The Rejection of America
"...one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice, for all."
I can recall the days of my youth when I would be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, "religiously," in elementary school. Back then it seemed like a formative nuisance - just one of those things that was part of the school day. I am not saying that I totally despised reciting the pledge. I just accepted the fact that every morning at the beginning of the school day, the entire school, as a unit, recited the pledge with no complaints or issues. Yes, there were students that did not have to stand and recite the pledge due to various religious beliefs. But this never became an issue that was totally blown out of proportion. I mean, we do live in a country that promotes liberty and freedom for all. Right?
One nation, Under God - In God we trust.
These are just a few phrases that have framed the existence of this great country, America, since its conception. The fingerprints of God are on this country, allowing the favor and anointing of God to rest and inhabit the land. Prosperity and favor have been the mantras of America because of its acknowledgement of the laws of God (Ten Commandments) and God Himself as the Supreme Being and source of all good things.
Times have changed drastically, however. In a land that once revered God and held the Holy Bible in high standards, there has arisen an Anti-God spirit in which is virtually responsible for the downward spiral of the nation as a whole. In a land that once respected various commandments such as "thou shalt not kill", or "thou shalt not commit adultery," secular opinion openly glorifies violence, murder and sexual perversion, as if these things are the new age "gospel" of America.
What has happened?
The children of Israel, as depicted throughout the entire old testament of the bible, is a great foreshadow, or mirror image of today's America. A people that were delivered from bondage and given freedom, the children of Israel habitually turned their backs on God and decided that their ways were better than God's ways. A God that brought them out of Egypt and Babylon did not receive the respect and love from His children that He rightfully deserved.
1 Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the Land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove, another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.
5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
The situation is most definitely the same with today's America. Throughout the years, secular opinion has tried to subliminally erase the knowledge of God and any representation of God in America. Unfortunately, because of the lack of knowledge of who God is and His commandments, wickedness and unrighteousness has been able to abound and fester. The voice of the Lord has not been given attention and has subsequently been drowned out by the perverseness and lack of holiness in this land - America.
If it were not for the abundant grace and mercy of God, America would possibly be the modern example of Sodom and Gomorrah, utterly destroyed by fire, brimstone, His anger and wrath. Nonetheless, God is becoming extremely fed up with a stiff necked people that refuse to honor Him and give Him glory. And because of this, the wrath of God is inevitable for this nation. Though America is the leading nation in mission work, and despite the fact that America has been the greatest supporter of the nation of Israel, and even though America gives more money to struggling nations than any other nation, all of these things cannot, and will not stop the coming judgment and wrath of God. These humanitarian efforts may delay the wrath, but in no way will it cancel the wrath and judgment.
Just as the children of Israel rejected God, so has America. Hence, there will come a time of mourning - moreso than the period of time that immediately followed September 11, 2001. 9/11 will be a hiccup compared to the judgment and wrath of God that is coming. So severe will the judgment be that even the birds of the air, the beasts of the field and the fish of the sea will be removed!
I strongly believe that we are heading for a time in the near future where all that we will have is God. This is what God wants anyways. But unfortunately, it will only be through tragedy, persecution, tribulation and travail that the citizens of America will recognize God again, turn away from the sinful ways of the culture, and serve God unconditionally.
If we look back at 9/11 briefly, we can remember how there was a great influx of souls to local churches. Ministries throughout the country experienced exponential growth for a short period of time. This was just a microcosm of what is to come. There is a great awakening that will come - an awakening that will be triggered by the hand of God - an awakening that pulls on the heartstrings of Americans nationwide. This awakening will strip everything Americans lean on and force them to lean on none other than God Almighty.
God wants America to know Him again. He wants us to return to the days of our youth when prayer in schools was commonplace. He wants us to return to the days where we acknowledged who He was.
If we do not acknowledge God now, we will be forced to do so in the days to come (every knee shall bow, every tongue will confess). I do not believe that it would be wise for people to try to test God and not accept Him into their heart. Jesus Christ is waiting to take each and everyone of us by the hand and escort us to Father God. It is the knowledge of the Son that leads us to the love of God. God wants to continue to bless America. But we are making it increasingly difficult for Him to find a reason to do so.
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Maurice Perry is an up and coming author in the kingdom of God. He is currently writing his first two books on spiritual warfare in the urban community.
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