Isaiah 10:1-4. Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed: To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless! And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory? Without me they shall bow down under the the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.”
As I searched for an illustration this morning, I came across a “Liberal Bible Quote of the Week” using these verses to insist that social justice through legislation is being taught here, and that conservatives who oppose such are unbiblical. It is fascinating to me how people who have very little use for other parts of the Bible will fasten on to a passage like this one and use it to promote an agenda.
Chapter 10:1-4 is a continuation of chapter 9. Over and over, evil is denounced in Isaiah; new sins are exposed, and warning of judgment is given.
In these verses we see injustice, robbery of the poor, the fatherless, the widows. God’s presence among His people had been their glory; when they were treating the needy well, God was pleased. But because of their selfishness, His presence would “fly away as a bird,” (Hosea 9:11.) In its place would come desolation, shame, and captivity.
God’s presence among His people is their highest glory and greatest privilege. It is the source of blessing, power in testimony, and strength against Satan. When a people is living with the presence of God in their midst, their man fear is that of grieving the Holy Spirit. When we lose that knowledge of the importance of His presence, we fall into spiritual decline, ending in either a form of godliness that has no power, or in obvious ungodliness.
America is on the brink. Maybe we’ve already gone over the edge. Maybe there are still enough sincere, devoted believers that God has not stretched out His hand of judgment against us.
I do not follow Hollywood. It would not change my life in any respect if no one ever made another movie. Because I don’t pay attention, I was unaware until someone mentioned it to me yesterday that there is a sequel coming out for Fifty Shades of Grey. All I could think of was, “WHY?” What possible good can accrue from another socially accepted form of pornography and abuse, of tortured souls who are lost in their sin?
If that is the face of America, then we are doomed indeed.