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Derision 2022

America is in great danger, but God is laughing. If the warnings of the Lord’s faithful servants don’t mean anything to the general population, maybe the fact that the Lord is not weeping for us but laughing at us will jolt us into national repentance. Psalm 2:4 says, “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh;  the Lord shall have them in derision.” 

Repentance would be most appropriate. I am not, however, holding my breath. Many of our nation’s leaders still don’t have a clue. A nation that consistently violates God’s moral principles will not stand. If America finds success while leaders shake their fists in God’s face, God will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah—and He is not about to do so.

Will Russia Continue to Lose Face in Ukraine?

Many commentators believe that Russia will not lose face and will regain its honor. It has suffered devastating defeats in its war with Ukraine. More than 590 tanks have been destroyed by the Ukrainians. Thousands of Russian soldiers have been killed, along with more than ten high-ranking military officers. The Black Sea flagship Moskva, a modern hi-tech marvel vessel, has been sunk. Again, Russia has been humiliated.

God wiped out the ancient world with a flood of water. Will He now use a flood of fire?

Russia has been boasting about its RS-28 Sarmat missile, affectionately dubbed “Satan-II,” which is able to carry ten or more nuclear warheads to a target anywhere on the surface of the earth. In the midst of stiff resistance from the Ukrainians in the ongoing war, and sanctions imposed by the West, Russia went ahead and tested its new Inter Continental Ballistic Missile. Mr. Putin said it would make Russia’s enemies “think twice.”

Yes, we ought to “think twice.” Is our nation’s wicked behavior bringing us to the brink of divine judgment?

 For reasons unannounced, the test of “Satan-II” was rescheduled to December 2021 and then to April 2022. As reported in The Indian Express (4/30/22) the missile will have five more launches in 2022 before being officially inducted into the Russian military. That missile will be able to accomplish the task it is given.

One Satan-II missile could destroy an area the size of Ohio in one blinding flash. President Putin’s military aides have said it could turn the British isles into a pile of charred rubble. They are considering it because the UK has sent weapons to Ukraine. And so has the United States. Russia has repeatedly warned NATO: Russian soldiers are dying because of weapons supplied by NATO. Therefore  NATO is now a legitimate target for Russian missiles.

George Washington Was Right

Two hundred and thirty-two years ago, President George Washington gave a sober warning that should be taken to heart by our nation: “The propitious smiles of heaven cannot be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right that heaven itself has ordained.”

What will happen to a nation that does? Will God judge that nation by giving that nation leaders who are not competent to lead? 

On February 9, 2022, the New York Post reported “Dozens of Republican lawmakers are once again calling for President Biden to take a cognitive test, urging him ‘to follow the example set by former President Trump.’” The 38 Republicans, led by Trump’s former White House doctor, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-MD), sent a letter to Mr. Biden expressing concern with the president’s present cognitive state. The letter sent to Biden said, “The President’s mental health is not a partisan issue.”

The letter mentioned several instances of what they categorized as “mental decline,” including when the president recently called Fox News reporter Peter Doocy “a stupid …” and when he forgot the names of states on the campaign trail.

But why should we think God is laughing at us? Simple answer: We fit into Psalm 2:2–3: “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us.” As a nation we want freedom from what we consider slavery. We have taken “counsel together against the Lord, and against His Anointed.” 

Shaking a Fist In God’s Face

Our national leaders are making plans against the Lord and His anointed Son, Jesus Christ. They are saying, “Let us free ourselves from this slavery.” Think I’m kidding? Recently an editorial in the New York Times suggested on the eve of Passover and Easter that we need to kill off the God of the Old Testament. It’s inconceivable that any major newspaper in America would ever run an editorial suggesting that we need to kill off the god of the Koran. Are the cultural elites filled with love and devotion to the god of the Koran, or are they afraid of the riots that his followers would stage? It’s obvious that there is an ongoing war against the Judeo-Christian worldview that is the very foundation of America.

And this ongoing war has not been sudden. In a 1986 study conducted by then New York University professor of psychology Dr. Paul Vitz, the committee examined ninety social studies and history books used in U.S. public schools. The results showed that almost every reference to the early Christian influence in the United States had been removed.

Worse yet, according to Dr. Vitz, “Religion, traditional family values, and conservative political and economic contributions have been reliably excluded from Children’s textbooks.” Out of sixty textbooks amounting to approximately 15,000 pages, none “have even a single mention of people who go to church or synagogue, who worship or pray or have any religious influence on their lives or on society.”

I am glad that parents are now speaking up and speaking out at school board meetings. But in the years 1986 to 2020 there was hardly anything said that gave any hint to school boards that parents did not like the direction in which the public schools were moving. Why was the outrage so long in coming? Dare we continue to presume on God’s patience and mercy?

Most of us our unhappy with our economy, yet our  president is telling us about the “U.S. economic recovery.” He said it during his first formal State of the Union address on March 2. He said it when he unveiled plans to lower gas prices on March 31. And now to really bless us, he has his new “Disinformation Governance Board.” Amid growing anti-censorship fervor, a bevy of Republicans have suggested that the initiative amounts to policing free speech. Elon Musk declared it “messed up.” Others on the right likened it to the Ministry of Truth from George Orwell’s prophetic book, 1984.

Even more problematic is the president’s new “disinformation” chief, Nina Jankowicz, who at one time wanted a singing career. A video has appeared that reveals what the world missed with her move into politics. It’s a song that is totally inappropriate. The nicest thing that can be said about it is that it is “raunchy and done in bad taste.” I won’t even print the text.

National Death By Suicide

In 1838, Lincoln gave his Lyceum Speech in which he spoke about citizenship in a constitutional republic and threats to the American way of life. He discussed, in glowing terms, the political system established by America’s  founders, but warned of a destructive force from within our nation. He raised a very important question:

Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step into the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined with all the treasures of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live through all time or die by suicide.

Where are we today? As Dr. David Reagan recently said, “America is in a free fall without a parachute.”

I cannot stress how great America’s peril is. One of the things that most people are not aware of is the fact that the population of Russia has been trained to believe that they can survive a nuclear war.

In this present hour, we must be absolutely honest. I know some will hate me for saying it but I will say it anyway: I cannot see how anyone can claim to be a Christian and vote Democrat. The Democratic Party is the party of atheism. This is the philosophy that says God’s world is nothing more than an accidental machine, including people.  This is the thinking that has led to the horrors of the 20th century: the Communist Revolution, the Nazi Holocaust, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and the Cambodian Genocide.

 Francis Schaeffer once wrote, “If the unsaved man was consistent, he would be an atheist in religion, an irrationalist in philosophy … and completely  amoral in the widest sense.” In a remarkably revealing way, the Democratic Party is made up of very consistent unsaved people.

What does the near future hold? I don’t claim to have prophetic insights into the future, but it is irrefutable that Russia is expanding the scope of this war. Government news outlets see this war not just as a war against “the Nazis” in the Ukraine, but against “the Nazis in the West.” 

“Be wise now therefore, O ye kings,” we read in the closing verses of Psalm 2,  “be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Ps. 2:10–12).

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Larry Spargimino

Dr. Larry Spargimino is co-host of the SWRC broadcast and joined the ministry in 1998. Larry researches and writes books and articles for the ministry, assists on tours, and helps answer listeners theological questions when they call the ministry. Larry holds a doctorate from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, and pastors a local church.

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