BANKRUPTCY OF A
NATION
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INTRODUCTION

Bankruptcy of a nation includes spiritual, moral, or intellectual bankruptcy with many in the act or process of if the current trend continues unabated.  It was noted that many are unaware, or uncaring, as they continue on the pathway of bankruptcy

Many nations are on the verge of financial bankruptcy enhanced by excessive spending in a reckless manner exposing themselves to what is warned of in God’s Word: The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7)!


Bankruptcy of a Nation
Leads to Downfall

Spiritual bankruptcy of a nation entails walking away from sound Biblical instruction; led in ungodly and demeaning ways, to destroy the concept of godly instruction, with enhancement of socialistic agenda that leads to a nation’s downfall!  There is a failing in standing for truth as many do not know the truth of the issues being promoted, being deceived into believing a lie rather than seeking out the truth. 

We are in a cultural war that is attempting to offset democracy and enslave the unlearned; walking away from adherence to the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God! 

Pathway of Destruction

We live in a culture that has become increasingly hostile to God!  It was noted that many are dismissing 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. 

When such comes into existence, that nation or individual is headed on the pathway of doom, having forsaken their only hope for a better life; along with the glory of a future life in a heavenly abode.  Bankruptcy of a spiritual or moral nature leads one down the pathway of destruction rather than peace of mind!

Wrong Influence Planted

Apostle Peter noted: God turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemning them as an example to those that afterward should live ungodly.  And delivered just Lot, vexed (oppressed) with the filthy conversation (conduct) of the wicked; for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed (tormented) his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds. 

The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to reserve the unjust (wicked) unto the Day of Judgment to be punished (2 Peter 2:6-9).  When the bankruptcy of a nation (spiritual, moral, and intellectual) falls into such a category; their only hope for the future is repentance, to rid the wrong influence that has been planted with a false hope of being gratifying to the soul!

Pit of Despair

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Lot (previously mentioned) had fallen into the pit of despair through having made the wrong choice as to his place of residence!  Scripture reveals: Abram (Lot’s uncle) dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward (as far as) Sodom.  But the men of Sodom were wicked, and sinners (sinful) before the Lord exceedingly (Genesis 13:13). 

Lot, when given a choice as to the direction he would take, choose an area that was well watered, which was appealing to his being a herdsman.  It was as Eve, in the Garden of Eden, looking upon the fruit of the forbidden tree, that it was good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and desirable. 

Just as Eve, Lot’s choice was based on deception; a pragmatic problem in our present day environment!  Lot first camped outside Sodom but was drawn to Sodom, which could have been costly, had it not been for God’s mercy and Abram’s intercession!  The bankruptcy of any nation is to identify with its preconceived notions without godly direction!

Forsaking Godly Influence

Scripture reveals God increases (makes great) the nations, and destroys them; he enlarges (spreads out) the nations, and straitens (guides) them again (Job 12:23).  Bankruptcy of a nation is dependent on whether it adheres to God’s helping hand or forsakes godly influence!  Many today are suffering from a loss of godly leadership once enjoyed.  The path of unrighteousness has become more attractive than the righteousness of God as deception rather than rational thinking plays into the picture. 

Godly leadership will bring prosperity but without that leadership such is no longer a factor!  Such was noted in the leadership of Moses, who departed from his people, on a spiritual journey to Mount Sinai, to gain godly instruction!  Upon His departure, the people, without his leadership, turned to the pagan worship God had delivered them from. This misadventure proved to be costly when God’s wrath was unleashed!

Violation of God's Word

Scripture reveals: Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach (disgrace) to any people (Proverbs 14:34).  Under godly leadership nations are exalted; but when sin comes in the midst, it can be devastating to those who violate God’s Word, walking in their own paths rather than a godly venue!  God is longsuffering; desiring repentance to come to the forefront with a return to Him, but is also as a consuming fire to those who fail to repent! 

God who gave us life gave us liberty.  Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?  Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever (Thomas Jefferson).  Spiritual bankruptcy of a nation plays into the picture when one continues in sin without a repentant heart or remorse; becoming hardhearted towards the things of God!

When Lawlessness
Abounds

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It was noted that where vice (sin) reigns, iniquity (lawlessness) abounds, profaneness, immorality of all sorts prevails, and people become mean and despicable.  Bible prophecy speaks of the last days in which deception, extreme wickedness, corruption, and violence prevails. Bankruptcy of a nation involves not only financial but spiritual, moral, and intellectual bankruptcy; as previously noted. 

When one becomes as Lot, in the midst of such, one can readily see the moral depravity and pitfall of being deceived into believing all is well, but too weak in one’s spiritual life to overcome that which is witnessed on a daily basis!  It will take the hand of God, as in Lot’s case, to deliver one from such surroundings; and even he lingered, having to be taken by the hand and led from the forthcoming destruction by angels of the Lord (Genesis 19:16).

Nations that Forget
God

The Psalmist revealed: The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalm 9:17).  As previously noted, bankruptcy of a nation is not only in the financial realm but spiritually and moral as well.  It is discouraging to see nations fall into spiritual bankruptcy; having previously experienced the blessings of God, having been nourished and flourishing when looking to Him! 

When bankruptcy plays into the picture, after having forsaking God's leadership, the umbrella of protection can be closed, along with token judgmental strokes applied seeking a return!  The conscience of a nation, and its people, can be so seared that repentance is no longer a factor; God’s judgmental stroke can then become one of devastation as in the pre-Flood days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylon the hold of every foul spirit!

Bankruptcy Not a Factor
Under Godly Influence

Apostle Peter wrote: You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar (special) people; that you should show (proclaim) forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness (sinfulness) into his marvelous light (the Gospel message).  Which in time past were not a people (the unsaved), but now the people of God (saved by His grace); which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy (1 Peter 2:9-10). 

Apostle Paul wrote:  That you may be blameless and harmless (innocent), the sons (children) of God, without rebuke (fault), in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation (Philippians 2:15).  The bankruptcy of a nation; especially towards the spiritual, moral, and intellectual side of man, will not be a factor as long as one shines forth with godly influence!

Stand Against Evilness
of Man

Jesus said: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works (witness), and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).  It was noted that this describes the essential mission of the Christian in the world; whose light is to clearly shine forth into the darkness (sinfulness) of human depravity.  Darkness is the absence of light; and darkness alone cannot dispel the light, but the smallest light can dispel the greatest darkness. 

Apostle Paul wrote: Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might; putting on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil (evilness of mankind); for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness of high places (Ephesians 6:10-12).  The spiritual bankruptcy of a nation will not be a factor when one applies the principles of godly instruction to its basic foundation!

Provision Made

God made a provision for nations who find themselves in a spiritual bankruptcy:  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

It is a high expression of God’s loving readiness to hear the prayers of a repentant people (nation)!  Throughout God’s Word provision is made for a return to Him; as well as identifying what would happen for failure to do so!  Scripture reveals: God is a merciful God but also is as a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29) as previously mentioned.

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