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From the Pulpit: Is it a blessing or a curse?

July 15, 2012
By THE REV. JAMES FOGLIO - Weirton Covenant Church , Weirton Daily Times

Those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord. Those of us who are God fearing understand that our great nation cannot prosper apart from God. Can we sink into immoral behavior and still be blessed? Do you believe that government can replace the living God? As we sink into darkness the light of the truth is no longer obvious. Truth has perished in the street. Our eyes have been blinded by greed. Class envy has been promoted by our political system. Job security and power are more important to many politicians than the welfare of the nation. Getting reelected has become more important than doing what is right. Our two party system pressures many well intended congressmen and senators to vote along party lines or pay the consequence.

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? America was built on the foundation of faith in God (our Creator) and keeping the Ten Commandments. Righteousness exalts a nation and sin is a reproach to any peoples. When we call evil good and good evil we are on a slippery sloop. Can we break the Commandments and not incur God's wrath. A curse follows iniquity and blessing follow righteous.

Deuteronomy 28 teaches us that if we diligently obey the Lord our God, being careful to do all His commandments He will set us high above all the nations of the earth. We shall be blessed in the city and in the country. Our offspring shall be blessed. Food will be abundant. We will be blessed when we come in and when we go out. Our enemies will be defeated before us. The Lord will make us abound in prosperity. He will give us rain in its season. We will lend to many nations, but we shall not borrow. He will make us the head and not the tail. All these blessing shall overtake us if we are careful to keep the Commandments. History shows that God has blessed our nation but if we reject Him, He will reject us. When we break the Commandments the curse will follow. The list is frightening. Cursed shall we be in the city and cursed shall we be in the country. Our supply of food will be cursed. Our offspring will be cursed. We shall be cursed when we come in and when we go out. The Lord will send upon us curses, confusion, and rebuke, in all we undertake to do, until we are destroyed and until we perish quickly, on account of the evil of our deeds, because we have forsaken the Lord. The list goes on and on and should make us shudder.

There is hope, remember 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. With God all things are possible.

Galatians 3:13, 14 "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us - for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree - in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." Galatians 5:13, 14 "You were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, 'You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.'"

("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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