Judges 2:12 (NLT)
"They abandoned the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the LORD."
America has angered God. The story of America is much like the story of the Israelites. God gave us freedom and liberty and we abandoned Him. We have forgotten all that God did as He designed a new country and a new people. As Israel was enslaved in Egypt so we were enslaved to the powers of England. But God moved on the hearts of men and women and we followed the leadership of God and founded a new order. It was called the United States. Our leaders believed in God. Our people believed in God. We believed in the Truth of God’s Word. America’s people had values that were given to us by God in His Holy Word. It was George Washington who said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible”. However, we now have a generation that has forgotten God, His Word, and His promises.
America has become tolerant of all religions. As Christians, God called us to be separate and to be different from the world. We have done just as the Israelites did. We have taken the gods of the world and we have forgotten the God who made the world. We have allowed the few to make decisions for the majority. We have failed to stand for the Truth that God gave us. We are worshiping the false gods of the people around us. Samuel Adams said, “The rights of the colonists as Christians…may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament”. America has forgotten God and His Word. And we wonder why our Nation is in the shape it’s in!
Just as Israel returned to God so can America. We can once again be the “In God We Trust” land. We can return to God in confession and repentance. It begins with the people of God getting back to God. We have followed the strange gods of the world and now we must return to the One True God. God was intolerant of false gods and false religions and so must we be. Believers must no longer tolerate the immoral actions of our leaders. We must no longer tolerate the immoral actions of our citizens. We must remember that the wages of sin is death and America is on her death bed. But sin can be forgiven. God will forgive our sins and heal our land if we are willing to return to Him with our whole heart. God is ready to forgive us if we are ready to confess and repent. America, what will we do?
Pastor Tom Doty writes a morning devotional available by email. You may contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.