treated in a similar manner and ignored by most who want to listen to the Hananiah’s of today who only preach prosperity and what people want to hear.  Even Judah’s enemies knew of the impending decline and destruction while King Zedekiah and all but the remnant refused to believe the truth.   

Will history be repeated in America where there will be continual decline until we are no longer what Ronald Reagan described as the “shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere”?  Will we heed the voices of the true prophets of God in our own country during a time when even our enemies understand history better than we act like we do?  Now is not the time for the faint-hearted, but for those who have the God-given strength and courage to speak the truth and take actions to turn our nation in God’s direction. 

 

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