About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
A Nation Forgets God
The fall of
Deuteronomy 8 provides insight into why God causes nations
to fall in disgrace. He
reminded Israelis how He led them out of Egyptian captivity in miraculous
fashion. He told them to obey
and revere Him, and to be thankful for the land He had given them.
He then said this. "Otherwise,
when you eat and are satisfied, and when you build fine houses and settle
down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and when your silver and
gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become
proud and you will forget the Lord your God ... You may say to yourself,
'My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.'
But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who has given you the
ability to produce wealth ... (Deuteronomy 8:12, 13, 14, 17, and 18).
Deuteronomy 8 is relevant to today's western world, including the United States. Traditionally speaking, American Christians have claimed a godly heritage, much like Israel of old. They have believed that God freed them from British domination as He freed Israel from Egyptian domination. As was the case with Israel, they have believed their wealth and prosperity came from the Lord. Also like Israel, America has become progressively proud of the nation it thinks its hands have built. America, and really, the rest of the west, is arrogantly self sufficient. America has forgotten the God who gave it its land, its international supremacy, and the ability to create wealth. So what comes next?
Deuteronomy 8:19 and 20 state what comes next.
"If you ever forget the Lord your God ... you will surely be
destroyed." The loss of
their nation was a costly price for Israelis to pay for their forgetfulness. Deuteronomy 8,
the book of Daniel, and other passages, should remind us that even in our
western democracies; it is God, not us, who installs our leaders to
accomplish His will which directly impacts our nation's future.
One way in which a nation falls is when God installs ungodly, unqualified, childlike leaders in positions of authority (Isaiah 3:4). It is because of these unqualified leaders that a nation disintegrates in disgrace. They become tools in the hand of God. Maybe you will agree with me on this next point. From my vantage point, and I've been involved in the election of a Republican candidate to the U.S. congress, the present candidates vying for the presidency of the United States exhibit the childlike qualities of Isaiah 3:4 that might well lead America to its ruins. Whoever wins the race to the White House may not be your choice, but it will be God's choice. If the above Biblical passages have any relevance today, and they do, America is teetering on a historic cliff. Its fall is inevitable. If this is so, Canada and other non-European democracies stand next in line. It's my opinion that European democracies are already tumbling down the cliff.
The siege of
When a nation, your nation included, forgets God it will
disintegrate in disgrace. Here's
a question to ponder. How do
Christians live and survive while living in a godless nation falling at
the hand of God's judgment?