Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. (Psalm 33:12 NIV)
As Christian faith continues to decline, note the proportionate increase in the world’s woes, particularly in the West. The blessings of the past have stepped aside while conflicts, trials, tragedies and tempestuous storms prevail. Might we dare suggest that God is showing his anger?
Religious people choose not to think of God in that light. At the same time, when their disobedient and rebellious children turn against them, their emotion is anger. When their sons and daughters take their inheritance and waste it in riotous living, they are not exactly pleased. Otherwise happy couples become obsessed with how they might punish their wayward kids. Anger, in this case, is normal. Predictably, we who do wrong know consequences will eventually catch up.
I ask again, “What is happening to America? Does it mean God is angry?” Of course it does. The Lord has a purpose in it: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray…” was often quoted in the late summer of 2001. When that storm passed, the country went back to practicing every kind of evil. The lesson was quickly forgotten. Then, if wickedness grows to a never-before-seen level, what do we think will happen if not a judgment far more painful than the last. Ignore this warning and just read the future in Deuteronomy 29.
You are doggone right God is angry! He is especially perturbed with those who call themselves Christians, yet say the Lord will do nothing (Amos 9:10). They maintain their positive outlook that life will go on as it always has, but they don’t know God.
We are all in this together. The rain falls on the righteous and the wicked. We see the innocent swept away with the guilty, but here is the difference: The Lord is able to separate the evil from the blameless. Life passes quickly, but for those who turn from their wicked ways, and cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, they will receive forgiveness and eternal life.
Seek the LORD while he may be found, call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. (Isaiah 55:6-7 NIV)
In every relationship, even the most loving ones, there is a time for anger. Anger, properly expressed, gives opportunity to clear the air and right the wrongs. With all the sin, corruption, hatred, violence, debauchery, godlessness, deceit and idolatry for which America is noted, we understand why God is angry. Use it as opportunity.
Let us do all in our power to show that we and our forbearers deserve our punishment–in fact, we deserve more than we get. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those crushed in spirit. Let us take what we have coming without attributing evil to God. (See Job 1 and 2.) When we rise, we must be sure to produce the fruit of repentance. For if we think God’s angry now, the insincere have yet to see real anger!