I ordinarily start my blog with a story or something that I have experienced. That experience usually gives me a jumping off place for the nugget of truth that has been bouncing around in my noggin.
However, after listening a bit to news commentators talking about a second presidential impeachment, I find myself sitting here agonizing over the question, “How did our great nation, how did proud America come to such ruin?” Now, you may think me over dramatic. You make think me an alarmist, but I am looking at our country with eyes wide open, and what I see is heartbreaking.
How did we arrive at this seemingly insoluble conundrum? It didn’t happen overnight. Where did we go astray?
One morning recently, during my devotions, I read the 16th chapter of the book of Ezekiel. The prophet records for us, in a nutshell, the history of Israel from its inception to its Babylonian captivity and its exile in other nations.
In Egypt, Israel was likened to an exposed, uncared for infant, whom no one pitied. She was doomed for destruction, but God looked upon her with kindness and tender affection. He rescued her from death, saying “Live!” Through the centuries, He multiplied this straggling band of 70 until they grew into a great kingdom.
He made a covenant with Israel, and became her God and she His people. He beautified and adorned her clothing her with fine linen and silk. He placed a shining crown upon her head, and fed her with abundance. He raised her from poor beginnings to a place of great reputation and renown, but when Israel had grown to maturity, she forgot that all she had and all she had become was a gift from God.
She grew proud and forgot her humble beginnings. She looked on her glory as her own. She recognized and adopted the worship of every heathen nation that offered alliance. She no longer needed God.
Because of her sin and disobedience, God allowed her to be taken into captivity where she remained for 70 years, while her homeland lay desolate. Never has she regained her greatness living a troubled existence for centuries. But, God has not forgotten His covenant with Israel.
Ezekiel 16:60-62, God’s promise to Israel, “Nevertheless I will remember…and I will establish my covenant with you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
I cannot help but draw a very close parallel between the early history of the Nation of Israel and that of our own beloved United States of America. Think of our humble beginnings. Trying to survive in an uncharted wilderness, we depended upon God, who saw us through those impossible years. I am convinced of! It was God who caused us to multiply and prosper and grow into a great nation—a nation of great repute and renown—a nation admired—a world leader.
Why, because we included God in our lives. He was essential to our daily living. O, I know that many people did not follow God nor even believe in Him, but for most of the history of this country we lived and judged by Godly standards. Values, society and institutions were largely shaped by Christian and Biblical principles. Without God there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life.
Our founding fathers separated church from state, but they did not separate God from state. We are the ones who have pushed God to the sideline. As we grew and prospered, we became proud crediting ourselves for our own success. Growing proud, we forgot our humble beginnings. We forgot that all we have and all we have become is a gift from God.
Leaders in our country today would like to erase or rewrite our history, but when we leave God out trouble multiplies and pandemonium reigns. As He dealt with Israel, when she rejected Him, I believe God is now dealing with us allowing the unheard of, dangerous, destructive uproar in our nation, because of our arrogant disobedience and rejection of Him.
As a language student in Brussels, Belgium many years ago, I mingled with young people from all over the world. Almost, without exception, those students longed for the day they could immigrate to the USA. They would have gladly given up their own citizenship to become an American citizen. I wonder now what people from other nations are thinking of the chaos in which we find ourselves.
I do not know the end result of all of this. I do not know what will become of America, but I do know God is faithful to those who love, obey, and serve Him faithfully. As with Israel, He has made a covenant with us.
In Revelation 2:10 He assures us, “Do not fear any of those things you are about to suffer…Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Hang in there, my friends. THERE IS A GOD IN HEAVEN and He is still in control.
Remember, the sun will come out tomorrow!