Has God Forsaken America Or
Has America Forgotten God?
It doesn’t take a prophet to look around and see that the current ‘spiritual’ status of the United States is nearly bankrupt. The state of society in every corner has fallen to its worst level in it’s nearly 243 year history. The same could be said of the ‘spiritual’ climate in Europe. The United States has seen a rapid decline in church attendance, and an increase in drug addiction and drug-related crimes, pornagraphy, human trafficking, murder, idolatry, and ‘all manner of evil.’ The state of the schools is at an all time low as we see more and more government mandated teaching that clearly violates God’s Holy Word. The children, youth and young adults are seeking answers and they are getting them from the wrong sources.
We so often hear so many speaking about God’s judgment coming to America, while others speak of a great revival and harvest of souls for the kingdom of God. Who can really know what to make of it? How are we supposed to really know what God is up to? How did all of this happen and is there any real hope for America or any nation that has turned down the path of destruction?
In Deuteronomy chapter 28 God tells how He would bless the Israelites if they obeyed His commands, and at the same time what curses would come in them if they rebelled and did not obey His voice, and turned away from His statutes, precepts, and ordinances. In the book of Judges we see the pattern of the people rebelling and turning away from God, and then God allowing the nations around them to overtake them and conquer them, and the Israelites would remain subject to them until they would cried out, and God would hear their cry and send a deliverer, or Judge. The people would follow God and His teachings for awhile only to turn away again.
By the time the Prophet Jeremiah came on the scene Israel had taken a king, divided into two separate nations, Israel, or the Northern Kingdom, and Judah, or the Southern Kingdom. The Northern Kingdom had been overrun, defeated and saw many of its people assimilate into the Assyrian Empire. While Judah had mostly “good or Godly” kings, the few evil ones were really, really evil. They were the one who ‘killed the prophets’ as Jerusalem was part of that kingdom. Eventually they wouldn’t receive the prophets messages and were carried away to Babylon to be ruled by Babylon and later Persia. This is where the First Temple destruction occurred and then later the return to rebuild The Temple and Jerusalem after 70 years.
So, the question I originally asked about America requires an Answer. Has God gone so far that God has turned His back on her, or has America just thumbed its nose at God and He finally has had enough? I recently was awakened early one morning and was lead to Jeremiah 18:15, which reads,
“but My people have forsaken Me; they make offerings to false gods; they made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient roads, and to walk into side roads, not the highway”
American Has Stumbled Off Of The Path
I believe that America has gotten off of the path it started on, not for good but for evil. Some would see the path that America is on now as a ‘good path’. It is obvious that a generation rose up and trampled on The Ten Commandments, and prayer, not just in school, but in any ‘public’ arena, and have abandoned the Word of God. I have a picture of one of the first Continental Congresses and the attendants knelt in prayer. This is how our forefathers founded our country, on their knees, praying to God for direction. Through time, the nations from where immigrants came from brought their cultures and cuisines as well as their religions. We gladly welcomed them but instead of the church demonstrating the gospel to them and reaching out to the nations coming here we allowed their false religions to become mainstream, affecting so much of our culture at large. Often this has caused Christians to lose their first amendment rights but other faiths are given a higher place of respect. We are no longer given respect to practice and follow the teachings of Jesus.
I often hear people say, “America is no longer a Christian nation”! I think only God can answer that but I believe God has and always has had a remnant who will not forsake His word. Certainly there has been a shift as I mentioned at the beginning and the pendulum has swung far to the left, or far away from God. But is there hope?
Jeremiah 18:12 (NASB) But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.” (ESV)
Like Israel of old it seems we live in a day where each one follows his or her own plans. Further, the problem is worse in the church. How can those outside of the church follow and live according to the “Word of God” if they don’t see it modeled by those who claim to be followers of Jesus and the one true and living God? How can we expect the world or society to know God if we don’t ‘know’ Him and His ways? We have to spend time in the word, pray and worship in order to ‘know’ Him and what He is saying and how we can be light in the areas where we walk.
The Potter And The Clay
Perhaps God will deal with America like the Potter dealt with the clay in Jeremiah 18!
Jeremiah 18:7 “At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull it down, or destroy it; 8- if that nation turns from its evil I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it.”
God does not desire to destroy or wipe out any nation, but those that do not ‘turn or repent’ from evil will certainly eventually feel destruction at the hand of God. So, when we hear someone speaking of coming destruction to America or any other nation, we must remember there is always hope, if that nation repents and turns toward following God. We all know and can probably recite 2 Chronicles 7:14. It speaks of God’s people humbling themselves, and praying and seeking God’s face and turning from their wicked ways. Who is it that turns? God’s people. The nation is following after the devices of their hearts because the ‘people of God’ are not praying, seeking, turning, etc. It starts with God’s people. If we do those things, then He will hear and forgive and ‘heal the land’.
The land must be healed. Yes, the land can be broken, because the evil is spilled on the land and the land cries out for healing. This is why the Southern Kingdom was sent away to Babylon so that the land could ‘have a rest from all of the evil, and heal.” Also, so that God could reform and reshape His people and put a hunger in them to serve Him in their own land.
Jeremiah 18:9-10 “ or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to build it up or to plant it; if it does evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will think better of the good with which I had promised to bless it.” (NASB)
God Established America
It was God that truly established America as a beacon of religious freedom for those seeking such in England and all of Europe. The early settlers sought to reach the Native Americans but that had tragic disappointments. America has seen at least two Great Awakenings and many local and regional revivals. Missionaries were sent out to Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world from America, Great Britain, and other nations. Jesus’ church was strong, vibrant and was helping shape the United States at all levels of society.
Unfortunately, America and many other once strong Christian nations have ‘not obeyed God’s voice and have done “evil” in His sight.’ Nevertheless as God built up America and now she has turned away, causing leaders to speak of coming judgment, He can also ‘relent’ concerning the calamities. The storms we see in greater magnitude may or may not be associated with His judgment, but they should serve as a wake up call. Further, before God judges or turns America or any nation over to wrath He will most assuredly judge the church for not doing it’s part to cry out in repentance. 1 Peter 4:17 says that ‘judgment must begin in the house of God, and if it begins with us what will be the end of them that ‘obey not’ the gospel of God?’ God will judge the nations, but first we, the people of God are judged. God is telling the church in America to turn back.
What Is The Final Word
The answer is No! That God has not forgotten America, even though it looks as if America as gone down a different path than it started. He is not willing that anyone should perish, but have everlasting life, through His Son Jesus. The answer is Revival, Reform, Reconciliation, and Awakening .Prayer for America and the nations that have turned away is needed. Pray for the ‘church’ to wake up! Pray for a harvest of souls and then for those to disciple new followers of Jesus. Pray For awakening and harvest in every corner of society, and of course speak up. We all have a voice and we need to quit turning our face away as if it doesn’t matter.
Thank You Lord for mercy and grace.