What is the secret of America’s great success? America’s freedom and prosperity didn’t happen by chance. We are a nation blessed by God. We have been blessed beyond any nation in history but now we have forgotten God. Psalm 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” We continue to fill the cup of God’s wrath with our corruption. God is saddened when a man seems content to live in the filth of his own corruption. A man should tremble at the wrath he stirs in the heart of God when he attempts to destroy the hearts of others, especially the young and innocent, with his corruption. As a nation we have awakened the wrath of God by exporting our corruption to other nations. We use to export steel, textiles and technology. Now we export pornography, abortion and homosexual rights.
We have banned the Bible, prayer and the Ten Commandments from our schools and institutions. We have banned the very mention of God’s name. Do we expect God to slump his shoulders and walk away? What is God’s reaction to America’s rejection of him? Because he is the same yesterday, today and forever and he never changes, we can learn how God will react to America today by looking historically at how he reacted to countries of the past that committed such sins.
What do Israel and America have in common? They are the only two nations in history that were founded upon God from their very inception. America was called to be a light to the nations just as ancient Israel was. God’s plan for countries that he has chosen to be light and salt is that if we continue to follow him we will be blessed but if we turn our backs on him and forget him we shall be removed.
Dr. Luke recorded these words of Jesus; “…to whom much is given, of him shall much be required.” (Luke 12:48) We were established on the foundations of the very word of God and he blessed us for our efforts, for our obedience. We became the wealthiest, most powerful nation on earth. We were blessed with resources, we were blessed with ingenuity and innovations and a standard of living that other nations could only dream of.
Israel experienced similar blessings over 2500 years ago. Israel was chosen of God to be that “city upon a hill”, that nation that would be the flag ship for all other nations, pointing them toward God. But Israel was influenced by the pagan practices of neighboring nations. They lost their hunger for God and they began to yearn for frivolous things that would temporarily satisfy the lusts of their hearts. They began to live for the moment rather than for eternity.
God allowed Israel to suffer an attack from Assyria from the north. This was a wakeup call. But rather than respond to this warning from the Almighty, Israel continued in her waywardness. When God spoke against the sons of Jacob and his judgment fell on Israel they said, “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.” (Isaiah 9:10)
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