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Does America Blush Anymore?

September 04, 2016

When is the last time that you were so embarrassed that you blushed at something that went against the core of who you are as a Christian? Seriously, can you point to an occasion(s) where you were so incredibly overwhelmed and convicted that you had to bow your head in shame and acknowledge the error of your ways and/or the ways of your countrymen? Can you quickly refer to a situation(s) that was so deeply profound that you knew it was going against the very nature and moral character of an Almighty God? In other words, the situation stopped you dead in your tracks and made you feel uneasy to the point of being “red-faced.”

Let me help you! Perhaps there was an event, conversation, comment, television show, improper joke, thought, lifestyle, or song that was demonstratively anti-God where it impacted you to the point of shame-faced-ness. There may have even been a conscious decision to use the liberty that we have in Christ as an occasion for the flesh that made you ashamed. Have you found yourself running swiftly down the road of iniquity and perdition only to get entangled in the quicksand of life?

Let me be blunt. American doesn’t blush anymore because she is attached at the hip with our culture, period. This includes born-again believers who would consider themselves fundamental in their beliefs. We have become so desensitized to sin, it just doesn’t bother us like it used to. The aggregate exposure to the sinful ways of this world has conditioned us to be comfortable with the culture. However, we sure can talk a good game on Sundays. We talk like we are living holy and righteous lives to perfection, all the while deeply entrenched with worldly lusts, habits, and thinking. God help us!   

In the Old Testament, when Ezra and Jeremiah looked around, they also saw the blatant disregard for the holy and righteous nature of the Lord our God. All of the training, teaching, counsel, encouragement, correction, and commands slowly dissipated to the point where the Israelites started to look just like the culture. At the time, it appeared that the Israelites were actually creating the wicked culture that God told them to avoid.  They were involved in mixed marriages with heathens (Canaanites, Hittites, and others), idolatry, and other forms of pagan worship and ritualistic sin.

However, what is even more saddening is the role that the leaders of that day played in that development. Our Judeo-Christian forefathers decided to sit on the sidelines of life and do nothing, or at the very least they participated in creating the mess they were experiencing. Generation after generation had slowly drifted by where toleration, inclusivity, and the allure of sin took root, creating callouses so tough that any resemblance of holiness was now gone.  In two verses of the book of Jeremiah (written below), the Lord indicated that “neither could they blush.” Ezra himself was so ashamed that he had trouble lifting up his face.

Ezra 9:6And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

Jeremiah 6:15Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

Jeremiah 8:12Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

What an indictment coming from the Creator of the world, God Almighty! He was telling them that they were so consumed with worldly pleasures and the sins of this world that He would cast them down. However, in order to fully understand the severity and depth of the indictment, we must first explore what those natural and moral Godly characteristics are that were mentioned earlier in this chapter. It is only when we get an up-close and personal glimpse of who He actually is in comparison to our lowly human state, that our hearts should be melted before Him. 

God’s Natural Characteristics:

Omnipotent – He is an all-powerful God. No one can resist His authority and rule over the universe. He alone has the power to reign on-high! Because of His omnipotence, His will on this earth will ultimately be accomplished.

Omniscience – He is all-knowing. As the Alpha and Omega, He knows all things. He knows the thoughts and intents of the heart of mankind. His thoughts and wisdom are beyond human imagination.

Omnipresence – God is everywhere all at the same time. He is an active participant in the lives of Christians everywhere to the fullest extent of His being, endeavoring to mold them into His image.   

Immutable – God never changes. He is the same since the beginning of time. This consistency of character gives faith and hope to believers. He does not lie, exaggerate, or change the essence of His character. We can truly rely on the great “I Am.”

God’s Moral Characteristics:

Merciful – God withholds the things that we do deserve. In our natural sin state we are guilty before the judge of this world. He mercifully stayed our execution when he sent His Son as our substitute on the Cross of Calvary.  

Grace – God’s unmerited favor. There is nothing that we can do or add to our salvation experience to gain favor with God. It is a free gift bestowed to us from above. This favor rests in the unfathomable love for His children.

Love – This love is so intense that He sent His Son to die for us. This love demanded that He turn His back and separate Himself from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Since God can’t be in the presence of sin, total separation was required from His Son when Christ died and was in the belly of the earth. This was an agape love that will only be completely understood when we are with Him in heaven.

Truth – God is truth. Absolute truth begins and ends with His Word. God’s Word was verbally inspired and is without error. Simply put, the Word of God is perfect, as He is perfect!

Justice – He is the judge of this world. God hates sin. The only sin that He will not pardon is the rejection of His Son. His standing as judge is without argument based on the essence of who He is. He created the laws that govern the universe and beyond, and as such it is He who stands supreme as the ultimate judge.

Righteousness – God will always do what is right. His divine nature doesn’t allow Him to be less than perfect in all of His ways. Since God does not make any mistakes, His righteousness will always prevail. 

Holiness – God hates sin because His character is consumed with holiness – a state of being that demands excommunication from the evils of this world.

His holiness can be defined and supported by many of the words in the following verse of Philippians.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Yes, America needs to get to the point where she blushes again. She should blush because people like Ezra and Jeremiah and others are willing to step out and cry against the ills of this present culture. She should blush because we have Christian leaders who are empowered by the Spirit of the Living God to take up the cause and fight. However, primarily she should blush because she comes under the conviction and shame of her sin by the impact and awakening that the Word of God stirs in her heart. She should then fall prostrate before Him in the shadow of His wings to restoration and glory!

Oh, that America would start blushing again!    


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