The Last Straw

When a nation declines morally to the place of offering innocent, unborn children on the altar of personal convenience called “pro-choice,” and makes this shedding of innocent blood, part of the legislative infrastructure, led by the national leadership, God says , “that’s the last straw.” Understanding that, God is no respecter of persons, and, God is immutable, then we can expect God to act the same when any future nation of people act accordingly. 

“Manasseh also sacrificed his own son in the fire. “

“Manasseh also murdered many innocent people until Jerusalem was filled from one end to the other with innocent blood”

“Manasseh is a notorious King of Judah who definitely gets filed in the narrator’s “bad king” category. He engages in all manner of prohibited religious practices and basically winds up being the last straw, as far as God is concerned. The disobedience of Manasseh provokes God into finally ordering the people of Judah into exile, allowing the Babylonians to invade and destroy.

Even though the righteous king Hezekiah is his father, Manasseh becomes wicked—following a typical pattern where latter kings, whether Israelite or non-Israelite, tend to be worse than their predecessors (the Babylonian Belshezzar and the Greek Antioch Epiphanes both being good examples of decline). He reigns a record-setting 55 years in Judah, does abominable things like sacrificing one of his children in fire, and practices divination and sorcery, before he eventually dies.

Appropriately enough—given that he makes Judah forget God—his name means “causing to forget.””(https://www.shmoop.com/2-kings/manasseh.html)

Here’s the biblical account:

“Manasseh also sacrificed his own son in the fire. He practiced sorcery and divination, and he consulted with mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in the Lord’s sight, arousing his anger. But the people refused to listen, and Manasseh led them to do even more evil than the pagan nations that the Lord had destroyed when the people of Israel entered the land. Then the Lord said through his servants the prophets: “King Manasseh of Judah has done many detestable things. He is even more wicked than the Amorites, who lived in this land before Israel. He has caused the people of Judah to sin with his idols. So this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I will bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of those who hear about it will tingle with horror. I will judge Jerusalem by the same standard I used for Samaria and the same measure I used for the family of Ahab. I will wipe away the people of Jerusalem as one wipes a dish and turns it upside down. Then I will reject even the remnant of my own people who are left, and I will hand them over as plunder for their enemies. For they have done great evil in my sight and have angered me ever since their ancestors came out of Egypt.” Manasseh also murdered many innocent people until Jerusalem was filled from one end to the other with innocent blood. This was in addition to the sin that he caused the people of Judah to commit, leading them to do evil in the Lord’s sight.” 2 Kings 21:6, 9-16 NLT

So what do we do in light of this national pandemic? 2 Chronicles 7:14 is still the answer. “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” We must live like the Bible says His people live. You have been called “out of darkness, and into His marvelous light.” Be “salt and light.” Make a Difference! Be the Difference! We must pray, confess this sin, and repent by personally refusing to accept and practice the heinous practices of darkness. Then, our repentance must be fleshed out through voting godless leaders out of office and supporting people of Godly values. Our voices must not be silenced.  So why hasn’t God already released his strong hand of judgment on our nation? The Apostle Peter answers this question. “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”2 Peter 3:9 NLT

So in light of this, as followers of Jesus, we not only pray, we must work tirelessly and fervently sharing the gospel of Jesus with everyone, everywhere, both locally and globally. Since we have this time of “God’s patience, called grace,” live in such a way that Jesus’s mission might be perpetuated; “that all may know!” Jesus is coming again and judgment is imminent for any nation that practices “the last straw.”