Monday, 26 June 2017
The saddest comment in all of Scripture is uttered by a righteous King of Israel. Of that man it is said, “And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.” (2 Kings 18:3) And “he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.” (2 Chron.31:20,21) Yet he would be a disappointment.
In the first year of his reign, he had reversed the sinful spiral of Israel by repairing and reopening the Temple, by removing the “high places” and breaking and burning the idols which were on nearly every street corner in Jerusalem. He reinstituted the great feast of Passover with music and abundant sacrifice. Yet he would be a disappointment.
In the fourteenth year of his reign, “Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them.” His army then surrounded Jerusalem and its leaders taunted the residents with the threat of starvation and torture. The king called upon the Lord and the prophet Isaiah proclaimed deliverance. Hezekiah held fast in faith, yet he would be a disappointment.
The same year of this great military victory, Hezekiah fell ill and the prophet told him to set his house in order. The Scripture tells us that the King “turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord.” (2 Kings 20:2) God had the prophet return and inform him that he would be healed, but the kingdom would not last, that his descendants would be taken prisoners to a foreign land.
Isaiah (39:8) records the King’s response, “So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, ‘The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good!’ For he said, ‘At least there will be peace and truth in my days.’” And that is when he became a disappointment.
King Hezekiah did all the right things for all the right reasons with a heart right before the Lord. But he did it all for the present and had no regard for the future. He lived another fifteen years as a disappointment.
Recently someone posted on facebook the comment that he had spent too much time “reenacting” and too little time attending to the future. He was castigated for those remarks. But he was right. While we must remember our past, we must look to and prepare for our future.
Too many of our current crop of “patriots” are more concerned with reenacting and saving monuments than in preparing our people for the future generations. Remembering our past and preserving our monuments is important, but too many are willing to look good in the present without giving much effort for the future. As such, we are a disappointment.
Are we using our resources to provide an education of principles for our children and grandchildren or are we content to let the government propagandize them in their indoctrination centers?
Are we actively attempting to educate our local officials in constitutional, responsible governing and ordered Christian liberty?
The Southern National Congress is about preparing and doing for the future. It is about nurturing the concepts of liberty in ourselves and our neighbours. Become a part of the SNC as a delegate or contributor. We do not want to be a disappointment to ourselves, our posterity, nor our God.
Posted on 06/26/2017 5:00 PM by David O Jones
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue?