America, God is Speaking. Are You Listening?
First, I want to apologize to all the avid readers of this blog. I realize it has been a while since I have posted, but no worries The Test of The Cross is still alive! One of the things I have learned since starting seminary a few months ago is one of our missions as individual Christians and as the Church is to speak to (and even confront) the culture and the society in which we live. What do I mean by speak to? It is our job to deliver God’s message so that the societal culture of the day will align itself with the plan of God. However, before we can speak we must listen to what God is saying. So, how do we listen? God does not always sends an angelic being to our bedroom at three o’clock in morning with a “thus says the Lord.” Actually, one of the primary ways He speaks is through the Bible. So let us take a look at what God is saying to America, and many other prominent nations in the world. Deuteronomy 28:1-16 shows us what God expects from a nation, it reads:
“If you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, and observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today the Lord will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessing shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed, shall you be in the country….but it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God and do not observe carefully all His and commandments and His statutes then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country” (Deut. 28:1-16)
In this passage God is speaking to Israel, but He is also using this as an example to show us the proper way to structure our nations. We must obey God and listen to His voice. If you continue reading the Old Testament you will find that Israel is gradually turns its ear away from God’s voice. It took a number of years, but Israel became a nation where God name was mentioned, but the society was Godless. Since God gave them a choice of obey and be blessed or disobey and be cursed, God responded to their disobedience with destruction. After many of the prophets warned Israel to turn back to God, God finally used the Prophet Jeremiah to speak His final verdict, Jeremiah writes:
“Thus says the Lord: Behold I will surely bring calamity on them which they will not be able to escape; and though they cry out to Me, I will not listen to them…for the Lord, who planted you has pronounced doom against you for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke Me to anger”(Jer. 11:11-17).
These scriptures highlight the penalty for a nation who does not adhere to the voice of God. Now let us reflect on the status of our own countries. In America I can not honestly say we obey the commands of God. Our culture promotes the things that are opposite of God. Homosexuality is celebrated, greed is a statute, and lust is everywhere. Our society says look out for you, do all that you desire, worry not about feelings of a deity or your fellow man. Where is the godly in America? It is not just the leaders and the politicians, but the people as a whole are corrupt. America boasts one of the largest Christian populations in the world, but our society is not reflective of that.
God has not yet pronounce utter destruction on America, so there is time for us repent. If we do not repent as a country we will experience the same calamities that Israel experienced. The warning signs are around us, the social divides, the economic problems, the natural disasters, and the global conflicts all speak to us. They say we are out alignment with God. God is allowing some hardship to come our way to say America, you can not survive without Me; you will only find success following Me. America, I tell you the truth, it is time to repent! We always like to say “God bless America,” but God does not bless a nation that does not follow His voice, He curses that nation. America, if you want to be bless then “do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).