Do Something, God Page 1 of 12 God, Why Don’t You Do Something—Now?               Don Campbell               15 Fern Lane ...
Do Something, God Page 2 of 12                       God, Why Don’t You Do Something—Now?       Some people look at the st...
Do Something, God Page 3 of 12the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround therighteous; Th...
Do Something, God Page 4 of 12perhaps universal party affiliation is more accurate. The word of the Lord came toJeremiah: ...
Do Something, God Page 5 of 12      constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that      ...
Do Something, God Page 6 of 12   the collapse of the system. To believe that an industry which obviously loves   money wou...
Do Something, God Page 7 of 12   4. Insurance companies automatically and arbitrarily withhold survivor benefits from     ...
Do Something, God Page 8 of 12way and his own time. His plan was not something that Habakkuk would figure outahead of time...
Do Something, God Page 9 of 12blessings, God will exercise his sovereign will and power to uproot, tear down, anddestroy t...
Do Something, God Page 10 of 12is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will havetribula...
Do Something, God Page 11 of 12      mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall      wal...
Do Something, God Page 12 of 12      5       Statement of Rory Mayberry, Former Halliburton Employee Senate DemocraticPoli...
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  1. 1. Do Something, God Page 1 of 12 God, Why Don’t You Do Something—Now? Don Campbell 15 Fern Lane Almo, KY 42020 270-530-0223 doncampbell1943@gmail.comAll quotations from the New King James Bible
  2. 2. Do Something, God Page 2 of 12 God, Why Don’t You Do Something—Now? Some people look at the state of affairs in a given society, shake their fists atGod, and cry out, “When are you going to do something about this mess?” Many ofthese same people would consign God to the sidelines of history— at best; but whentrouble strikes, they want him to break into history Rambo style to fight the enemy,whomever or whatever it is. God has broken into history in some very visible anddramatic ways—the Exodus, for example; however, God most often intervenesprovidentially in the affairs of nations by putting it into the hearts of humans to do hiswork, whether that working is preaching the gospel or making war. Nothing written in the Old Testament was written to us, but all was written for us(Rom 15:4). The messages of the prophets are as timely today in principle as theywere when they were written. The speech, the dress, and the specific issues havechanged, but human nature remains the same—sinful to the core (Rom 7:18). Whenmost of the prophets spoke, they brought God’s charges against the nation to whomthey spoke (e.g. Ezek 25-32). When Habakkuk spoke, he lodged a complaint againstGod, because God had not righted the wrongs of the sinful nation: “ O Lord, how longshall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, "Violence!" And You will notsave?” (Hab 1:2). The Prophet’s Plaintive Plea Habakkuk outlines his case for God’s swift intervention to right the wrong that fillsthe nation: “Why do You show me iniquity, And cause me to see trouble? Forplundering and violence are before me; There is strife, and contention arises. Therefore
  3. 3. Do Something, God Page 3 of 12the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround therighteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds” (Hab 1:3-4). Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Micah all wrote about the same corruption that troubledHabakkuk: 1) the priest were ignorant and corrupt, 2) religion had become vain and thetemple was a den of thieves, 3) the disenfranchised of society (widows, fatherless,aliens) were oppressed, 4) murder, theft, perjury, and adultery were common, 5) thepowerful seized the fields and homes of the weak, 6) the rulers (shepherds) fedthemselves and allowed the strong to abuse he weak (Jer 7:1-11 22:1-17; Mic 2:1-2;Ezek 34:1-7, 20-24). Concerning Israel’s history, David Lipscomb wrote: Their kings, despite an occasional good one, led them further from God, deeper and deeper into sin and rebellion; led them into idolatry, involved them continually in war and strife, brought them into frequent alliances with the rebellious and idolatrous nations of earth that supported human government, all of which brought upon them the desolation of their country, the consuming of their substance, the destruction of their cities, the slaughter of their armies the captivity and enslavement, in foreign lands, of their people.1 Habakkuk’s plaintive plea does not imply that God is either unknowing, uncaring,or powerless. Habakkuk earnestly desired God’s intervention, and God patientlyanswered the prophet’s plea. Before we look at God’s answer, let’s compare theprophet’s day to the first decade of this century in America, keeping in mind that ourreview is about the state of the Union, not about the state of the church. Nor is it aboutpolitics. It is about corruption in high places, corruption which has no party affiliation—
  4. 4. Do Something, God Page 4 of 12perhaps universal party affiliation is more accurate. The word of the Lord came toJeremiah: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?" says the Lord. "Look, as the clay is in the potters hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it (Jer 18:5-10 ). Lipscomb believed that every human government is corrupt, includingdemocracies. Based on this conviction, he advocated positions that have beeninterpreted by some as politically libertarian. One need not accept Lipscomb’sconclusions in regard to the Christian’s relationship to governments to agree with himthat human governments are corrupt. James Madison, who is often called The Fatherof the Constitution, recognized the propensity for corruption and the abuse of power inthe government. But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. The provision for defense must in this, as in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack. Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the
  5. 5. Do Something, God Page 5 of 12 constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.2 God planted America and has richly blessed the nation for over two centuries.Whether or not he will continue to bless this nation may depend on how well the systemof checks and balances work. In researching for this article, the task was not in findingsufficient evidence of government corruption, but in keeping the list under epicproportions. Borrowing from the words of the writer of Hebrews, “Time would fail me totell” of the corrupt officials from city council members to occupants of the White Housewho have lied, swindled, cheated, manipulated, and otherwise disgraced their office. Ihave selected areas of corruption at the federal level which show abuse by thegovernment or discrimination by the government in favor of the powerful or the weakerand often disenfranchised. 1. As a result of deregulation of the banking industry—which began under Reagan and continued through three decades and four presidencies—Wall Street pirates pillaged and plundered the nation’s individual and corporate wealth, resulting in
  6. 6. Do Something, God Page 6 of 12 the collapse of the system. To believe that an industry which obviously loves money would regulate itself for the good of the people is as foolish as a farmer’s believing that dressing up pigs in party dresses and tuxedos before turning them loose at the slop trough would cause them to eat like ladies and gentlemen.32. In 1992, while Dick Cheney served a Secretary of Defense, Halliburton subsidiary Brown & Root was paid $9 million by the Pentagon to produce a classified report detailing how private companies (like itself) could provide logistical support for American troops in potential war zones around the world. In 1995, Cheney left the government to become Halliburtons CEO. The number of its subsidiary companies in offshore tax havens increased from 9 (in 1995) to 44 (in 1999). One of these subsidiaries (Halliburton Products and Services Ltd., incorporated in the Caiman Islands) has been used since 2000 to get around sanctions on doing business in Iran. At the same time, Halliburtons federal taxes dropped dramatically from $302 million in 1998 to an $85 million rebate in 1999.4 The company’s close connections with the Pentagon enabled it to secure lucrative contracts to feed American troops in Iraq, and boosted its profits even more by serving spoiled food and contaminated water. In addition to the plethora of public evidence for this, I have my own son’s statements about the food which he made to me both in correspondence and upon his return from Iraq in 2005.53. Oil reached $148 a barrel in 2008; the same year the five largest oil companies earned a record $148 billion, as they siphoned an average of $236 annually out of the pockets of American drivers.6
  7. 7. Do Something, God Page 7 of 12 4. Insurance companies automatically and arbitrarily withhold survivor benefits from families of American military personnel killed in the line of duty, and place the money in “retained assets” accounts, pocketing billions of dollars annually in interest—interest that should belong to the survivors.7 5. The pharmaceutical industry has the largest lobby in Washington—there are more pharmaceutical lobbyists there than members of Congress—and it gives huge sums to political campaigns. Consequently, most drug-related legislation is a prescription for more profits. For example, a 2003 law prohibited Medicare from using its purchasing power to negotiate drug prices, something every major insurance company does.7 We could go on and on, but we have made the point: Our government is corrupt.Corruption, of course, is nothing new. From the time the ink dried on the Constitution,greed, corruption, bribery, unhealthy influence by special interest groups, and theprostitution of offices for the aggrandizement of the officeholders have been all toocommon. Sooner or later, however, God’s patience runs out with nations that squanderhis blessings (2 Pet 3:1-9). America is still the leader of the world in military hardwareand prowess, it but far from being a leader in morality and good government. God’s Perplexing Proclamation God responded to Habakkuk’s plea: "Look among the nations and watch—Beutterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe,though it were told you (Hab 1:5). God had plans which he would execute in his own
  8. 8. Do Something, God Page 8 of 12way and his own time. His plan was not something that Habakkuk would figure outahead of time—in fact, God says, “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.” But God does tell Habakkuk: “For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans, A bitterand hasty nation Which marches through the breadth of the earth, To possess dwellingplaces that are not theirs. They are terrible and dreadful; Their judgment and theirdignity proceed from themselves (Hab 1:6-7). God was not going to break into historyas he did at the Red Sea. His work would be carried out by a nation even more evilthan Israel. Habakkuk was perplexed that God would use the wicked Chaldeans topunish Israel, but God told Habakkuk to put it into writing. "Write the vision And make itplain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointedtime; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Becauseit will surely come, It will not tarry (Hab 2:2-3). If our moral and spiritual decay is like that of Israel of old, do we need to fear thatGod will send an evil, ruthless nation against us—perhaps even a Muslim nation fromthe Middle East? For some this idea is as appalling as God’s revelation was toHabakkuk. For others, it seems obvious that this is God’s plan. However, the“connection” may be too obvious. God surely would say to us as he did to Habakkuk,“You would not believe me if I told you”; and he has not told us, in spite of what thepage-flipping, text-twisting TV “prophets” and internet bloggers are saying. This beingtrue, the Book of Habakkuk might appear to be just a lesson in ancient history, but let usnot forget God’s potter’s wheel. When any nation that God has blessed squanders his
  9. 9. Do Something, God Page 9 of 12blessings, God will exercise his sovereign will and power to uproot, tear down, anddestroy that nation in a time and manner of his choosing (Isa 34:1-4). The Spirit’s Revelation of Perpetual Principles Many who claim to have found the key to the Book of Revelation, crank outbooks without end—especially in times of social turmoil as we are now experiencing.They claim to have the key to God’s future interventions into history. There are nohidden keys, but there are perpetual principles. Chapter four of Revelation shows Godon his throne, reigning. In his hand (5:1), is a scroll written inside and on the back,sealed with seven seals. This reminds us of God’s instructions to Habakkuk to “put it inwriting and wait.” History is not happenstance. It has already been written by God.The Lamb of God is the one who executes history as he opens, one after the other, theseals of the scroll (For further exploration of this theme, see my book Fix Your Eyes onJesus, Quality Publications). The open seals reveal—among other things— wars, market manipulations,famines, pestilence, and persecution of believers. These are the broad brush strokes ofthe picture, but the details belong to God. One message is clear: When God pours outhis wrath on a nation, the first purpose is to call that nation to repentance (Rev 9:20-21;16:8-11). When a nation’s iniquity is full, God moves against it (Gen 15:16). If God toldus more, we would probably be socked beyond belief. God does not reveal how and when he will act. Instead, he reveals how we needto act. “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil
  10. 10. Do Something, God Page 10 of 12is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will havetribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. He whohas an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shallnot be hurt by the second death” (Rev 2:10-11) God told Habakkuk: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end itwill speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, Itwill not tarry. Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live byhis faith” (Hab 2:3-4). When God revealed the future to Habakkuk, the prophettrembled: When I heard, my body trembled; My lips quivered at the voice; Rottenness entered my bones; And I trembled in myself, That I might rest in the day of trouble. When he comes up to the people, He will invade them with his troops. Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deers feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills (Hab 3:16-19).When your heart pounds in fear and anticipation remember to wait on the Lord in faith: He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall
  11. 11. Do Something, God Page 11 of 12 mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:29-31) If your heart is troubled by the state of the Union, you can be assured God is alsotroubled. He is the God of history and what he has written shall come to pass. “TheLord reigns; Let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; Let the earth bemoved! (Psa 99:1)._______________________________________Works Cited 1 Civil Government: Its Origin, Mission, and Destiny, and the Christians RelationTo It (as cited in Stringham, Edward P. 2006. The Radical Libertarian Political Economyof 19th Century Preacher David Lipscomb. Independent Institute Working Paper). 3Sept. 2010 http://www.independent.org/pdf/working_papers/66_radical.pdf> 2 Madison, James. “The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the ProperChecks and Balances Between the Different Departments.” The Federalist #51. 8 Feb.1788. 3 Sept. 2010 <http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers/fedindex.htm> 3 Sherman, Matthew. “A Short History of Financial Deregulation in the UnitedStates.” Jul. 2009 31 Aug. 2010 <http://www.openthegovernment.org/otg/dereg-timeline-2009-07.pdf> 4 Cheney Halliburton Chronology. 31 Aug. 2010<http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/about_hal/chronology.html>
  12. 12. Do Something, God Page 12 of 12 5 Statement of Rory Mayberry, Former Halliburton Employee Senate DemocraticPolicy Committee 13 Jun. 2005, 2 Sept. 2010<http://dpc.senate.gov/hearings/hearing22/mayberry.pdf> 6 Gloven, David. “Forged MetLife `Checks Show Retained-Asset Account Risks.”24 Aug. 2010. 31 Aug. 2010 < http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-24/forged-metlife-check-lawsuit-costs-show-risks-of-retained-asset-account.html> 7 Angell, Marcia (2004). Excess in the pharmaceutical industry. CMAJ •December 7, 2004; 171 (12). doi:10.1503/cmaj.1041594. 31 Aug. 2010<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-24/forged-metlife-check-lawsuit-costs-show-risks-of-retained-asset-account.html>

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