Can a nation boast that its foundation rests on Biblical principles and declare itself Christian, yet stand with those who extort and deceive people? Will such a nation escape God’s gaze and the righteous judgements declared for those who trample on His word?
It is heartbreaking to see what is and has been happening in the US and around the world. Lives are being taken, relationships are breaking apart, people are hurting, and institutions are in disarray in the wake of a pandemic, social upheaval, and racial tensions. We readily relegate those with whom we disagree as members of “the other side”, even our fellow followers of Yeshua.
If God takes sides it would be between the righteous and the unrighteous—those who do His will and those who do not. It would not be between one political party of the other! Remember how the Angel of the Lord responded to Joshua who asked “are you for us or our enemies?” (Joshua 5:13).
Yeshua (Jesus) said that in these last days, many people’s love with grow cold because they will move away form Scripture (Matt 24:12). In case you missed it, it is because of our neglect of Scripture that the love of many will be cold! Without God, the world would be “as it was in the days of Noah” (Matt 24:37) when every thought and every heart emotion was to do evil continuously (Gen 6:5).
The Prophet Isaiah wrote that in these last times, people will not hide the true condition of the heart:
“The mean person will no longer be called generous, or the miserly said to be noble; for the mean person will speak meanness, his heart planning evil, so that he can act godlessly, spreading error concerning Adonai, as he lets the hungry go on starving and deprives the thirsty of drink. The mean person’s means are mean — he devises wicked devices to ruin the poor and needy with lies, even when their cause is just. But the generous person devises generous things, and his generosity will keep him standing” (Isaiah 32:5-8).
Will you be that generous person devising generous things? Isn’t this the nature of Messiah and isn’t He the One we should emulate? What is the body of Messiah on earth if not to comfort those who mourn, feed the hungry, plead the cause of the less fortunate, to love, be merciful, and perpetuate justice in an unjust world? Are we to fight cultural wars or to express the love of Messiah to everyone?
It is good to be zealous for God, but misplaced zeal can cause us to behave in such a way that brings harm to the kingdom by betraying the word of God. We should demonstrate our zeal for God in carrying out Yeshua’s commands for us to make disciples and to teach them to obey his word.
God alone can heal the wounds of a nation! If we claim to be one in Him it must be evident in our lives (outward and inward). Lest we forget that ” if anyone suffers for [believing in Yeshua], let him not be ashamed; but let him bring glory to God by the way he bears this name. For the time has come for the judgment to begin. It begins with the household of God (1 Peter 4:16-17a).
Would the Prophet say of this nation, “Oh, sinful nation, a people weighed down by iniquity, descendants of evildoers, immoral children! They have abandoned Adonai, spurned the Holy One of Isra’el, turned their backs on him!” (Isaiah 1:4). Will we turn from our sins and repent so that we can declare, “I thank you, Adonai, because, although you were angry at me, your anger is now turned away; and you are comforting me” (Isaiah 12:1)?
Or have we attained a state of righteousness the requires no repentance?