Don’t Destroy What Blesses
By Pastor Tony Butler
Not too long ago, a man traveling through Eastern North Carolina got lost, and stopped by an old farmhouse to ask directions. While standing at the door, his eye captured the sight of a pig with a wooden leg. So he said to the old farmer “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pig with a wooden leg. What happened to it?” “Well,” said the farmer, “this is a truly remarkable animal. A few years back, it was rooting around under the oak trees near the house, and discovered truffles. This new crop has brought us a tidy income, I can assure you.” “Fascinating,” said the visitor. “I never heard of truffles in North Carolina, but – why does it have a wooden leg?” “Well,” said the farmer, “just last year, on the north forty, the pig discovered oil, and the proceeds from that oil well are going to make us set for life, including even being able to send all our kids to college.” “A truly incredible animal,” said the guy. “I am sure that you are the envy of all your neighbors. Why does he have a wooden leg?” “About six months ago, the farmhouse caught on fire,” said the farmer, “and this pig saved our lives. He rushed upstairs, woke us all up, carried my baby daughter down the stairs by the hair, and made sure we were all safe outside.” “Wow!” said the visitor, “You are very fortunate, indeed, but I’m still curious about the wooden leg.” “Oh,” said the farmer, “if you have a pig that valuable, you don’t eat it all at once.”
There are certain things that have made America great, and prosperous, namely, faith in Jesus Christ, strong nuclear families, a strong work ethic, charitable giving, self-sacrifice, a sense of personal responsibility, and love of freedom. All of these things still exist in this great land of ours to some extent, but at the same time, the very things that made this country great are being slowly destroyed by its own people. Our country seems to fulfill the Apostle Paul’s prophecy of the last days, just before the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“This I know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, false, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” II Timothy 3:105.
Rather than turning away, God’s people often have grasped after the lifestyle of the unsaved, seeking fulfillment in pleasures, instead of God, Himself. Israel was guilty of this kind of apostasy. They turned away from God from Whom all their blessings came. The Lord made a declaration concerning the sins of His people through Jeremiah the prophet. “For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, (and) have hewed them out cisterns (ancient water tanks in the ground, cut out of rock), broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13. Basically, he is telling Israel that they have forsaken the very thing that had made them great. As the result, Israel was conquered by her enemies, and experienced great chastisement. In their day, many mocked when the warnings came just as some of you will mock and disbelieve that judgment will come to America. I leave you with the Word of God to America and to Prattville. Don’t sin against the One Who wants to save and bless. Draw near to Him, and embrace Him. He will not turn you away.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.”
“The heathen are sunk down in the put (that) they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The LORD is known (by) the judgment (which) he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall (not) perish forever. Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in Thy sight.” Psalms 9:15-19