“This is the decree the Most High has issued against my lord [Nebuchadnezzar]: The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes. Your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules. Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.” (Daniel 4:24, 26–27, NIV 1984).
Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? “This is what the LORD says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you.'” (2 Samuel, 12:7–9, 11, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Kings and kingdoms come and they go. World powers rise and they fall. God gives to them as He chooses and at the times that He chooses. And He takes them away as and when He chooses. Obviously rulers do not last forever, for they are mortal, but some remain in power longer than others. Empires can last longer, but none in the past that have risen to domination have been able to retain it. Why should America be any different?
Acknowledging God’s sovereignty and that Heaven rules can prolong the rule of both leaders and nations. Renouncng sins, doing what is right, being kind to the oppressed can allow both to continue and perhaps be “given even more” blessings. But pride and arrogance over its achievements, increasing wickedness and oppression, and despising the Word of the Lord will ultimately result in calamity. As past rulers and empires have learned.
“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers—and it was not there. . . . in her fertile fields and bound less forests—and it was not there. . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce—and it was not there. . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution—and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” This has been attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, although apparently it does not appear in his study of “Democracy In America” or his other writings. But the sentiments are still relevant.
My Advice – “Making America Great Again” has very little to do with economic might, military power, or stature on the world stage. It has everything to do with restoring goodness, decency, fair play and the rule of law to all of its citizens, those seeking a better life, and visitors to its shores, regardless of race or ethnicity, and being a good citizen in the global community beyond its borders.
Relative to many other countries, America is still numbered among the better ones and has much to be admired for. But to be among the “most favored nations” that God chooses for carrying out His purposes, more is required than “relative to many other countries.”
Rising above relativism is not possible without acknowledging that God is sovereign and that Heaven rules. Regrettably, more and more within America’s borders are less and less willing to do so. And “out of [our] own household [He may] bring calamity upon [us].” Unless and until it becomes more willing, that calamity grows nearer and nearer. And eventually God will say “enough!” America appears to be at that crossroads. Will it “renounce” or will it “acknowledge?” The scales have been moving towards renounce for a good number of years. Pray that as a nation, we choose wisely and reverse direction. “It may be that then [its] prosperity will continue.”