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:
- Pride and arrogance (Amos 4:8; Obad. 1:2–4)
- Spiritual complacency and waywardness (Jer. 19:3–6; Micah 1:6–7)
- Violence (Obad. 1:10; Nah. 3:1, 5)
- Culture of lies (Isa. 59:3–4, 13–18; Micah 6:12–13)
- Sexual immorality (Lev. 18:6–25; Amos 2:6–7)
- Corruption and injustice (Jer. 6:13, 19; Micah 6:11, 13)
- Oppression (Micah 2:2–3, 8–9; Zech. 7:10–11, 14)
- Promoting evil (Jer. 23:14–15; Micah 2:1–3)
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.
This article comes from Heart of a Forerunner: How to Be a Relevant and Influential Voice in a Wayward Nation
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