See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as his oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears. (Hebrews 12:16-17 NIV)

The term “buyer’s remorse” is not unknown to those who deal in expensive items such as homes or cars. It is not uncommon for a customer to be overcome with regret after a purchase. In these cases, the new owner will hear an inner voice: “What have you done? You’ve made a horrible mistake!”

I believe buyer’s remorse played a significant part in this week’s 2014 American mid-term election. An overwhelming number showed they wanted leaders who will reverse their nation’s downhill direction. Independent voters who helped elect the present U.S. administration expressed with their votes they had regrets. As one party celebrates their victory, a warning from Hebrews 12 (above) must be heard.

The Bible presents the example of Esau (Genesis 25-28), but it applies to nations as well. Esau was “sexually immoral” or “godless”. That is a chilling combination if we fear the King who rules the universe. Also, the privileged firstborn son of Isaac, grandson of Abraham, sold his inheritance rights for a single meal. Scripture notes Esau’s choice was final. Regret came later, but the tears brought no change of mind on God’s part.

While election results were coming in, an article from The Hollywood Reporter was previewed in The Drudge Report (TDR). Slated for a November 14th release, the post showed how far America has sunk into the depths of sexual immorality. (Out of embarrassment, I won’t offer the link here. If you insist, go to TDR’s archives and use key words “Broadcast TV’s Ratings Grab Gets Raunchy”). I ask, “Can the godless regain prosperity?” “Will those who abandon righteousness ever get the blessing back?” “As an Esau nation, should America expect anything other than God’s rejection?”

Saints should see the handwriting on the wall. Unless there is repentance on a national scale, no party or politician can cure what ails us. The people of God will turn from their wickedness, grieve over what they see and cry to the Lord for mercy. Maybe America and countries like her won’t be spared, but Jesus said that those who stand firm to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:15).

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