Friday, January 23, 2009

The Manasseh Factor

Yesterday I said I would try to justify invoking the apocalypse concerning Obama's presidency. As it happens, he has given me a case in point.

You see, while some people are sure that Obama is the Antichrist, that's a bit of a reach for me. I will agree that the sort of person who fell for his publicity and charisma would probably think the Antichrist was a wonderful person too. Such people have flunked a major test. They should try to improve with God's help.

But it's actually abortion that is the critical issue in my opinion. Let's look at one of the greatest revivals you could ask for, as recorded in 2 Kings 23. And let's start with verses 24-25:

24 Furthermore, Josiah got rid of the mediums and spiritists, the household gods, the idols and all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem. This he did to fulfill the requirements of the law written in the book that Hilkiah the priest had discovered in the temple of the LORD.
25 Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did-- with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses. (NIV)

Now, given the modern emphasis on God's grace, the result is obvious: Josiah turned to God, so everything will be all right. Right?

Wrong. Enter verse 26:

26 Nevertheless, the LORD did not turn away from the heat of his fierce anger, which burned against Judah because of all that Manasseh had done to provoke him to anger.

Okay, wait--what's this about Manasseh? Well, he was heavily into idolatry and magic, but he had other bad habits too. Let's back up to 2 Kings 21:

6 He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger.

Child sacrifice was a big deal then. They waited until the kid was born, but it was chucking a kid into the dumpster for personal gain, kind of like having an abortion to avoid having a kid to bother with.

But wait, there's more:

16 Moreover, Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end-- besides the sin that he had caused Judah to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the LORD.

As a nation, we've been wallowing in the innocent blood of aborted children for more than thirty-five years now. We have elected the most pro-abortion president in our history. If he continues to act in favor of killing innocent people, will we not pass Manasseh's line? This is why I called him an "apocalyptically bad" choice. Left to himself, he is very likely to fill America with even more innocent blood than has already been shed, and at some point we will find we have gone too far.

What can we do? Well, we can humble ourselves and pray that God will give the president a revelation concerning how evil some of his pet policies are. God is our only hope and prayer our only weapon.

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