When the LORD God was trying to convince the Pharaoh of Egypt to free the Israelites, plagues came upon Egypt. One of the plagues described in Exodus10:14, 15: “And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.”
This was the eighth plague sent upon Egypt because the Pharaoh was a stubborn man with a hardened heart. And more plagues were sent upon he and his people before he gave in to the will of the LORD. The LORD gives plenty of warnings to those whom he wishes to persuade. And like Egypt of old, America should examine itself as a nation and as a people and try to discern what the LORD is after. America has had costly natural disasters. America has had political disruption such as a nearly decade long war against terrorist forces. America has had tremendous financial disaster brought on by its elected leadership. And all the while, the leadership continues to say there is more than one way to heaven.
Now a plague of a different sort is annoying all who live within 200 miles of Washington, D.C. It is causing damages from 20- to 100% on farms across Maryland, Pennsylvania and up the New England coastline. It is invading houses by the millions. Maryland Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett recently organized a briefing on the threat, bringing together congressional staff, regional and federal agricultural officials and others to understand the problem and to try to find ways to combat it. Bartlett was quoted in the Baltimore Sun saying, “If you wanted to design a terrorist bug, it would have the features of the brown marmorated stink bug.”
Yes, the plague is called the stink bug. It is a bug thought to have made its way to the United States in containers shipped from China. And if one smashes the bug, it will take no time to know why it is called the stink bug. It has no natural predators and its population is exploding. The irony is that this bug is invading the area surrounding the nation’s Capitol–the NBC affiliate in Washington, DC led with the story “Stink Bugs taking area by storm.” Indeed, we have been gathering up hundreds of stink bugs each morning in our windows and on our walls. Perhaps the stink bug from China is a not so subtle message about the leadership in America and Americans’ tolerance of it.
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