Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34 ESV)
(This series is taken from the essay “What Gives America?” by our newest contributor Benaiah Fredericks.)
In our last study, we compared Israel’s tribes, Ephraim and Manasseh, with the prosperous cousins Great Britain and America. Presently, all is not well on either side of the ocean. Like Britain after the 2nd World War, America is headed in a downward spiral. While the U.S. remains strong in many aspects and a major player in the world, it has lost significant ground in important areas. Though there is optimism in America due to economic and foreign policy gains, our diagnosis is based on realism. Examination from a prophetic and spiritual perspective reveals a crumbling foundation. Though we do not neglect the political and socio-economic factors, we shine God’s light on matters other than the superficial. To do otherwise would ignore the real problem.
We declare Britain’s and America’s prosperity is a result of their Ephraimite inheritance, a blessing rooted in God’s covenant with the Patriarchs. All He asked in return was obedience from His people. By following God’s ordained path, nations prosper. Straying, however, results in curses such as defeat in battle, famine, poverty, natural disasters, and also slavery to the devil (i.e. reproach).
In Deuteronomy 28, God announced the way of continual blessing, but Britain and America have forgotten or willfully disregarded it. Not only has America incurred God’s wrath for its war on Christians, but she has left herself open for enemy subversion. The devil has not yet swooped in for the kill because the Lord has held him back–but how much longer?
Without a moral foundation, the house collapses. Examples of Western decadence and indecency abound. What was once forbidden is now lauded. The sluice gates of filth have opened wide. Hearts have grown cold. Bible believers are reviled and labelled as bigots, divisive or the enemies of progress.
Covenant people who abandon God are courting disaster.
You say, “We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world, who serve wood and stone.” But what you have in mind will never happen. As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will rule over you with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and outpoured wrath. (Ezekiel 20:32-33 NIV)
Only the spiritually blind cannot foresee a looming day of disaster. Without any elaboration, examine the list: The National debt; Corruption at all levels; Filthy communications; Sensuality and lust; Greed; Self-centeredness and hedonism; Idolatry; Violence; Religiosity; Hostility toward devout Christians and Jews…and the list goes on.
Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their back on Him. Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted… (Isaiah 1:4-6)
For the diligent student, the writing is on the wall. America is wounded to the core. She has broken her covenant with God, as did Israel in former days. If America is not willing to return to the Lord, then the nation will perish. If the saints repent of their sins and those of their forefathers, we will still share in the nation’s punishment, but will find refuge in the day of trouble (Romans 5:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:9).
We will conclude with Part 6: A look beyond the present and toward America’s destiny.