When you're faced with a wicked man like Barack Hussein Obama, and are dealing with his unlawful and un-constitutional policies, it's hard to se why you should be thankful, even as a Christian! Why should we be thankful when his ungodliness is forcing us to either shape up ( according to his policies ) or ship out, to pay up or pay the penalty.
The thing that most or many Christians have not considered, is that we are being chastised for bowing to other gods!
The writer to the Hebrews, quoting Proverbs 3:12, wrote to his brethren, 'For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son He receives'. We see in Job 5:17 that a man should count himself blessed when he is chastened by the Lord. Just as any good father, our Heavenly Father has need to discipline His errant children at times, and more often than not.
At this point, some Christians may object, saying anything from, 'Well, I sure didn't vote for him', to 'he's gotta be THE anti-Christ: Jesus is coming soon!'
You may well object yourself, but when you sit down and really think about it, isn't Obama and his ilk just what this country has been asking for? Obama is the people's choice, and he is by no means the peoples's worst choice, he is simply the latest. We have but only to wait for the next presidential election to see the next contender for 'worst president ever'; the people's choice just keeps getting worse and worse!
Why would I say that Obama is just what this country has been asking fo? Well, not only is Obama the people's choice ( however he got them to vote for him ), there are many evils that have been perpetrated in this country for the past century or so, that it's almost a wonder that we've made the progress we have, and enjoyed so many blessings on top of it!
Maybe the most blatant and dastartedly crime that this country is guilty of is 'the murder of the innocents'! Some 55,000,000 innocent and helpless babies have been mudered in this country since the Supreme Court handed down its infamous decision in 1973, opening the floodgates for all kinds of evil! Sure, there are many churches that have picketed abortion clinic, and there have even been organizations like 'Operation Rescue' that have taken steps in the past to do a bit more than simply protest. For the most part though, most pulpits are silent on the issue ( for whatever reason ), except to 'poo-poo' it or even to preach that it's 'the woman's choice'. So many pulpits out there are silenced by their 501 (c) 3 status, that pretty much all they'll preach anymore is relativity and 'feel-goodism'!
This is barely scratching the surface of the evils that America is being judged for, and the reason why evil men like Obama ( remember, he's just the latest ) are and have been in power for the past century. If America's Church would hearken unto these chastening prophets that God is sending, and repent of their harlotry, then we may see once more the blessings of God on this great nation! The way things are going in this country ( 'hell in a handbasket' comes to mind ), if some drastic change doesn't occur soon ( likely it's already too late ), this country may not make it to the next recession!
There is hope, however; this is God's Kingdom, God's Empire, and He rules it with an 'iron fist'! Just as He used the Assyrians and the Babylonians ( to name a few ) to bring His people back to Him, so He is using the wicked rulers of this 'world' to bring His people to their knees, to make them realize that it is harlotry to bow before any other god, or the Husband to Whom they are covenanted!
This being the Season of Thanksgiving, we should thank our Heavenly Father for all the blessings He has bestowed on us, especially the chastenings!
Charles Haddon Shank