“You have abandoned your people, the house of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and clasp hands with pagans. Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots. Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made. So man will be brought low and mankind humbled–do not raise them up.” –Isaiah 2:6-9
As I was reading through Isaiah, I came across this passage, and was reminded of the United States, believe it or not. For example, the reason people (not the Native Americans) came to this land in the first place was for religious freedom. But as more people came, and trades among other nations grew, so did other religions, beliefs, wives’ tales, “stupid-stitions”, etc, and this new land that was based on the worship of the Lord God had soon become as the land of Canaan before it vomited out its inhabitants…or as David’s kingdom during the reign of Solomon – most admirable and great to look at, but no grounding in the Lord.
America Once Set the Standard
America has been looked up to by nations upon nations. Our dollar was once the standard for the rest of the world’s currencies. Though a small country in comparison, our land was once filled with silver and gold, and no end to our treasures. We were filled with strong pride in our military, “nobody can beat us,” we said. People escaped to the USA during wars in order to help us win. This was once the country that stood above the rest. Many even saw it as being the land where dreams come true, sidewalks of gold, land of opportunity, and some even dared call it “The New Jerusalem”. But then it was also full of idols…like the Israelites of old, we lost our focus. People began to bow to the work of their hands, claiming their deeds as their means of salvation. The rich are held high in the clouds, as heroes to hopefully become like one day. New ideas and twisted theologies emerged: “God helps those who help themselves” (which was actually taken from a fable of Aesop, from Greek Mythology, not the Holy Bible). Idols took on new forms, not just statues, but superstitious beliefs; lies; money and wealth; prosperity; fame; glory; jobs; relationships; material items that break, rust, and burn; busyness; sexualities; identities; “happiness”; whatever one could focus themselves after, and put above their worship of the Lord Almighty, became their idols.
Jesus said that those who are exalted will be humbled. History has continued to show us this among nations and kingdoms: Egypt, Babylon, Alexander the Great, Persia, Greece, Satan, Rome, China, Germany, England. Is it now time for the U.S.A. to join its predecessors?
But Now, America has Turned Her Back on God
Our dollar is no longer the world’s standard, and the economy is plummeting. Our country is losing its desired image. People have turned away from the Lord and to demons in hopes for happiness and salvation: New Age, Witchcraft, religious cults, atheism, and “feel-good messages”. They’ve traded Absolute Truth for “whatever they think is right and makes them happy”; Holiness for Heresy; Grace that cost the life of Jesus for grace that costs nothing; Kingdom and Body for personal and individual. “…they practice divination like the Philistines, and clasp hands with pagans.” No longer is it about holiness and being set apart as God’s people, for now the focus of the world has been on “coexisting”…”what I think is Truth, is”…”what makes me feel good”…”whatever makes you happy, makes me happy”, “as long as you’re enjoying life”, yet in this “coexistence”, REAL Christians are not among the invites (not that we want to be though).
Before entering the Promised Land, the Lord told the Israelites: “You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations, neither any of your own nation nor any stranger who dwells among you, (for all these abominations the men of the land have done, whom were before you, and thus the land is defiled), lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you.” (Leviticus 18:26-28)
Is it now America’s turn?
America has been held high for a long time. Is it now time for America to suffer the same fate as its fellow countries, as has been predicted by so many for so long? When looking at the roots of this country, many look to our forefathers – those whom had escaped here in order to worship the Lord (as the Israelites did from Egypt in the great Exodus). They sought out freedom to worship the Lord Almighty, the God of Jacob, as members of the House of Jacob through faith in Jesus Christ. Looking at the USA today, has it abandoned these people? Has the time arrived where “man will be brought low and mankind humbled”? What do you think (update: especially as we look at our current presidential candidates)? What are your thoughts on this?