Poised for Judgment

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God judges rebellion and national disobedience by withholding His blessing and permitting times of nationwide difficulty and turmoil. Fundamentally, every nation is offered the same choice given to Israel: Choose God and receive blessing, or disobey God and be cursed (Deut. 11:26–28). God’s heart is to bless nations, but rebellion provokes God to replace blessing with judgment.

Every nation charts its own path. God warns, “If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed, but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned. And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom, but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would” (Jer. 18:7–10).

The Bible is filled with accounts of God’s judgment against nations (Eze. 25–26; Amos 1–2). When we consider the specific sins identified in these examples, it begs the question, “Is America poised for judgment?” Indeed, the very sins that provoked God to act in the past are often the defining elements of our modern American culture:

America regularly celebrates and flaunts every one of these transgressions. The permeation of these sins into our culture is systemic, making a radical change necessary. We cannot continue indefinitely along this path without inciting a response from God.

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Timothy Zebell

As a former missionary to Asia for twelve years and the author of several books, Timothy is passionate about helping people understand the relevancy of God's Word in today's world. His goals are to help Christians discern truth from error, empower Christians to speak into cultural matters with relevancy, and to help Christians capitalize on the opportunities that these matters provide for sharing the truth about God and His gospel message.
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