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     The National Cathedral in Washington D.C. recently announced that they will begin to celebrate “same-sex weddings.” The previous year, the Episcopal Church which is affiliated with the Cathedral, adapted and approved a ceremonial rite to acknowledge same-sex marriage. The Associated Press reported that they “had been ready to embrace same-sex marriage for some time, though it took a series of recent events and a new leader for the … church to announce.” And the New York Times reported that “three years ago, before there was an officially sanctioned rite, the cathedral held a private wedding ceremony for a gay couple on its staff that was presided over by John Chane, the previous Bishop of Washington.” The communications director at the National Cathedral, Richard Weinberg, said that for gay and lesbian Episcopalian couples who can now be married inside the cathedral is “beyond symbolic.” But what is symbolic in making a mockery of God’s covenant of marriage? Clearly it is indefensible biblically and blasphemous against God.

    So did God visit his wrath upon National Cathedral expressing His displeasure with the Episcopal Church for performing a “same sex” wedding ceremony and allowing openly gay clergy? We know from biblical history that God does not like to be mocked.

    Oddly “on August 23, 2011, an earthquake originating underground in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest in western Virginia shook the eastern seaboard. The 5.8 magnitude quake damaged two significant landmarks in Washington D.C., the National Cathedral and the Washington Monument.”* The earthquake left the cathedral heavily damaged which costs them millions of dollars to repair. As cathedral was preparing to re-open, scheduled to host President Obama speaking on the tenth 9/11anniversary, for unknown reasons a 500 foot crane collapsed and smashed to the ground clipping part of the building near the bishop’s office. It forced the cancelation of the ceremony.

    Was God sending a message to the National Cathedral, the Episcopal Church, and the country through the earthquake and crane collapse? If God was trying to get our attention, would it be through a landmark in the nation’s capital such as a 106-year-old cathedral, which has long been a spiritual center for the nation? In addition to what appears to be God’s displeasure with the National Cathedral, perhaps there was another message in the damage from the earthquake to the other landmark in Washington D.C., the Washington Monument. Above the four foot crack on top of the monument there is an aluminum cap with the words Laus Deo. “Praise Be To God.” Was this a message to the country on its apostasy and worship today of false idols?

    Many of us would be surprised to learn that there has been a pattern of God intervening in American history. Numerous miracles and coincidences occurred at the time of the early explorers, in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and continue even today. The result of many of these miracles and coincidences has been to change the course of history. But most of us won’t read of those accounts unless you research history; because God has been expunged (blotted out; obliterated; destroyed) from American history and society at large, and is no longer taught in the public [government] schools.

    Yet many of founders and patriots wrote and spoke openly about God’s hand in the country’s founding, especially George Washington. After one miracle that saved the Southern Continental Army (three rivers where the water levels dropped to let the Southern Continental Army pass and then rose after they crossed which prevented the British who were in hot pursuit from engaging the American forces.) Washington responded to a friend, “We have, as you very justly observe, abundant reasons to thank Providence for its many favorable interpositions in our behalf. It has at times been my only dependence, for all other resources seemed to have failed us.”

    So it is hardly surprising that Washington and many of the founders had a respect for God’s laws, and commandments, a humble appreciation of His assistance. During the war George Washington issued many orders, but a number of them were directed at curbing the immoral behavior in the army, such as profane cursing, drunkenness, and gambling. Soldiers not engaged in military duty were always expected to attend Divine service. Though Washington did not face same sex marriage in his day, he did have deal with homosexuals in the army and the immoral act of sodomy.  

"His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief [George Washington] approves the sentence; and, with abhorrence and detestation of such horrid and infamous crimes [sodomy], orders Lieut. Enskline to be drummed out of camp tomorrow morning, by all the drums and fifes in the army, never to return. The drums and fifes will attend for that purpose on the grand parade tomorrow morning at guard mounting."

    For Washington it was less about rules, discipline, and order in the military, it was that the action was morally wrong and offensive to God. As the country’s survival hung in the balance and the lives of his men and himself at risk during the war, he could ill afford to have the actions of his troops be offensive to God. He understood that one can not expect the blessings (and protection) of heaven if one is not worthy of it. As he stated in his First Inaugural Address, “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”

    But it seems we have forgotten our biblical heritage, history, and the reasons why the Founding Fathers gave thanks to God, and had a healthy fear of God to avoid his wrath. So today “when elected representatives in state or federal government legislate against the laws of God, such as legalization of abortion, homosexuality, same sex marriage, and other laws that are blasphemous to God, they are saying to God that we refuse to honor you or your Laws, we will not follow. Those who legislate against God have not only sinned against God, they set themselves up as more important or better than God, and in doing so they have become an enemy to God. Thus appropriate for us today are words of warning given by Charles G. Finney before the Civil War. ‘Christians’ he said ‘seem to act as if they think God does not see what they do in politics. But I tell you He does see it, and He will bless or curse this nation, according to the course they take.’”*

    The National Cathedral in celebrating “same-sex” weddings, court rulings, or acts of the states and federal government in approving of gay marriage, or others sins against God and His laws and commandments invite chastisement upon the nation. So back to the question of the earthquake on August 23, 2011, which was felt throughout the thirteen original states (and others) that birthed God's gift and blessing of Liberty into the world, that damaged the National Cathedral and Washington Monument. Was it just a coincidence or was it a warning sign meant to call our attention to our nation's sins against God? Have we forgotten God’s blessing and hand in our nation's history and the advice of our Founding Fathers? Are we so arrogant today that we can ignore 3400 years of documented Biblical history?  Are we paying attention, or have we closed our minds and hearts to what God might be telling us, because we don’t want to be "limited" in our actions by His laws and commandments?

    I will close with prophetic words of warning from Founding Father Dr. Benjamin Rush. “Remember” he said, “national crimes require national punishments, and without declaring what punishment awaits this evil (actions and words that go against God's laws and commandments), you may venture to assure them, that it cannot pass with impunity, unless God shall cease to be just or merciful.”   


*Quote is from the book "In GOD We Trust: George Washington and the Spiritual Destiny of the United States of America," second part, book two, The Spiritual Destiny of the United States of America, chapter titled Future History.                                                                                       


“National crimes require national punishments … unless God shall cease to be just or merciful”
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