7/1-7/7/13

<國民悔改得醫治>7/1-7/7/13

「這稱為我名下的子民,若是謙卑、禱告、尋求我的面,轉離他們的惡行,我必從天上垂聽,赦免他們的罪,醫治他們的地。」(歷代誌下7:14)

 If my people, who belong to me, humble themselves, pray, seek to please me, and repudiate their sinful practices, then I will respond from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

 

默 想禱告:上週的「美國獨立日」我是帶著悲愴、哀慟的心境度過。我的瞳孔對壯觀的煙花焰火失去反應,不再擴張。螢幕上,自由女像手中的火炬彷彿已近熄滅,黯 淡無光。戴上屬靈「紅外線」的透視鏡,我在暗中視察,看見一個正在變幻扭曲的社會胚胎於黑夜裡漸漸成為形體,快要面臨生產的陣痛。活在美國這個「萬花筒」 三十多年,恍如見證一位精力旺盛,前途無限的青少年,一瞬間超速退化成衰弱的耆老,走向墓穴的邊緣,真是多麽令人惋惜震驚!是我存有「愛之深,責之切」的 心而跨張自己的强烈情緒,還是一個國家政權種種衰亡徵象在許多明智人的眼目中乃是昭然若揭,真相畢露?法國十七世紀哲學家,社會思想家孟德斯 鳩 Montesquieu曾言: 「每一個政府政權的惡化是由於他自身訂立的建國原則產生腐敗而開始。」吊詭的是,我們不是經常標榜美國是創建人類歷史 最優良的三權分立的政治體制嗎?人民不是生活在高度自由民主,享受憲法中十條修正案對宗教自由,言論自由…的保障嗎?我們不是都活在多語言、多種族的文化 鎔爐中而和平共處,各適其所,公平競爭的環境嗎?幹嘛會把事情看得那麽悲觀,前景灰暗呢?我倘若把惡化的緣由逐一考究解讀,精深鑽研,肯定會成為博士班的 研究項目。不然,單憑基督徒心靈的悟知,屬靈的味覺,我就已經嗅出社會內在潰瘍發出的異味,可以溯源於美國在短短數十年間,國家領袖群,民間的上下階層, 甚至連宗教界都產生本質上的逆變,動搖了建國的根本,包括以下精神、思想支柱的倒塌現象:

ï         從有自制能力地使用自由變為毫無約束地過放縱生活,等於濫用自由,任意妄為

從保護弱者, 尊重生命的國家變為每年平均自願性墮胎超過一百三十多萬的民族

 

從過敬虔信仰生活到離開真道,將上帝移出校園, 興起多方打壓基督徒的世俗潮流

 

從小數服從多數的民主運作變為多數向小數低頭的投機政治(同性婚姻的政治勾當)

 

從多黨互相約制轉向集權於一黨,以投其所好方式拉攏選民,用媒體來鞏固一黨勢力

 

從三權分立,司法獨立到最高大法官嘩眾取寵, 與行政權力聯手, 成為一丘之貉

 

從媒體監督政府的角色變成媒體淪為政治工具的危機,人民看不見社會全面的真相

 

從推廣種族熔合的理念到現今深化各族分離, 形成彼此猜忌爭奪的心態

 

從政府為人民服務變成政府施行壓制人民的各種手段 (IRS打壓異已的醜聞)

我 尚未從經濟、文化生活等道德層面逐一剝開一片片已經朽爛的美國洋葱。可見國民若偏離信仰立國的本體,快速向享樂主義Hedonism、相對性主義 (Relativism)、人權主義(Humanism)、世俗主義(Secularism)投懷送抱,終究也必然應臉了孟德斯鳩的社會發展規律, 亦一 如舊約士師時代以色列人離棄神,各人憑自己看為對的而行,集體拜偶像的可憐光景,結果全民經歷一斷漫長且惡性循環的惨痛歷史。 以上籠統的概說,祇是指出冰山一角的凸顯現象,需要更多社會病態醫生為美國斷症把脈,並列出診治良方。面臨一場迫近眉睫的美式文化大革命浩劫,神的兒女們 要切切求主憐憫美國,使國民大徹大悟,悔改回歸基督信仰的精神價值,使每個基督徒在這彎曲背謬的世代中挺身而出,力挽狂瀾,持守真道,堵住大大小小的破 口,靠主得勝仇敵!奉主耶穌聖名禱告,阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

Meditation & Prayer: Unlike previous July 4th celebration, I was quite apathetic toward the fancy firework display or watching Macy parades. Nothing saddens me most than witnessing the rapid deterioration of our great democracy and moral traditions within the last 3-4 decades since I called this beautiful land my adopted country. I am very startled by a population’s collective behavior which has gradually abandoned its social values rooted in biblical principles, but leaning toward a complete secularized and almost atheistic lifestyle. It is quite ironic that the Puritans came here to seek religious freedom, yet two hundred some years later, we find ourselves facing a new form of persecution: No prayer in school, no display of Christian symbols, no Ten Commandments in public arena, no Nativity scene allowed, and no Christmas greetings. (Just Happy Holiday!) On the contrary, society allows million plus voluntary abortion of up to 20 weeks old fetus annually, proposes to legalize drugs, changes the definition of marriage, and feels numb about over 50% divorce rate and huge number of single mother households…“The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.” Montesquieu, (Charles Louis de Secondat)  (1689-1755) It almost sounds like a modern day prophecy, reveals itself right in front of our eyes. Therefore, it is not surprising that a society, which endorses gay lifestyles and abortion as promoted by the progressive secularists, while actively attacking Christianity, is in complete decline morally, ethically and financially. Everyone indulges into practicing moral relativism, where nothing is absolutely right or wrong, as far as one pleases himself/herself, and satisfies each other’s carnal needs. It is all too familiar as we visit the history of the Israelites during the “Judges” period in the Old Testament, when idol worship, sexual perversion were hailed as a form of personal freedom, when the younger generations could not even recognize the name of “Jehovah”. Need not to say more, the only hope I can see is for contemporary Christians, regardless of race and culture, to show a deep sense of remorse, humble ourselves, pray, seek to please God, and repudiate our sinful practices. Surely then, God will respond from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal this land as he promised, in Jesus holy name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)

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