There is a fascinating story in the Old Testament about a visceral reaction the Lord had when a couple of Levitical priests made a huge mistake when the priesthood was first being established in the book of Leviticus. In fact, the Lord’s reaction was so swift and severe that it has caused many scholars to meditate on the incident to try to ascertain exactly what the priests had done wrong. Here is the story:
And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. Leviticus 10:1-2
Whoa. Just like that. No warnings, no corrections, just immediate and swift judgment. Death by fire from the Lord.
Many scholars and teachers have scoured these scriptures and tried to understand why the Lord reacted as he did, as well as exactly what the “strange fire” that Aaron’s sons offered before the Lord could have been. While the scriptures do not say exactly what the strange fire was, they do make clear that it was something other than what the Lord had prescribed when giving Moses the instructions for how to make the incense that would be offered to the Lord. In other words, Aaron’s sons did something which the Lord “commanded them not.”
Without wading any deeper into the weeds of this story and its meaning, I just wanted to draw the comparison between this bible narrative and what I call, “Obama’s strange fire.”
For the spiritually dull among us, you may be having a hard time seeing a correlation here. After all, what has this got to do with anything the Obama administration is doing?
Our nation was founded with a unique and specific purpose in mind. Never before had the founders of a nation determined that “all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” Without understanding these foundational principles, and why they were emphasized, one could never grasp why the founders decided to form a Constitutional Republic with many checks and balances to ensure that our government would remain a servant of the people and not a dominating tyrant.
At the time of our founding, these principles were understood and while many were concerned about the Constitution’s ability to protect our inalienable rights — its core purpose — the document was signed and became one of our most cherished treasures. It has been the anchor to our nation’s freedom and liberty and has weathered many storms.
But now, we stand at a crossroads and our nation must make a decision. Will we continue to allow Obama and the progressive left’s strange fire destroy this nation completely, or will we recognize what they are doing and put an abrupt end to it? When I hear Obama harp on his many memes of, “pay your fair share,” and “tax cuts for the rich,” and “you didn’t build that,” it all sounds like strange fire to me and worthy of swift judgment from all of us. (No, I am not suggesting that we need to kill him.)
Sometimes, depending on the severity of the consequences of certain conduct, the Lord is forced to take drastic actions to preserve the sanctity of a nation or a people and their purpose. And while America may not be quite as constricted as the Levitical priesthood was when the strange fire incident occurred, there is no doubt in my mind that the founders had a specific purpose in mind for our nation as they were crafting our government’s structure and limited powers.
I hope enough Americans are informed enough and alarmed enough to recognize all of this strange fire for what it is. Unconstitutional, illegitimate and destructive to our nation’s purpose. Are we ready to take swift action to bring it all to an end? I sure hope so.