The downfall of any nation can be measured by its moral degeneracy. As we consider the moral degeneracy of the United States in the past fifty years, we wonder why God is holding back His final judgment upon this nation? The only reason which seems clear is His body has not been prepared. As we consider God's direction to His ancient people, God informed Israel:
"Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is thy neighbour's." Deuteronomy 5:21
Moses recorded Israel was not to desire his neighbor's wife. Fifty years ago in this nation the wedding band on a woman's or man's hands meant they were taken, not available. The marriage was honored. The home was a man's castle. He was the king, his wife the queen, and the children were princes and princesses. How far have we fallen? Now over fifty percent of the homes have a single parent. People live together with no commitment to each other, and the children are not reared. They only grow up. The family unit has all but been destroyed. The man goes his way and the woman hers. The prophet Jeremiah saw our day, and by the anointing wrote:
"They were as fed horses in the morning: everyone neighed after his neighbour's wife." Jeremiah 5:8
No longer is there respect for the wedding ring, nor the home. Everyone is out for their own satisfaction and gratification. When will God's people rise up and say, "Enough". The prophet Ezekiel put it very well:
"Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbour's wife: and shall ye possess the land?" Ezekiel 33:26
They stand upon their sword. We hear of many arming themselves to protect what is theirs. These need to heed God's Word. Jesus told Peter who cut off the servant's ear:
"Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." Matthew 26:52
Those who live by the sword will perish by the sword. The prophet Ezekiel asks those who work abomination and defile his neighbor's wife, "Will they inherit the land?" The obvious answer is, "NO!" We live in a day when people are obsolete. The idea of a unified family is archaic, and God has been relegated to a place of servitude by those who are called by His name. America needs to wake up, but more than that God's people need to wake up.
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