There is a great American divide arising. Democrats, Republicans and all those falling into such camps are arming themselves with as much clout, money, and free flowing power to manipulate prevailing culture. The fortitude of this divide will surely unravel the nation. Predicted, if not premeditated, calamities are coming to fruition. The elected leader of a world power came to office as a weak, infirm, elderly man. Personal security cannot hide President Biden’s frailty…
This is no indictment against frail elderly. They should be esteemed and cared for in every way, not propped up for political puppetry. After only three months we are seeing the façade crumbling. What and who will rise up to the forefront will inflame national division and stir implosion.
If God appoints leaders, and He does, and God appointed Joe Biden, what is God’s call to His body in the USA? Why is God exposing our national weakness, frailty, and utter folly?
The greatest interest of Almighty God is His people on the earth. Through them He determines to be glorified and exalted. Towards this the Lord can orchestrate events and circumstances to separate His people from this world. Perhaps it is not hard for believers who live under Communism, Islam, or dictatorship to ‘separate themselves from the world’. But Christian Americans have interwoven themselves through church, civic duties, and charitable initiatives to their nation. Our light however, is not casting out the darkness, the darkness is dimming our light.
Dare we read the scriptures in this manner….
Do not love the United States or anything in the United States. If anyone love the United States, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the United States – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – come not from the Father but from the United States. The United States and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. (I John 2:15 & 16, modified)
Is the USA in the world or isn’t it?
The devil is happy to see the people of God clamoring after a man made constitution, vying for their rights in a condemned world, and diluting their faith with ‘right minded’ unbelievers. That is no threat at all to the powers of darkness! But let the body of Christ fully trust in God’s unchanging word and separate themselves unto God. Then will we, individually and together, be enlivened by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel to both sides of the American divide.
According to the late Art Katz, from his book Apostolic Foundations, “…there is something about the nature of nationhood that encourages patriotism, which is an idolatrous preoccupation with one’s nation.”
Satan loves patriotism. It justifies a defendable self-righteousness and deceives even matured Christians. Gaining the attention of ‘important people’ in ‘high position’ is an irresistible allurement to Christian leadership. And still, Satan is happy, for neither Jesus nor His apostles ever jockeyed up the social or political ladder. Every rung on that ladder requires compromise and with each step we lose God’s presence until we reach ICHOBAD.
Through our nation’s division and discord, God is exposing the idolatry of patriotism. Rallying to maintain prosperity, moral ideals, and our constitutional rights makes it impossible to “pick up our cross and follow Christ”. The crucial message of the Gospel becomes little more than a generic message of God’s love instead of proclaiming Christ’s return as Judge and King and calling for repentance.
We are a nation now led by folly, frailty and a crumbling façade. Reprobate minds will lead us further into darkness. May this grip our hearts toward God, may we wait upon Him daily. He may not lead us into powerful political arenas or exciting rallies but to the ordinary, the broken, and those who hunger as the Good Shepherd seeks out His lost sheep.
“Direct my footsteps according to Your word; let no sin rule over me.” Psalm 119:133