What does our hope for a better America look like? And how do we work together to bring it about?
These are the questions that we’re faced with as a nation. And there have been plenty of answers given on the subject. But it is an extremely complex undertaking. For example, “How do we increase the size and functionality of our government, while at the same time, avoiding the trap of tyranny”, “How do we bring down the level of violent crime without taking away the civil liberties of everyone”, “How do we provide for our poor without becoming communists”…etc.
Many have their views on what a better America is, as well as what is required to improve the state of our country. But what is the true solution. Who can speak as an authority on this issue? That would be, none other than, God; “The Sovereign Lord” & “Creator of Heaven & Earth”.
So lets find out what he has to say in the Bible about making a great country.
1 ”Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:
3 ”Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
4 ”Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
5 ”Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
6 ”Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 ”The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
8 ”The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
9 ”The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.
10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you.
11 And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.
12 The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
13 And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.
14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Scripture tells us that our national survival, wellbeing, and prosperity is directly dependent upon our obedience to God’s law. But we obviously are not obedient to God’s law. For example, we, like the Jews, could not even keep the first commandment; ” You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3). Our country is filled with false religions.
Can any nation prosper in its rebellion against God? Lets learn from God’s discipline of the Jewish nation; Judah.
11 For I am with you,’ says the LORD, ‘to save you; Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, Yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, And will not let you go altogether unpunished.’
But this is because of God’s unique covenant with the Jews, not us Gentiles. God hasn’t made a covenant with America or any of the other Gentiles for that matter. So how can God hold Gentiles, like America, accountable to a covenant that he has not made with them???
This is how.
29 “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
1 ”Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
6 ” I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles,
19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.
35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.
54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
1 ”Listen, O coastlands, to Me, And take heed, you peoples from afar! The LORD has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
6 Indeed He says, ‘ It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’ “
7 Thus says the LORD, The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, To Him whom man despises, To Him whom the nation abhors, To the Servant of rulers: ” Kings shall see and arise, Princes also shall worship, Because of the LORD who is faithful, The Holy One of Israel; And He has chosen You.”
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
23 And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,
31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.
The Scriptural evidence of the covenant that Jesus Christ has made with the world is overwhelming and without dispute. Therefore, it is true, that God is holding the Gentiles, including America, to his Law. Not the Old Covenant Law for the Jews, but the New Covenant which Jesus Christ has made with the world. That is the law we must all obey. The first commandment of this law is, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15). But this we refuse to do as a nation. And how could we? After all, the Scriptures says, “…whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” (John 8:34).
Our country, as well as the rest of the world, is enslaved to sin. Therefore, we are under God curse, and not his blessing. Deuteronomy chapter 28 describes God blessing upon a nation that obeys him. And the chapter also describes the many curses that comes upon a nation that disobeys him. “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation” (Hebrews 2:1-3). We shall not.
The curse of the law is described in this way, “…visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me” (Exodus 20:5 & Romans 1:18-32), as well as, “tyranny, war, famine and mass deaths of all kinds” (Revelation 6:1-8 & Deuteronomy 28:15-68). These curses are upon the whole world because the whole world rejects Jesus Christ, persists in false religions and even persecutes Christ’ church. And America is not exempt. As long as we continue in these sins, there is no hope for a better America. And there is no role for anyone to play in removing God’s curses. “These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”” (Revelation 3:7). Our vote cannot stay the hand of God, who is neither democrat or republican.
12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying:
13 ”Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it.
14 Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord GOD.
So what do we do???
There is only one course of action to take. And it starts in one’s own life and in one’s own home. It is this, “”Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31). It is not a national plan of action, but a person to person plan of action. There is no hope for our country and world. There is only hope for those who follow Jesus Christ.
And this is the way,
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?
26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Our present life of sinful living most die, and a new life of righteousness must arise. That is the significance of our baptism.
3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
As for our country and world,
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world.
17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
Our allegiance is not to America or any political party. Instead, we merely obey it laws. But we who are in Christ are not its citizens. Our citizenship is in Heaven.
17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.
18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame — who set their mind on earthly things.
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
That is our hope. It is not the hope of a better country, but Christ’ return. And he will provide us with a better world. A world ruled by the Son of God in righteousness, instead of this present world, ruled by Satan in unrighteousness. And understand that a world ruled by the god of this world (Satan) has no hope, “…because the god of this world is judged” (John 16:11). Therefore, America’s future is cannot be better than it’s present, but worse.
This evaluation of America is not based upon the latest news report by our media, but the word of God. It alone is the authority on sin righteousness and judgment because it is “truth”. And it is not mere text, but a person. Therefore this report on the future of our nation, and world, has been brought to you by Jesus Christ; The Word of God.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life —
2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us —
3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.