“If [any nation] learn[s] well the ways of my people and swear[s] by my name…then they will be established among my people. But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it,” declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 12:16–17, NIV 1984).
My Musings – On July 4, 1776 ” a new nation, conceived in liberty” was established and “assume[d] among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle[d]” it. No matter how well intentioned, however, no declaration by a nation is sufficient in and of itself to establish it “among [God’s] people.” Yet despite what many revisionists would lead us to believe, it learned “well the ways of [God’s] people and [swore] by [His] name,” it was established as a nation favored by God. There is no other way to explain how it emerged from its humble beginnings to what it became.
But new generations have emerged that in large part “does not listen” to His ways. And I fear that we are witnessing the beginnings of the complete uprooting and destruction of this highly favored nation. Yes, there is still hope. For “when I…send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:13–14, NIV 1984).
The question is, are we a people called by His name (a Christian nation)? Is there enough of a remnant among the people of this nation that is willing to “humble themselves and pray and seek [His] face and turn from their wicked ways” so that He will relent from uprooting and destroying it? Or have things “tipped” to such an extreme that it is no longer possible for it to be righted? For me, it is feeling more and more like that with each passing day.
My Advice – This nation may have passed the point where God will “hear from heaven and will forgive [its] sin and will heal [its] land.” But even if this is the case, it should not stop us humbling ourselves, praying, seeking His face, and turning from our wickedness.