“The Last Eight Years”

This was a posting from a friend of mine.  Read and please dialogue if you wish…

What has been the greatest tragedy of the past eight years? Was it the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon? Was it the war in Iraq? Was it the devastation of New Orleans by Katrina, skyrocketing oil prices, or the global economic meltdown of 2008? As terrible and difficult as each of these have been, from an eternal, biblical perspective, there is something far worse with infinitely longer-term consequences for the United States and the world as a whole.

The greatest tragedy of the past eight years has been that those who call themselves “Christians” have endorsed the perspectives of the liberal media and godless philosophers who are void of biblical understanding, especially in regard to the development of world events. This can be identified in many examples. Perhaps it has been most visible in the incessant ridicule and condemnation of a godly man like President George W. Bush.

Sure, President Bush has made many blunders and mistakes. It has been easy to make fun of his gaffes and even the way he says “nucular.” And just like all of us, I’m sure he has struggled with sin and impure motives. However, I am convinced that he is one of the greatest Presidents that we have ever had. For Americans to focus on W’s failures and overlook the monumental wickedness of his opposition is to strain at a gnat while swallowing the proverbial camel (or should I say donkey?).

Even genuine followers of Christ have been unwilling to voice public support for President Bush. This is unfortunate and regrettable. And now we find ourselves wondering why we are having a hard time stemming the tide of a left-wing Obama onslaught. Perhaps a conservative victory this coming Tuesday would have been easier if we as a “Christian” nation had been committed to standing with Bush against the evils from Iraq’s brutal dictator.

The two big issues that liberals have successfully used against conservative leadership are the war in Iraq and the resulting economic difficulties. When the U.S. took a stand against the murderer Saddam Hussein, Satan’s imps were cocked and ready to oppose and lambast President Bush from every angle. The real blame for the prolonged war and the death of many innocent people in Iraq lies not with President Bush but at the doors of the liberal media and those who have followed its indoctrination.

How does all of this fit into a biblical prediction for end-time events…? It’s all right on target. What we are seeing today is really not about the man George W. Bush or the Republican Party. It’s about a spiritual war that will pulse with sickening intensity until its glorious climax with the return of Jesus Christ. Scripture repeatedly warns us to be sober and alert to the danger of this creeping deception.

Toward the end, things “will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit . . . in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth . . . For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie . . . so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness” (2 Thess. 2:5ff, NIV). Christian, even you will be tested by this deception (Matt. 24:24). Are you ready?

This was written by Mark Vaughan.

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