All through 2020 we have waited for things to go back to normal; to return to the way things used to be. But, more and more, I am realizing that things are never going to go back to the way they were. It’s a changed world, and it’s not just COVID. We are now living in a world where powerful politicians and big tech shut down our first amendment rights to freedom of worship and free speech; where powerful politicians attack our president and go after him with outright lies and disinformation, trying to silence both him and his supporters, blaming him for the violence that they encouraged, and promoted until it turned back upon themselves. We have never seen such hatred, such blatant opposition to the Constitution of the United States or disrespect for the office of president; and I don’t believe it will stop anytime soon. There is a ferocious battle going on, a war between good and evil, light and dark, life and death; with evil forces manifesting through politics, media, big tech, entertainment, and even through some Christians.
That brings me to Naboth’s vineyard. The story of Naboth is found in I Kings 21. It tells the story of a man that had a vineyard that King Ahab wanted, but the man refused to sell to him. I Kings 21:3 “But Naboth replied, “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.” This is where we are standing today. Certain politicians and other….so-called….celebrities want us to give up our constitutional rights. They want to take away our second amendment right to bear arms. They are moving towards eliminating free speech all across our nation……if you disagree with them they will just shut you up. They abuse their power and violate the public’s trust. They are, in effect, telling us that we should ‘sit down’, ‘shut up’, and quietly hand over the inheritance we have received from our founding fathers. Give up our inheritance and let them tell us what is good for us.
I Kings 21:4-7 When Naboth refused King Ahab’s efforts to buy his vineyard, King Ahab went home and pouted. His wife, Jezebel, asked him what was wrong and when he told her, she told him she would get the vineyard for him. And she did.
I Kings 21:8-14 Jezebel concocted a plan to have Naboth taken out of King Ahab’s way by writing a letter to the city council instructing them to call a meeting, put Naboth in a place of prominence, and false witnesses would stand up and tell lies about him saying that he had cursed both God and the king. She told the council they were then to take Naboth outside the city and stone him to death.
This past year we have been bombarded with lies, misinformation, disinformation and false narratives against President Trump. And now, those lies and false narratives have been expanded to include his followers. Nearly a million people gathered in support of President Trump and for prayer on January 6, 2021 in Washington D.C. A few dozen stormed the capital building, did some damage, and people were injured and some died. The million who were in Washington D.C. were blamed for this act of violence, even though most of them didn’t even know it was happening and didn’t do any damage to anyone or anything. Even though thousands gathered in nearly every Trump rally all through last year, and there were a number of very large Christian gatherings in our capital city over the past few months with no reports of violence from them, these millions are now being called ‘dangerous’ and ‘violent’. But the Trump haters are now blaming their own violence and calls for violence in our nation on President Trump and his 75 million supporters. Our inheritance is being torn from us.
I Kings 21:15-22 When King Ahab heard that Naboth was dead he took possession of the vineyard he wanted; but God was watching and He sent his prophet, Elijah, to pronounce judgement against King Ahab. I Kings 21:20-21 “Ahab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!” “I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to evil in the eyes of the Lord, I am going to bring disaster on you.” Gal. 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” God knows who is good and who is evil. He knows the heart of us all. These attacks aren’t a mystery to Him. Neither is He sitting idly by and watching our destruction. We have a covenant with Him and He is moving on our behalf in ways that we don’t truly comprehend. We think it should be one way, but it is happening in ways we aren’t recognizing.
In April of 1789, George Washington said in his first inaugural address: “…It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the Councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to liberties and happiness of the people of the United States…No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency…” God was in the establishing of this nation, He has been in the preservation of this nation, and He is still moving and shaking in the United States of America. He is shaking that swamp, revealing what needs to be exposed and reforming His church in America. It is never pretty when things get shaken, when deep cleaning is happening. And just because it doesn’t look like we think it should doesn’t mean that God isn’t on the job.
I Kings 21:23-28 God told King Ahab that his family would be eaten by dogs and birds; that Jezebel would be devoured by dogs by the wall of Jezreel because of the evil he had done. King Ahab was horrified by this judgement and he repented and because of his repentance God spared him. However, Jezebel fell from a window and was eaten by dogs. God spared Ahab because he repented of all the evil he had done; but his family still suffered because of his actions. I Kings 21:29 “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”
This last verse says two things. 1: God’s judgements can be changed when we repent and turn from our wicked ways, humble ourselves and seek His face. (II Chron. 7:14). He is looking for a people with pure hearts and clean hands. He is coming for a bride without stain or wrinkle and as the Body of Christ, we must humble ourselves before Him and determine to walk in His ways. 2: The second thing is that what we do affects and impacts our children, their children, and their children’s children. We can either pass on a legacy of godliness, or disobedience. We can either pass on a nation that is free and strong; or hand down a broken nation where freedom has vanished and weakness reigns. It’s up to us.
We must stand. Stand on the Word of the Lord. Listen to God’s proven prophets and stand firm in faith in all they tell us. No matter what it looks like….God is faithful and true. He never lies. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We may be deceived by what we see with our natural eyes. We can’t see what God is truly doing with our natural senses; only by getting before Him can we know what is to come and we must never try to interpret His ways by our own natural understanding. Wait on the Lord and don’t let your foot be moved from the Rock of Christ Jesus. He hears us. He has a plan. It’s not over and He is already victorious. Trust Him.
[All scripture verses are taken from the New International Version of the Bible]