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Pastor’s Corner: We Need God

By Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler

Please allow me to begin this column with the following question: How can anyone in her or his right mind live in this world of ours, certainly in America, and not realize that “We Need God?” If we ever needed the Lord – we sure do need him now! Have you ever heard that expression? It certainly is true. Our world and country is in a horrible mess as it is and getting worse seemingly with each passing day.

I’d hate to even think of what our country would be like if God was to withdraw his mercy and compassion from us altogether. If he chose to do so he certainly could. He’s the Sovereign God of the entire universe and can do whatsoever he wants to. It’s his mercy and compassion that America needs now perhaps like never before. And might I add, that it’s his love, grace and favor as well. God told his great servant and prophet Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion” (Exodus 3:19 and Romans 9:15). People – “We Need God!”

Are you living in the same world and country that I am? Has it ever been as horrible during our lifetime as it is right now, where seemingly, we’re nearing self-destruction from within? We’re living in what the Bible refers to or calls the “end times” as far as the current world is concerned. The world as we know it today will eventually be no more, and I believe that’s soon to happen. Just how much more sin, evil, and wickedness God will tolerate, and for how long, only God himself knows.

The human heart is hateful, evil, and desperately wicked. It seems almost as if man is shaking his little old ugly fist in God’s face these days. It seems like practically all God has told us to do – we purposefully do just the opposite. God has said don’t do thus and so and that’s precisely what we do. We are horribly disobedient to God, and yet we expect his love, grace, favor, mercy, and compassion. Read some of God’s laws and commandments against such things as polytheism, idolatry, profanity, dishonoring of parents, murder, adultery, fornication, larceny, perjury, covetousness and so on (Exodus 20:1-17).

I’m afraid we’re awful in our behavior and conduct in the eyes of Almighty God and toward one another. We say that we believe in God and that we’re “one nation under God.” We say that “in God we trust.” We say that we love God, Jesus, and each other. But Jesus said in essence, if we love him – then prove it by keeping his commandments, that is, do what he says we’re to do (Saint John 14:15 and 21). Let me ask you this, are we obeying Jesus as one nation as we should? Are we keeping his commandments as we should? Are we loving God and each other as we should? Well, are we?

Let me ask you just one more question. Who then is doing all these horrible things in America – one nation under God who believes and trusts in him? Is that really what you want me to believe? Sorry, but I don’t buy that “hogwash.” It’s bad in our country today! Cops are killing good and bad citizens. Citizens are killing good and bad cops.

Children are dishonoring and disobeying parents and killing each other. Adultery, fornication, rape, robbery, stealing, lying – you name the sin and it’s happening in America on a large scale today. And what makes it even worse is that people are being praised, worshipped, and glorified for their sinful, unrighteous, and ungodly conduct, deeds, and behavior. Who would have thought that a man would grace the cover of Vanity Fair magazine simply for changing himself from being a man to being a woman, supposedly?

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It’s a “sin-sick” world and country in which we currently live. “We Need God” and we need to cry out to him like King David did before it’s too late. We need to ask him to purge and wash us from our sinful filthiness. Ask God to create in us pure and clean hearts; and renew within us right spirits. Truth is, if we don’t turn back to Jehovah the Sovereign God – we’re a doomed country for sure! “Grace and mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied!”

Gerald D. Tyler, an ordained elder with senior pastoral experience, has been a God-called practicing minister since 1977 teaching and preaching the salvation gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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