On the other hand, Pastor Erwin Lutzer asked with tongue-in-cheek: “What could be more obvious than the fact that we have stood for democracy, financial opportunity, and freedom?”
He continues, “Think of the good America has done around the world! Of course God is on our side, and if he isn’t, He ought to be!”
If we want God with us, we must honor the sovereign Lord and His way; not drag His truth in the dirt. We forfeit our right to God’s favor when we thumb our nose at His laws.
Recently, a schoolgirl wore a chastity bracelet showing her aim to remain a virgin until marriage. However, she was forced to remove the bracelet. The bracelet was banned from the school because it was ruled to be religious.
Years ago, Will Durant commented: “The greatest question of our time is not communism versus individualism, not Europe versus America, not even East versus West; it is whether man can bear to live without God.”
However, it is obvious that America is hell-bent on stamping God out of our society. Witness the millions of murders allowed of innocent babies; the rampant advancement of homosexuality and the so-called same-sex marriage, all blatantly ignoring what the Bible teaches.
Irene Dune reminds us that “Trying to build the brotherhood of man without the fatherhood of God is like trying to make a wheel without a hub.”
Someone has said it is highly convenient to believe in the infinite mercy of God when you feel the need of mercy, but remember also His infinite justice. Quite likely, God has already begun His judgment of America.
God does not just bless nations, He also judges them. Note what God said to a nation: “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse — the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today.”
The Bible continues: “And the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have known” (Deuteronomy 11:26-28).
Even though America does not have a covenant relationship with God as did Israel, the principle certainly applies: God not only blesses a people or a nation; He also judges them and sometimes curses them.
R.C. Sproul, a well-known minister of the Gospel, says in his book, “When the World’s Collide,” allow for God’s providence as long as it is a blessing, but we have no room for God’s providence if that providence represents some kind of judgment.”
Sproul points out that during a national catastrophe such as 9/11, we “allow God off the reservation” to fulfill His obligation to bless us, but when we fill secure again, God is tucked away.
So what are we to do, since our nation turns its back on God? As we face the future, we are to do what our Lord said, “Stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28).