I was watching the Republican National Convention last night and as I listened to the speeches, I was pleasantly surprised to actually hear politicians give God credit for our blessings. It has been so long since I have seen anyone in the public sector who has respect for God; genuine respect, not just show, that I could hardly believe it!!! And Clint Eastwood really did "make my day"!!! These things reminded me that even among the lowest among us (politicians being the prime example) God can be remembered and even appreciated!!! So, when I saw this rather striking magazine cover I remembered this passage....
2 Peter, Chapter 3
1 This is now, beloved, the second letter that I have written to you; and in both of them I stir up your sincere mind by reminding you; 2 that you should remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and the commandments of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior: 3 knowing this first, that in the last days mockers will come, walking after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” 5 For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth formed out of water and amid water, by the word of God; 6 by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished. 7 But the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But don’t forget this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore since all these things will be destroyed like this, what kind of people ought you to be in holy living and godliness, 12 looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, which will cause the burning heavens to be dissolved, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
We are at war, both physically and spiritually!!! It has almost been 11 years since that tragic day in September, when Muslim extremists killed over 2000 people. Even more important than our physical war is the Spiritual warfare that has been ongoing for millennium. Good versus evil has been evident for as long as mankind can remember, but someday it will be resolved; someday judgment will come. Osama Bin Ladin paid for his actions with his life and soon all his cohorts will suffer the same fate. After a decade it becomes easy to forget to remember what was done to America and I can only guess how long it will be before someone will say it never happened. Think that can't happen; think again, for some in Germany already deny the Holocaust!!! So, the above passage from Peter's pen becomes all the more important. Someday God will judge mankind for what they have done on this beautiful Earth and wipe away every trace of evil. God will remember the good we have done as well and reward us accordingly.... and He doesn't need a magazine cover to remind Him of it either!!!