He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? —Luke 12:54-56

            People can look at the skies and interpret what weather is coming or they can know the direction of the wind and have an idea about the temperature that will occur.  How is it that there are those who can interpret what the weather will be, but they cannot understand the times we are in.

            Listen, there is no doubt our Lord is allowing this nation to go its own way.  Just read through Romans 1:18-32 and see the parallels to our own culture to that which was happening in Rome.

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.  Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.  Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.  Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

            When a people suppress the truth about God, He gives them over to darkened, foolish hearts.  They become fools though they think they are wise.  They become sexually perverse, having depraved minds and they become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.  They serve the created things rather than the Creator and they invent ways of doing evil.  They approve of those joining in their perverse, depraved, wicked and evil ways.

Now that sounds so much like our culture and the way it is going.  Let us, fellow followers of Jesus, go to them with the good news of Jesus that they might “come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.  Yes, Dear Father, may we do so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  So may it be! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QANH8MWuyaE&list=RDQANH8MWuyaE&start_radio=1

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