Psalm 106:1-2: O give thanks to the State, for it is good. It’s mercy endures forever! Who can utter the mighty acts of the State?
Psalm 103:2-3, 5, 6 : Bless the State, O my soul, and forget not all its benefits, which forgives all your iniquities and heals all your diseases ... which satisfies your mouth with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The State executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
Psalm 6:1-3: O State, do not rebuke me in your anger, nor chasten me in your hot displeasure. Have mercy on me, O State, for I am weak. O State, heal me for my bones are troubled.
Psalm 23:1-2: The State is my shepherd. I shall not want. It makes me lie down in green pastures. It leads me beside still waters.
These quirky Psalms aren’t much of a stretch when considered in light of a telling comment from Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards during the 2004 campaign. Quoted from CNN Politics news site of October 12, 2004:
"If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve will get up out of that wheelchair and walk again."
That, my friends, is a messianic claim.
Or how about this one from the 2008 campaign:
“That this was the moment that the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
When the Book of Revelation tells us that people will bow down to worship the Beast and say, “Who is like the Beast? Who is able to make war with him?” are they doing anything other than what our culture is doing to us? Are they not putting the State in place of God and looking to the State for sustenance, support, healing, and salvation? Are they not saying, “The State is my shepherd”?
For a great message from Ronald L. Dart on this subject go this link :
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Living to Win