FIGHTING GOD: When and How?
Gamaliel, Pharisee, and respected teacher of the law, told the Jewish leaders when they tried to harm Jesus’ followers, “But if their (purpose) is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God” (Acts 5:39). How did the people or nations fare that took on God? How will the U.S.A. end?
The Bible does not hold forth much hope for those that blaspheme, disobey, or mock God! Every one that dared not to take God seriously suffered severe consequences. Religious, as well as secular persons, leaders and nations were held accountable. What was and still is significant is that God did use others than His chosen people to punish and correct the delinquents. For instance, God used Sennacherib king of Assyria to punish Samaria (Israel and the Ten Tribes), however, he was not allowed to touch Judah and Jerusalem (II Kings 17-19). Hundred-fifty years later, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon punished Judah and destroyed Jerusalem ((II Kings 25). After the Jews refused to accept the peace Jesus had offered, Jerusalem was destroyed and the Jewish state discontinued by the Romans in 70 A.D. (Matthew 23:37-24:1-2).
Where does this lead us? When God’s people can no longer govern themselves and distinguish between good and evil, then God will allow them to choose someone that will give them a taste of their medicine. Please note that all governments come from God, even the ones we do not approve of (Romans 13:1-5). This applies especially to a leader whom God has appointed to teach His people to be more vigilant with their lives, their substance and above all with their God – in our case with Jesus Christ. It behooves us to pray for our leaders rather than to oppose them and find ourselves fighting against God. It is not what we want to hear. Nevertheless, it might be God that is disciplining us (Hebrews 12:1-12). If that is the case, then like David of old, we shall take our licks (II Samuel 12 and 24).