Come in, America. Please, have a seat…We need to talk.
Things have gotten worse in your life and we all know it. The corruption in your businesses, your government, and even in your churches is out of control. You told us why you think these things are happening. Bad public policies, global warming, mental illness, intolerance, and a lack of gun control, to name a few. But after what happened this week, we felt we needed to get together and tell you why you’re really having these problems.
The truth is this: You have an addiction. You’re addicted to sin.
Now I know you’ve heard this before, but hear us out. Sin is the breaking of God’s law, which Jesus summed up in two plain-and-clear commandments.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matt. 22:37-40, emphasis supplied).
But what you don’t realize is that sin doesn’t merely involve stepping over a line that God laid down. It involves everything that comes after you do it and sin undoes everything God does. Sin destroys the environment and everything in it. Sin destroys our minds and our bodies. Sin causes us to do the things we wouldn’t normally do. Sin even turns our healthy relationships into impure and hostile ones. “Thou shalt love” becomes “Thou shalt hate.” It was hate that caused that tragedy this week.
Now this isn’t the first time that a country has hit rock bottom. At one point, it happened to the entire world. Thousands of years ago, Noah’s generation became so addicted to sin, they chose to die rather than get the help they needed. What were they doing? They were compromising their faith, they filled the world with violence, they corrupted their flesh, and destroyed the earth. They even got to the point where they couldn’t look at someone without thinking about doing something evil to them (Gen. 6:4-13). Sound familiar?
We also know that you know something’s wrong, but your problem is that you’ve been self-medicating. You’ve been taking the pills you think will address this issue. You’ve tried new government policies, various philosophies, social justice movements, etc.
But these drug cocktails haven’t worked for you. They’re not working for you. You’ve been trying to treat the symptoms and not the addiction. How can you possibly treat your addiction when all your medications have a section on them that begins with, “Some side effects include…” and end with the same things you’re looking to treat?
Maybe you still think you can quit your addiction whenever you want to. But you’ve made your addiction into a profitable business. You collect billions (if not, trillions) of dollars for doing what you’ve been doing for centuries. So even though you’re trying to treat it, you don’t really see it as a problem.
We’re telling you this because you’re going through exactly what Jesus said you would before He returns.
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places…And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matt. 24:7, 11, 12).
“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matt. 24:37-39).
In other words, things are going to get worse before they get better. Don’t tune out now! Jesus is trying to tell you that if you don’t get help for your addiction soon, you’re going to die from it like Noah’s generation did.
America, you’re hooked on to something far more addictive than sugar (and sugar is eight times more addictive that cocaine!). You’re addicted to sin and you need to get help before it’s too late. So that’s why we’re here. We put together a quick plan that will help you get back on your feet.
The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, and based on what you went through this week, this is a serious problem.
From there, you need to find the Savior. In sacrificing His life for you, Jesus gave you the means to make a full recovery from your addiction. If you trust Him to do the work, He won’t stop until the work in you is done.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16).
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Phil. 1:6).
You need to find practical activities that are healthy for your body and your mind. Prayerfully search for these things and, little by little, make them a part of your daily routine.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 Jn. 1:7).
“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” (Phil. 4:8).
Finally, you need to realize that no combination of drugs will keep you clean. Nor should they be used in combination with this treatment (no mixing of church and state authority, faith-based laws, etc.).
Find a good support group, one that will not only help keep you clean, but will help you get ready to meet Jesus. The best support group is one whose beliefs and practices are rooted in the Bible. If they don’t practice what they preach, ask God to help you find a better group.
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim. 3:15-17).
“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (Jam. 2:20).
God gave you a law of love because He loves you. But then you started to break it. Over and over and over. But if you start on the road to recovery with the Lord, He’ll help you get clean again. Trust us, we know.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isa. 1:18).
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn. 1:9).