“If My People”… Kevin H

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  1. bob1 says:

    Well done, Kevin.

    It makes me a little crazy when I see pastora, etc. exploiting a passage in Scripture for some type of political/cultural purpose. That’s eisegesis, not exegesis.

  2. Kevin H says:

    Thanks, bob1. You’re not the only one who is driven a bit crazy by such things. 😉

  3. John in AZ says:

    To use a quote from a movie I watched last night (Forrest Gump), “That’s so right on, man!”

    It seems to me that some people are obsessed with gaining political power in God’s name so they can make other people’s sins illegal while keeping their own sins legal.

  4. Kevin H says:

    John in AZ,

    Unfortunately, we’ll never know what Forrest was “so right on” about as the speaker equipment was unplugged just as he started to speak. Just like some people like to pull the plug on portions of Scripture that don’t line up with their political views, but will blast the volume on those parts they think support their views (even if it takes some skewing sometimes to make them match up).

  5. Terry says:

    2 Chronicles 7:14 has been THE scripture quoted for revival in America at least since the 1960s. I’ve for some time thought the reason our prayers for revival have gone unanswered is because we are praying wrong. We pray for a restoration of 1950s morals and values. Our revival/prayer graphics are always draped in American patriotism. (Above graphic included)

    The context of 2 Chronicles 7 is Solomon has just dedicated the Temple, and that night God appears to him with this message:
    “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

    The irony is that Solomon himself becomes like Pharaoh, enslaving his own people for massive empire building projects. He breaks every command in the Torah regarding how their kings should act, including taking on 700 foreign wives and building temples to their idols/gods.

    Solomon failed to see that empire building was losing the plot of God’s story, and so do we.

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