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A Nation Under Judgment | September 12, 2014

Yesterday I went to one of the local 9/11 remembrance ceremonies in my small hometown, and it broke my heart.

I wasn’t heartbroken because of the images of that horrible day 13 years ago, nor because of the many lives lost on that occasion and thousands more in the ensuing war on terror. I was heartbroken because in all of the prayers, songs, and speeches from all of the bible-quoting, church-going, rah-rah-for-Jesus participants, there was no call for repentance from the national sins which brought this judgment against our country. This was a pep rally for pride in America instead of a time for mourning and national repentance.

I hold dual citizenship. I am first and foremost a citizen of the Kingdom of God, and loyalty to my King transcends all duties and all loyalties to my country of origin, the United States. It is my King who establishes authority on Earth. He sets kings and presidents, czars and prime ministers in place; and removes them from their places at His will. From ancient times He has used wicked tyrants to bring covenant judgment against even His own chosen people when they forsook His ways and His holy law. The reverse is also true, that there were times that God used His chosen people to cleanse the land from the wickedness of other nations. On those occasions, there was always this warning:

Do not say in your heart when the LORD your God had driven them out before you, “Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land,” but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is dispossessing them before you. It is not for your righteousness nor for the uprightness of your heart that you are going to possess their land, but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out before you, in order to confirm the oath which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Know then, it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stubborn people (Deuteronomy 9:6, NASB, emphasis mine).

He is the Lord of all nations. And His holy law is binding upon all men in all of those nations. As He sent the Hebrews to cleanse the promised land of evildoers, so also did He send others to cleanse the land when the Hebrews themselves did evil. There were even times when He used a people far more wicked to judge a less wicked people (read the little book of Habakkuk)! But in every case, the appropriate (and nation-saving) response of a people to such judgment was mourning and repentance from their wickedness! Nations who are righteous enjoy God’s blessings, and He brings calamity against nations who are wicked. Before America outlawed public prayer, expelled God from her classrooms, legalized abortion, sanctioned perversion, and exploited the poor to enrich the powerful, she prospered. But in the years since she rejected God’s laws, she has suffered defeat in war with tragedy and decline at home.

  • Consider America’s national sins of the past 50 years: The killing of her most defenseless citizens, shedding innocent blood as “a woman’s right.” Redefining marriage (which was once the domain of churches rather than governments) to protect homosexuality which God has declared “abominable.” Allowing usury to run amok so that the poor are robbed by the rich.
  • Consider God’s judgments since America institutionalized murder, perversion, and robbery: Storms, drought, economic decline approaching complete collapse, war on multiple fronts, terror, invasion from the southern border, pestilence, inflation. An incompetent, bumbling idiot in the White House, elected twice and presiding over massive decline and ruin while he takes vacations and plays golf – fiddling while Rome burns.
  • Now consider America’s response thus far to God’s judgments: “Gay marriage” legalized in more states. “Nero” re-elected. Government power grabs and tyrannical, crippling regulation. And people who call themselves Christians hold pep rallies like the stupid one I attended yesterday, in which they quote carefully selected positive scripture portions that encourage us to “be strong and courageous, for the Lord is with us,” and “rise up and soar like eagles” instead of calling for repentance for national sin! We should be begging forgiveness and changing our laws, electing righteous men to public office and holding them accountable to God’s law as well as our own Constitution. We should be weeping and fasting and wearing sackcloth and ashes instead of singing and parading and singing feel-good “Christian” songs about prosperity and blessing and being “happy in Jesus.”

That’s why I was heartbroken yesterday. Flag-waving pep rallies that use God’s Name and God’s words while failing to call for national repentance from the very deeds that brought His judgment against us to begin with. Christ did not die so we could all feel good and be happy and get everything we need so we can feel happier and get more. He died to redeem a people for Himself from fallen, depraved humanity. Not to make depraved humans feel better while continuing in their depravity.

For the righteous living in a nation that is under judgment, there is assurance of God’s providential care. But only for the righteous. God may spare a nation for many years for the sake of a few righteous citizens. But He will certainly not fail to bring judgment on any nation that practices evil. The missing ingredient in yesterday’s pep rallies was a call to repent. In its place was a plea for God to bless an unrepentant people. I can tell you on the authority of His word: That ain’t gonna happen.

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