Hosea 4:1 "Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel:
for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the
land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God
in the land."
There are three things here that the Lord is grieved with
Israel about. No truth, no mercy and a lack of the knowledge of
God throughout their land.
We see how easily this can happen to a nation. So far in the
United States I see a lack of truth. I see a substitute of lies
and falsehood put in place instead of truth. Examples are: the
THEORY of evolution, the SAFE sex myth, that abortion is nothing
more than getting rid of a mass of tissue and that homosexuality
is an alternative lifestyle and perfectly normal. There are more
but these are the main ones that are in the forefront of my
mind. These lacks of truth will one day led to the lack of mercy
and the lack of the knowledge of God.
At present we have in the United States knowledge of God and
we still have mercy toward the hungry, poor and sick. However, I
do expect this to change if we do not change as a nation. What
causes these things to happen is a lack of truth. Although we
still have the knowledge of God as a supreme being, the fear of
God or the fear of God's judgment upon sin, is disappearing at
an enormous rate. So in reality, the true knowledge of God is
disappearing because we are losing our vision of what God stands
for and who God really is. A belief in God is one thing, but a
reverence and fear of God is quite another which we lack in the
world today. Without a reverence toward his written word and
fear of his judgment upon sin, sin will abound. When sin abounds
with no fear of God, mercy will flee and suffering will prevail.
No matter what is taught to the contrary, modern day prison
systems, hospitals, mercy on the mentally ill and the sick,
compassion for the elderly is really a result of the influence
of Christianity. It was Christian reformers and preachers who
built hospitals, improved prisons, and abolished slavery in some
parts of the world. If the United States abolished slavery by
conviction of their hearts by the preaching of traveling
preachers like England did, there would have never been a civil
war. Deep in their hearts they should have realized that owning
another human being is wrong and the very opposite of freedom of
which this country fought against England to achieve.
What is it that hinders us from seeing truth? Aside of prayer
and the study of God's word, I would say, GREED.
The reason slavery was popular in the south was basically,
GREED. They needed slaves to work the large plantations and they
did not want to pay them a fair wage for their work. Another
reason that enters the picture is LAZINESS. They did not want to
do the work themselves. Hardheartedness also was a factor and
using religion as an excuse. One ridiculous reasoning I use to
hear was that if the blacks had not have come to America, they
would not have heard the gospel. We know this is silly because
nowhere in the New Testament did Jesus Christ ever instruct us
to spread the gospel by enslaving people. We were instructed to
go into the entire world and bring the gospel to every creature.
This type of excuse for wrongdoing is a cop out.
How do we excuse abortion today? How often have I heard,
"Isn't it better to abort a child than to have it come into the
world and suffer abuse?" This too, is a cop out. Two wrongs do
not make a right. We do not kill children just to keep them from
being abused. If injecting a burning solution into the mother's
womb to kill and baby is not abuse, I don't know what is?
Euthanasia is another cop out. "Isn't it better to let them
die than to see them suffer?" When we start deciding who lives
and who dies are we any better than Adolph Hitler? Here are some
objections to suicide:
An elderly person in pain will naturally feel like
dying but we forget that they may recover and be glad they
didn't die. A greedy relative may influence his elderly parents
into signing the death decree unnecessarily. An elderly couple
may be tempted to ask for euthanasia if they think their medical
bills may be a burden for their children. The best reason
against it is this: God and God alone should decide when a
person should die. He is the only one who knows all particulars
and can determine whether or not it is time for a person to
leave this life and enter eternity. I hate to see people
suffer also but killing is not the answer for the suffering.
Medical care, compassion and love are the answer.
The second verse in Hosea gives a further picture of God's
controversy with Israel: "By swearing, and lying, and killing,
and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood
toucheth blood." Hosea 4:2.
If you can't see this going on in the good old US of A then
something is wrong. Adultery is rampant, even in the church. I
have personally witnessed this happening.
Stealing is also going on. Stealing is not just robbing a
bank. It is cheating in business, defrauding, shortchanging,
lying about the reliability of a product, not returning a lost
wallet, buying something from a store and using it for a time,
returning it when tired of it is another example. I know of a
wife who got a large cash advance by using her and her husband's
joint credit card. She placed it into a private bank account
where the husband could not have access it to either spend it or
pay it back. The credit card company told the husband that he
was responsible to pay it back. The wife is excused by law and
cannot be prosecuted because she is married to the man. Yet, I
see it as stealing just as if she would have robbed a bank. This
woman is supposed to be a spirit filled Christian and has no
guilt for this action.
Murder is happening and is under the disguise of abortion.
Our consciences have become seared, immune to correction. We
excuse our actions instead of repenting which means changing. We
say that "we are saved by grace, not works," and can go on and
on sinning without repenting. This should not be. When a
Christian can live in worse sin than a sinner that does not know
Jesus Christ, something is bad wrong with our thinking.
Jesus came to correct, to free us from sin, not just to
forgive us in our sin. He came that we might walk in love, walk
in compassion and be fruitful by living right and bringing
others to him. If we are not doing this, something is wrong and
we need to "Go back to the drawing board." No we are not saved
by works and earning our salvation but we do right things
because we are saved and have a new spirit and new birth.
Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
because, thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,
that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten
the law of they God, I will also forget thy children."
When I read these scriptures further we truly do have a lack
of knowledge. We have a lack of the knowledge of the word of God
and what God stands for. This will occur if we spend hours
watching TV and only fifteen minutes a week in the word of God.
This will occur if we listen to the modern day philosophers and
positive thinking preachers instead of the preachers of
repentance and righteousness. Without the word of God to guide
us we began to excuse ourselves and bypass true repentance and
change. How often have you heard, "I'm only human." "God knows
my weakness." "I know God understands why I am what I am and why
I do what I do."
Yet, neglect of the word will bring us to "Lack of
knowledge." Just like no education brings illiteracy and return
a nation to an uncivilized culture, the lack of the word of God
will bring about murder by those who feel it is justified.
(abortion, termination of the mentally ill, and euthanasia),
stealing without feeling guilty as I mentioned above, adultery
without guilt, selfishness, lack of mercy, and a lust for power
without caring who it hurts, (listen to the politicians when
they want to win an election).
In the past the lust for power would cause people to put to
death their own relatives in order to achieve the throne. Today
we have killing with words. When one wants to win an election,
instead of focusing on issues, they tear down and destroy the
reputation of their opponents not caring whom it hurts. I read
Dan Quayle's book once that really awakened me to the effect
negative politics had on the children of candidates. I had no
idea how bad children could feel until I read his book. Children
can read too. They can pick up the newspaper and read how
terrible a person their father or mother is. The father and
mother they thought was loving, caring and kind, was pictured by
the writer or speaker very different than what they had
We use excuses like, "That's business, that's the name of the
game, and that's politics."
Jesus Christ wants us to be different. HE calls us to
something higher and better. He came that we might have life,
joy, love and fellowship. HE has something better for us than
worldly fame and power. HE has something better than worldly
goods and money. HE has something that we can search high and
low all over the earth and never find anywhere but in Him alone.
HE has something that we can awake to in the morning with joy
and lie down at night in peace. Why are we settling for crumbs
when we can have the best? The saying, "It is better to give
than receive," is more than just a clich�. It is a message of
joy, peace, happiness and contentment. The commandment, "Love
thy neighbor as thyself," is more than just a phrase; it is the
answer to wars, famines, poverty and peace. Jesus didn't have
the bible written just to boss us around; he gave it as an
answer to every single need the human race has in the world
Have you ever received Christ as savior? HE is the answer to
everything you could ever need. Christians, is Jesus the Lord of
your life? Let him be and see if everything I say in this
article is true. You do not have to fight, war, and struggle to
stay ahead, let Christ go ahead of you first.