A nation without God on the surface may seem to prosper but is lost and desolate without God; in a world seeing devastation at every hand, social and political upheaval, wars and rumors of war, pandemics; creating a physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual downward spiral.
Jesus described the characteristics of the time leading to the end of the world. He said there would be religious deception, political unrest, natural disasters, wars, and persecution of believers in Him. We are seeing insufferable times; especially if one is not looking to God as a source of provision and deliverance!
If we ever forget that we are a nation under God then we will be a nation gone under (Ronald Reagan). It was noted that eventually kingdoms crumble because they ascended on the shaky foundation of human ingenuity, political intrigue, selfish interest, and human economy. The time is coming when all powers and principalities will collapse under the weight of God's judgment.
We live in a culture that is increasingly hostile to God with many having dismissed God from their lives. No individual, or nation, will be good without God. Nations ancient and modern have been wicked and cruel, and have inflicted unspeakable misery on humankind because they have rejected the one true living God. Voices of the past issuing a warning towards a nation, without God, attempting to maneuver on their own.
Fear that man who fears not God (Anonymous Quote). We are all dangerous folk without God's controlling hand (William Ward Ayer). God often visits us but most of the time we are not at home (Joseph Roux). One has to trust that God knows how to manage the world (Isaac Singer). If one were turned into the wisdom handed down, through godly advice, they would be far better than listening to unsound, unbiblical, and adverse advice!
Godly leadership is demonstrated many times in God's Word; as well as leadership that is evil and rebellious towards God and ill-advising the people. We are living in a time when truth is hard to identify; being sweep under the rug to deceive the people towards acceptance of a desired lifestyle or political power grab.
It was noted that where there is no fear of God, no reverence for God, every evil can and will abound. The idea that we humans will be good without God is a deceptive fallacy. When people are devoid of the knowledge and wisdom that comes from believing God and having reverence for Him, they become morally corrupt, exceedingly evil, violent and destructive.
We are seeing characteristics of a nation without God breathing life into a culture that no longer reverences God. There is little sanctity of life, mob rule exists with devastating results, morality is taking a back seat to immorality, the decency that previously existed in a godly culture is almost non-existent; with the rule of law having been discarded through political maneuvering.
If truth is not promulgated, error will be; if the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breath of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end (Daniel Webster).
Instead of the power of the Gospel spreading throughout the land; there is a social gospel being fostered towards acceptance! There is a dereliction of duty that does not see the necessity of spelling out social injustices; allowing them to foster and grow without regards to their destructive nature.
Jesus spoke of the Parable of the Wheat and Tares: While men slept (completely unaware), his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way (Matthew 13:25). It was noted during the church age converts will be made from all over the world and received upon profession of faith. Thus, it will be easy to slip in some counterfeits that profess Christianity but are as tares that resemble wheat but do not come to fruition!
True converts produce fruitful lives whereas false converts produce no lasting fruit. Jesus said: Every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit (Matthew 7:19). It was noted that a genuinely saved person (converted to Christ) is one that does the will of God, living according to His will, as a normal course of life.
The Prophet Nehemiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, proclaimed: Many years did you forbear them (have patience with them), and testified against them (warned) by your spirit in your prophets: yet would they not give ear (turning a stubborn shoulder); therefore gave you into the hand of the people of the lands (Nehemiah 9:30). The people of the land had refused to hear what "Thus saith the Lord" ignoring God's long-suffering towards them!
It was noted that God sent His prophets to give the people warning, reproving and admonishing them, as a nation without God, having sought others to lead and guide them. Therefore God gave them over to people of other lands, the Assyrians and Chaldeans, as punishment for having turned a deaf ear to those (prophets) prompting the people's return to God. Had the people turned over a new leaf; departing from their evil ways, as Nineveh of old, God would have relented of the judgment that would have been forthcoming.
A nation without God is as the pre-Flood days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylon the hold of every foul spirit; all which suffered God's judgment. It was noted that God having power and authority to create also has power and authority to destroy that which He creates.
When humans become so evil, that every thought and imagination of the human mind and heart was only evil continually (as in the pre-Flood days of Noah); God decided to destroy from the earth the humans He had created. To give life and take away life are both within God's authority. It was noted that indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever (Thomas Jefferson).
It was noted that the destiny of nations is still in the hands of a sovereign God. Sin shortens the existence of both governments and individuals. Unless we heed the lessons of history, and Biblical instruction, a calamity can come upon us as suddenly and even more devastating than came to the God-defying Belshazzar who was weighed in the balances and found wanting (Daniel 5:20).
Apostle Peter wrote: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise (punishment of the ungodly), as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). This clearly expresses God's desire for the salvation of all who will place their trust in Him, rather than continually reject Him!
Apostle Peter continued in warning: Whereby the heavens and the earth that then was (pre-Flood days of Noah), being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against (until) the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation (conduct) and godliness (2 Peter 3:10-11).
God's Word reveals a coming revelation; a revamping of the world, as in the days of Noah, but this time by the elements (heavens and earth) melting with fervent heat, which could suggest a nuclear holocaust, a cosmic happening, etc.; but however accomplished, it will be by the hand of God!
Apostle Peter conveyed a promise to the believer: Nevertheless we (believers in Christ), according to his (God's) promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. Wherefore, seeing that you look for such things be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:13-14).
Beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:17). It was noted that this encourages the believer to look beyond this present world to a new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness (godliness). This is a far cry from what one is presently experiencing in a world of turmoil, sin, and corruption!
Apostle Paul wrote: Come out from among them (the world), and be you separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing (pollutions of this world); and I (God) will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17-18). Having therefore these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).
Apostle Peter revealed: For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God (1 Peter 4:17)? It was noted that church is pursuing social status rather than sanctification (being set apart), financial security rather than sacrifice, prestige rather than the moving of God's Spirit? A nation without God lacks the spiritual leadership required to offset such a designation. Where is the moral outrage necessary to petition God for a new reformation or another great awakening?
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