We Have No One to Blame But Ourselves

Sometimes God gives people what they want.

Israel wanted a king and they got Saul.

America wanted Barack Obama as President…and we got him…again.  America voted and our choice is clear.

The election of 2012 will go down in history as a mark of who we are as a nation and not about who Barack Obama is as a man.  Four years ago Obama was largely unknown with virtually no track record.  People voted him into office on a wave of hope and change.  Now we know Obama.  His track record as president is not good.  He has spent more money and accumulated more debt than any president before him.  He oversaw the first ever downgrade of our economy.  He has failed to submit a budget that even his own party will vote for.  He has catered to the most radically liberal elements of his party embolding them in ways we have never seen.  Remember that no less than 24 speakers at the Democratic National Convention championed abortion to the roar of the crowd.  We were told this election would be about the economy but it was not.  It was about a nation that wants a bigger government who will “take care of them.”  Obama is the “I’ll take care of you president.”  He will make sure women have free birth control.  He will make sure illegals are protected with rights and free from the enforcement of immigration law.  He will stand behind the same-sex marriage crowd being what Newsweek called The First Gay President.  To every minority group, he threw a bone.  And our nation, that is more divided than ever, bit.

So this is where we are.  A severely fractured nation, which looks nothing like John Kennedy’s America where we were challenged to “ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”  Huh uh.  No way.  We want our country to do for us.  From record numbers on food stamps, to taxing the rich so the poor can have more, to free cell phones.  We are a “give me more” nation.

And we have no one to blame but ourselves.  The die for the 2012 election was cast a long time ago by another generation.  In hindsight the re-election of President Obama was inevitable.  In 1962 we said no to prayer in public schools.  In 1963 we said no to Bible reading in public schools.  In 1973 we said no to life and yes to legalized abortion.  These dates are markers.  They signify a national attitude.  It really is a slippery slope.  We have been progressively, as a nation, walking this path toward secularism and self-focus.  The 2012 election may have signified a massive acceleration in the moral realignment of our nation.  In addition to the re-election of President Obama, we saw the legalization of marijuana in Colorado (the measure was narrowly defeated in the “conservative” state of Arkansas) and we saw gay marriage approved by ballot in Maine and Maryland.  This is the FIRST time gay marriage has won “by the will of the people.”

So what will the next four years bring?  Here are some predictions:

  • More debt.  The national debt will grow to at least 20 trillion dollars.  America will be downgraded again.
  • We will continue to see economic turmoil globally because of a declining America.
  • Russia and China will ascend as geo-political forces that rival America.
  • America – Israeli relations will continue to erode.
  • Gas prices will go higher hurting the poor and middle class.
  • The unemployment rate will slog along and will never get to the 5% Obama promised we would see after his first term.
  • Morale in the military will hit an all time low.
  • We will see Americans become poaching targets around the world by an emboldened enemy unafraid of this President.
  • Obama will double down on his liberal agenda.  We will see no attempt to work with Republicans.
  • We will see the attitude toward legalized marijuana grow.
  • We will see same-sex marriage approved by ballot in more states thus marginalizing in new ways traditional values and the traditional family.

The Bible is clear.  God is the one that “removes kings and establishes kings.”  God also, at times in history, gives a nation exactly what they ask for.  We are a nation that has been running from God and from the things of God for more than 50 years.  Are we so naïve as to believe that God would look the other way?  Our nation is what it is and it will be what it will be because this is what WE THE PEOPLE have asked for.  Romans 1 speaks about God “giving them over,” speaking of the way in which God gives a nation over to moral decline when that nation chooses to blatantly thumb its nose at God.  Such nations decline and eventually collapse.  Our nation appears to be on a track of our own laying.  A track of self-aggrandizement, moral decline, religious pluralism, and economic decay.  This track has not been laid in secret but in open for all to see and with the help of what is now the majority in America.

Once again, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

So where do we go from here as Bible believing followers of Jesus?  This too is equally clear:

  • We pray.  We pray for our leaders on all levels of government.  Mayor, state leaders, national leaders, and our President.  Israel prayed for Saul.  We must pray for Barack Obama.  Proverbs 21:1 says that “A king’s heart is like streams of water in the LORD’s hand: He directs it wherever He chooses.” 
  • We watch.  God’s plan is global and historical.  Not national and limited to four or eight years.  Whatever happens to the United States of America will play directly into biblical end time prophecy.  America’s decline morally and economically may very well be what removes us from the biblical landscape.  In addition, keep your eyes on Israel.
  • We act.  As Christians, we are much more concerned about the Kingdom than we are the Nation.  The Church is THE NUMBER ONE instrument of God on earth to change the world.  When it is darkest is when the Light shines the brightest.  “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).  The continuing decline of America morally and economically will yield a harvest of opportunity for the Gospel.  We will need a new generation of laborers for this harvest.

More than ever, this is the season of the Church.  May the Church rise and seize the coming unprecedented opportunity to shine light into darkness.  If we do not, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

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20 responses to “We Have No One to Blame But Ourselves”

  1. Janet Blaylock says :

    Thank you Pastor for your words, I believe you are so right.

  2. Gretchen Gray says :

    I read this article from a friend on FB! You are spot on!!!! Excellent article and perspective. God forgive us for turning our faces willingly from Him, and may our hearts turn to Him once again!

  3. Dave says :

    Maybe Ohio and Florida should be our Mission field? :o)

  4. Judith Lamb says :

    I agree with you wholeheartedly, Pastor Jeff and am so sad today. I truly feel that Christians and Christian values will be targeted even more now that there is a bigger sense of empowerment by him and his supporters. Praying with an aching heart for America and our people.

  5. Jeffrey Bridgman says :

    “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world” (II Corinthians 10:4).

    I think we Christians are just as guilty of looking to the government to solve our problems, “If only we could get enough Republicans into office, they would overturn Roe vs Wade and make gay marriage illegal.”

    You will never be able to legislate morality in a democracy. You can not do that without using fear tactics to scare people into doing right and then we have a police state.

    Let’s stop worry about who’s in office and worry about actually reaching people with the Gospel. The problems of our nation will never be solved by who we vote into office. They will be solved by one changed heart and life at a time, and that requires hard work: daily demonstrating the love and sacrifice Jesus Christ in real relationships with a broken and hurting world.

    • John Calhoun says :

      You nailed it Jeffrey. Thanks for posting your comment. One of the few positive ones on here. Peace be with you brother.

  6. Roy Howard (from Florida) says :

    Well written Bro. Jeff. I can tell much prayer and thought went into this.

  7. Tanjla says :

    A perfect succinct point that most of us do not think of! Very well phrased and you have given me much to think about! Thank you and God’s Blessings on all of us.

  8. Marsha pogue says :

    Once again you have shown a light for us to follow in this darkness. thank you for your wisdom.

  9. Jennlla says :

    Here is what you should be thinking about instead of what “will probably happen in our presidents next four years”….
    1. God will still be on His throne
    2. Jesus will still be King of kings and Lord of lords.
    3. The Bible will still have all the answers to every problem.
    4. The tomb will still be empty.
    5. Jesus will still be the only way to heaven.
    6. Prayer will still work – it will still make a difference and God will still answer prayer.
    7. The cross, not the government, will still be our salvation.
    8. There will still be room at the cross.
    9. Jesus will still save anyone who places their faith and trust in Him.
    10. God will still be with us always – He will never leave us or forsake us.
    “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1-2
    SO say enough will all the negativity about who our president is. Stop looking back and look forward.

  10. Brian says :

    Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple for a reason. The US Government, as the enforcer of business regulations and taxes, represents the money changers worldly “temple”. I think we miss the Message and pollute the Gospel by trying to regulate peoples morality. You have to change the heart of the people in order to change the will of the nation. Just as we are not forced to accept Christ as our savior, we cannot force others to accept our views through regulations. That has become apparent.

    ‘Get these out of here! Do not make My Father’s house a house of trade!’” [Jn 2:13-16]

  11. Tom Harman says :

    There is a part of me that thinks this is best on a spiritual level. The church can survive and even flourish under opression and our first task of reaching people for the gospel can still go on. Electing Romney would have provided more credibility to the Morman church and made it harder to diferentiate the vast separation between their beliefs and mainstream, evangelical Christianity – between a path to become a god and serving the one true GOD.

  12. Becky Otwell says :

    Good words. Individuals, as well as our country collectively, are making unbiblical choices. It is sad
    I will guard my relationship with the Lord, seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit, pray, and be a witness for Him. He is faithful.

  13. Ted Daniels says :

    It sounds like Brother Crawford wants to take the country back to the 1950s, when blacks lived in the shadow of Jim Crow and women were expected to stay barefoot, pregnant, and silent. Also, Brother Crawford’s political ramblings are clearly stamped from the mold of conservative/Republican stereotypes. Many of my friends are liberal – and even some of them are gay – and NONE of them want special treatment or government handouts. All they want is equal treatment and a chance to be happy and successful… and for the government to say OUT of their lives, NOT a bigger part of their lives.

  14. Laurie says :

    Great posts! Special kudos to Tom and Jennlla!! I want to put my trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, NOT in my government (which I suspect is mostly corrupt anyway).

    • Ted Daniels says :

      Laurie: I think you hit the nail on the head! Our government is (mostly) corrupt. Until we remove $ from politics, it will remain corrupt. Over $2 billion (with a B) was spent on the presidential campaigns. Can you imagine all the good that money could have done if put to the right use(s)?

  15. Gwen Highley says :

    Well said Brother Jeff. God gives us choices BUT we have to pay the consequences of our choices. We can only pray that God has mercy on us for the choices of the majority. Praying for America!!!

  16. Em says :

    An amen from down here in Tex; received this from my nehew’s wife. Even so come, LORD Jesus! May we all be found ” occupying” til He comes.

  17. Vidal says :

    I think that the problem is not who you chose to be your president, but that we christians all around the world are not living as Christ demands us to live. We are talking about Christ but not follow his words.

  18. George Martin says :

    ” He has spent more money and accumulated more debt than any president before him.” Pastor, if you would have known better, then one could say you are bearing false witness. Deficits didn’t begin occurring again until Bush pushed through his tax cuts. Even in good times, those tax cuts along with Bush’s own spending contributed to huge deficits. And those were in good times. Recessions cause bigger deficits because less revenue is coming in and more people are drawing unemployment. And, this last recession began before Obama took office. As far as spending, here’s a link that describes Obama’s role: http://articles.marketwatch.com/2012-05-22/commentary/31802270_1_spending-federal-budget-drunken-sailor
    “He oversaw the first ever downgrade of our economy. ” Pastor, if you were a politician, I could understand why you wrote this. As a “man of God”, I don’t. Again, you should know better. When S&P downgraded the US credit rating, they published the following “We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act.” http://www.businessinsider.com/paul-ryan-speech-fact-check-on-aaa-credit-rating-2012-8#ixzz2Dl0JcRKk
    Pastor, you are either intentionally misleading your people, or you are truly ignorant. Perhaps the second, because you wrote about Russia and China will ascend as geo-political forces to America. Perhaps China will, but not Russia. That country has serious underlying issues, including a shrinking population which its effects will greatly hinder it in the next 10 years.

    You look down on half the country, thinking that 47% or 50% of the people are takers. That they are lazy and all they want are free cell phones. If half the country is like that, then I challenge you to walk outside your church and talk to people and find out if that is really true. Hey, if half of the country are like that, then they shouldn’t be too hard to find.

    So Pastor, I will leave on this note: People don’t vote for politicians if those politicians don’t like the people. Perhaps the problem with so-call Christians like yourself, is that you don’t act Christian. You look down at Democrats and half the country, You are self-righteous. I always thought true Christians are loving and understanding. That is the kind of Christian home I was raised in. If I wasn’t raised in a Christian environment was looking at Christians like you, I would think it would be a screwed up, ignorant, and hateful religion. And perhaps God wouldn’t be too happy with you.

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