Hezekiah’s Narrow Way

In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death, and he prayed to the Lord, and he answered him and gave him a sign. But Hezekiah did not make return according to the benefit done to him, for his heart was proud. Therefore wrath came upon him and Judah and Jerusalem. But Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord did not come upon them in the days of Hezekiah. 2 Chronicles 32:24-26.

Hezekiah was a good man and a good king. And the temptation for a good man is not usually doing evil, but having too high an opinion of one’s self. This may manifest itself in presumptuous acts or being ungrateful. They are signs that you are forgetting the God who made you, and made you great.

There is a lot of discussion today about privilege. It’s usually coupled with the word, “white,” and is used disparagingly to accuse by opportunistic people hoping to trade on their skin color. These accusations are designed to make you feel guilty for what you have because of your colonizing, slave-holding, oppressing forefathers have gained for you, whether or not that is true, or how you have personally conducted your life. The basic message is, “Your ancestors are guilty, and now YOU owe ME.”

These are dangerous positions to take, for by doing them, you presume to be God. And you presume to understand the complex math of unforgiveness. And it demonstrates your own ungrateful attitude for “being born on third base,” yourself by being born in America, where people actually bend over backwards to make a way for you as you whine and complain.

This is not a political issue. It is a religious and spiritual one. Christ came to take away the sin of the world, bringing forgiveness in the spiritual world so we can practice it in the natural. But many Americans say, “Screw that! We want justice! We want revenge! We want to rule over you with a rod of iron!” They know not what they are doing.

If you call yourself a man of God, and you preach this gospel of unforgiveness and getting even, you are a false shepherd. You are a wolf in sheep’s clothing. You are manufacturing monsters instead of feeding the lambs. The good news is, even this sin can be forgiven if you will turn from it and repent. You must then heal the people you have grievously wounded.

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