Kathy Schiffer says on FB that everything is a gift from God, and a commenter says, “Obama is a gift from God??”
Sure. Kathy is right. Well, actually she was re-tweeting what the Holy Father had tweeted, so although Kathy is a great and original writer she’s not that original.
How is Obama a gift from God? Look at it this way. We get what we deserve. The American people voted for Obama. They did so for a complex net of reasons, but when they are all summed up, we chose him. I’m in a hurry this morning, and it would take a very long post to analyze all those complex reasons, but the fact of the matter he is our president and everything is a gift from God.
What interests me is how, looking at history, the bad stuff that happens is also a gift from God because it is his judgement on the human race. This is the message of the Old Testament prophets and the message of the Old Testament to our society today. Read the Old Testament. Understand the prophets. Read the history. See what happened.
The people turn away from God. They turn to their own lust, their own greed, their own cruelty. The drift into complacency and despair and decadence and then they are swept away. Doomsday. Judgement, and all that is a gift of God just as much as the prosperity and peace and goodness and happiness that comes when a person or a nation obeys God and follows his rule book.
I fear this nation, and our Western culture is going down the toilet real fast. I fear a coming cataclysm I dread a coming collapse. I do not wish for judgement, but when I see the decay and the violence–the despair, the greed, the cruelty and lust of our nation the only hope I have if for a supernatural revival of faith.
If that does not come, then some sort of disaster will befall us. It is the way the world is wired. The culture of death brings–you guessed it–death and destruction. It’s just as certain as the rising of the sun or water flowing downhill, and because this is built into the system–because this is the way the world turns–and because God is master of all–even that, as terrible as it may be…will be a gift from God.