“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For by me (wisdom) will your days be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
And if you scoff … you will bear it alone.

– Proverbs 9:10-12

Well, America went to the polls. At least 120 million or so of us did.

Over 56 million voted one way, for one direction, for one set of principles – and some 58 million voted for an entirely different set. And so the larger group takes all of us, the whole of America, in their chosen direction.

Without going into all the specifics, the lesser number voted for fiscal responsibility, limited government, respect for the Constitution and law itself, proven experience in management and success in financial matters, and adherence to time-honored, biblical values. For strong military defense, commitment to Israel and traditional families. Dull stuff like that.

The larger number (though just enough to gain dominance) enthusiastically voted for Big Brother socialist government, “redistributing the wealth,” anti-biblical values, geometric growth in national debt, a weak vacillating defense and a sapped, hamstrung military, relativistic disdain for the law and the Constitution itself, and more Marxists and socialists appointed to positions of power – including our Supreme Court – in the months ahead.

And the group most responsible for this decisive turn in our national destiny is the sizable group of eligible voters who stayed home, thereby voting for the inevitable outcome – by their absence, their laziness, their ignorance and irresponsibility

Post-election research will show, as it always does, that perhaps 50 percent of Christians and Bible-believing Jews – who could always win any election if they voted on common principle – failed to exercise their blood-bought privilege and duty to go the nearest poll and vote for righteousness. Theirs is the greatest guilt, in my view, and they will pay a price.

What “price,” you ask?

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From our beginning, birthed from a group of colonies by people who had little or no experience in operations of government, America was “one nation under God.” We flourished as an independent, self-reliant republic under an unprecedented Constitution that proclaimed equality and rights to life, liberty and the pursuit, not the government guarantee, of happiness.

For over 200 years, we were the most successful, admired and envied nation in world history. Unashamedly, we declared ourselves to be a Christian nation, granting security and protection to all faiths, creeds and ethnicities. Our laws demanded obedience to the laws of God – because they had proven to be the best ever conceived for creating and maintaining a healthy, productive and fair society.

We were a church- and synagogue-going nation. We quoted the Bible precepts freely and expected all citizens to voluntarily practice them. And because this worked so well and we grew so prosperous, we assumed that this way of life would just keep perpetuating itself, generation to generation. We literally took it for granted, even as more and more citizens began looking for “loopholes” and ways to cheat, to get around moral prohibitions and keep the society while breaking the moral rules that sustained it.

Politicians, trying to present themselves as “moderates,” increasingly caved in to man’s baser nature in order to keep themselves in office. The current president proclaimed himself not in favor of abortion, but by executive order funded pro-abortion advocates lavishly; as a married man himself, proclaimed his belief in marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman – and then “evolved” in his thinking to endorse same-sex “marriage.” He swore to defend the Constitution and defend our borders, then acted unconstitutionally and defended 14 million illegals, granting many full rights of citizenship.

So again, what’s the “price” we all will pay?

Let me give you an apt, explicit, biblical example. What we’ve experienced, and what we’re about to experience, isn’t new. It’s entirely predictable, and it’s just. In fact, I take you to the book of Judges, in the Bible, chapter 2.

“After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things He had done for Israel.

“The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight and served the images of Baal. They abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt, worshipping the gods of the people around them.

“This made the Lord angry, so He handed them over to raiders who stole their possessions. He turned them over to their enemies all around, and they were no longer able to resist them.”

Do you see the lesson? Do you draw the parallel between God’s chosen people Israel and God’s modern-day most blessed people, America? The ancestors of both were blessed, protected and provided for – as they committed themselves to walk in His way, professing their faith in Him and looking to Him for guidance. They had every good thing, including capable leaders.

But throughout the book of Judges, God’s people rode a seesaw, now being blessed and then rebelling, turning from Him and being abandoned to the consequences of their unfaithfulness. Over and over again.

Finally, the wayward people decided they were tired of judges who demanded they each shoulder their own responsibilities – and they desired a king, who they imagined would take care of them, protect and guide them. Not God, but an earthly king.

Samuel the prophet was now old, and his sons took over as judges, but they were corrupt, greedy, accepting bribes and perverting justice. Sound like many of our elected “leaders”? So the elders of Israel confronted Samuel: “Give us a king to judge us … like all the other nations have.”

Get that? “Like all the other nations …” – i.e., we’re no longer exceptional, let us be like all the other nations. Sound familiar?

Old Samuel knew this desire was wrong and would lead the people even farther from God, into servitude, injustice and moral darkness. So he went to the Lord for guidance. But what did He say? “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for it is Me they are rejecting, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer.

From then on, for hundreds of years, the people suffered under foolish kings, many worse than the one before, still wanting their own way and forsaking the way of God who had made them great in their beginning. They ended in abject slavery, in Babylon captivity.

Don’t think that can happen to our America? Friend, our people have rejected the very same God and His way, and clamored after a king who has promised to provide, protect and lead them into a Promised Land where “everybody has everything.” So that same God must take His hand off those who have rejected Him and allow them to reap the consequences.

It’s not going to be fun.

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