After I told an old friend that gay marriage is communism in disguise, he replied that communism is passé. He considers radical Islam – ISIS – the real threat now. But he’s wrong.
I don’t know my friend’s politics, but his reaction is no different from that of the church in America today. For fifty years, she has watched the nation’s steep moral decline and said nothing. Atheism, abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage, pornography, and transgenderism are both legally and socially acceptable now. Thanks to communism and corrupt judges, Judeo-Christian morality has been turned on its head. Still, the church has said nothing. But after ISIS sprang up in the Middle East last year and threatened to squash the “civilized” West, only then did pastors sit up and take notice. Only then did they begin to preach rapture and “great tribulation” in their pulpits.
When people consider religious extremism a greater threat than immorality, they’re in deep trouble. Christianity is true civilization, not a specific geo-ethnic culture. Thanks to abortion, homosexuality, and other practices, Western culture has become neo-pagan. It is no longer Christian. ISIS certainly isn’t Christian. It wrongly hates believers and beheads them; all those who don’t repent will be punished in hell. However, this radical Muslim regime isn’t pagan either. It professes to believe in one God, takes its fraudulent Koran seriously, and speaks out against immorality. This is more than I can say for money-loving churches in America. So if ISIS arrives here on a path of destruction, then the pagan West will only reap what it has sown (Galatians 6:7). A righteous and holy God won’t be mocked (6:7).
Is ISIS really God’s judgment on America and the West? Yes. Ancient Babylon was wicked, but God used her to punish Judah – a holy nation sown in righteousness that had descended into gross immorality and idolatry. She had become so depraved that God said even the righteousness of Noah, Daniel, and Job couldn’t save her from his wrath – the destruction of Jerusalem and a 70-year sojourn in Babylon (Ezekiel 14:14, 20). Ancient Rome was also wicked, but God used her to punish Judea because she didn’t know the time of her visitation (Matthew 23:37-39, Luke 19:42-44). Forty years after the Jews rejected Jesus Christ as their Messiah, Rome destroyed Jerusalem.
I don’t know what will happen here in America – tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. But I do know this: it’s too late to repent as a nation. Like “Noah, Daniel, and Job,” people can still be saved, delivering themselves through their righteousness (Ezekiel 14:14, 20). But America is still ripe for divine judgment. Her future is sealed – annihilation.