Psalm 12:8: “The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.”
It is a symptom of an evil day that the most wicked and depraved of men are held up as icons and heroes.
We know this is a day of departure from godliness and from the fear of God and certainly that message was received loud and clear on St Patrick’s Day in New York, where Mayor Bill de Blasio declared it ‘Gerry Adams Day’.
Gerry Adams (pictured left, with Mayor Bill de Blasio) was until recently the President of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Provisional IRA, the Roman Catholic republican terrorist group which murdered and maimed thousands of Protestants, as well as many Roman Catholics, during its 30 year murder campaign in Northern Ireland somewhat euphemistically called ‘The Troubles’. He remains an elected member of the Republic of Ireland’s parliament, the Dail.
Gerry Adams claims to have never been a member of the IRA, but this claim is pretty much universally disbelieved and it is widely believed Gerry Adams was a senior member of the IRA Army Council, the body which oversaw the running of this sectarian murder gang.
Among the figures who are hardly friends of the Protestants of Ulster who consider it to be a fact that Adams was a senior member of the IRA’s Army Council are a former parish priest of his, a ‘Father’ Stephen Forde, and former Republic of Ireland Justice Minister Michael McDowell.
‘Father’ Forde’s only quibble, according to state papers, was how high up the pecking order Adams was in the IRA Army Council, claiming he was “number three” in the chain of command.
The IRA murdered 2,000 people during their period of armed uprising against the lawful British state in Northern Ireland, as well as leaving thousands of others suffering physical and emotional scars from their barbarous campaign.
Regardless of whether you’re in the minuscule group of people who believe he was never in the IRA, it is beyond contention that Adams was an enthusiastic cheerleader of the organisation and was a prominent spokesperson for this group, justifying the murder of Protestants simply because of their religion.
Then there is the fact that Gerry Adams knew of the sexual abuse of his niece by her father, Gerry Adams’ brother, years before the police were finally informed of the fact.
For the Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio to hold up someone like Gerry Adams as a role model is utterly perverse and God pronounces his judgement on such actions. Isaiah 5:20 says: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
So it is frankly shocking that any day should be declared ‘Gerry Adams Day’, given his despicable credentials.
There is a familiar catchphrase of the Irish republican movement – Tiocfaidh ar la (the first word pronounced ‘chucky’), which means literally ‘our day will come’.
In a sense, we are living in what could spiritually be called, ‘Gerry Adams Day’, and Gerry Adams’ Day could be seen to have come. This is a day when evil is being rewarded and it can often appear there are no consequences for the evil actions of sinners.
Certainly this has been the mistaken observations even of God’s people. In Psalm 73:2-9,11-12, Asaph said: “But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.”
Is not Gerry Adams prospering? Do his riches not increase? Does he not speak loftily? Has he not set himself against the heavens? Most tellingly perhaps of all, does not violence cover him as a garment?
Asaph confessed here that his “feet were almost gone” and his “steps had well nigh slipped” because it appeared that there were no consequences for evil doing.
However, God showed Asaph the error of his thinking and revealed to him, when he drew near to Him, the fate awaiting unrepentant sinners.
Psalm 73:17-20 says: “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.”
God despises the image of Gerry Adams and his ilk and will cast him down into destruction, if he fails to repent.
A day will come for unrepentant sinners, and that is the day of judgement.
The ultimate destiny of unrepentant sinners is clearly set forth in Revelation 21:8. It says: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Pray that sinners, including Gerry Adams and those like Bill de Blasio who exalt him, will turn from their wicked ways and turn to God as their own and personal Saviour and pray that God will convict sinners of their iniquities and convince them of their need of salvation.
And please pray that a day of revival will come in Ulster and further afield.
If anyone reading this is not saved, you are in the same danger as the most hardened of IRA killers or their cheerleaders.
There is a glorious cure to this danger and that is the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:7: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
We can obtain this by calling on Him. Acts 16:31 says: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”
We pray that any unconverted readers will feel God speaking to them and take this most vital step even today.