We have all heard the term, “Never forget”. It is a term to display our loyalties to our nation, heroes and individuals who gave their lives for freedom. We make monuments, have special days and have parades so that we never forget the day or people who are honored on that day.
However, what happens when the nation forgets it’s history? What happens when the people of a nation built on Biblical principles forgets to keep those principles pure and holy? Without leading you down a path where only depression and sadness start, I want to let you know what our future may be like if we forget from whence we came.
I have been reading through the book of Jeremiah. Just a brief background, Jeremiah was a young prophet who was bringing bad news to Israel and Judah. Both nations had forgotten God and decided to worship idols. They followed the same traditions as other nations like, adultery, legalized prostitution and sacrificing their babies. These nations also tried to keep their own traditions as well, but with little to no success. Jeremiah was called to bring bad news to these nations in order to bring repentance.
In chapter 18, God leads Jeremiah to a potter’s house. There Jeremiah sees the potter struggling with clay. The clay didn’t form properly, so the potter decided to make something different. It was the potter’s decision to change his plans for the clay. When Jeremiah sees this, the Lord says something that can be taken as a warning for today.
“Then the word of the Lord came to me: ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does? Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.” (Jer. 18:5-10 NIV)
Did you see what I see? First, God chose the words, “If at any time…” This means we are not in control. We are not on a different time table. This is God’s time table and His desires, not ours.
Next, in both examples, He uses, “I announce…” God introduces the nations to the world, not men. No matter what we think, it is God who does the announcing. God announced to the world, that the United States of America was to be born. He allowed bad situations to happen in order to birth a nation. We didn’t do this on our own.
Finally, it is God’s decision to allow destruction or peace. If God sees a nation repent and return to Him, then He will turn aside the destruction He planned. Conversely, if a nation refuses to repent then God will consider destroying them as well.
God is the ultimate decision maker when it comes to a nation, it’s peace, it’s war and it’s life. Today, we live in a country that has strongly and swiftly forsaken it’s Godly roots. We were founded on principles which encouraged life, prosperity and equality. Our Constitution and Declaration of Independence display our forefathers dependency on God, their faith in God and their hopes that the generations will follow God.
Today, we hold to principles that are against what God’s Word says. We encourage sexually immoral lifestyles. We think that equality means putting up with the hateful words of others because they don’t agree with the Word of God. Our nation’s leaders encourage destroying life in the womb and pushing legislation that is immoral and unethical. Judges make decisions that are unconstitutional and are never taken into account. We are living in a nation that is full of sin and pride. But there is hope.
As with Israel in Jeremiah’s time, we can repent of our ways and turn back to God. We have the opportunity, each day, to return to the One who birthed this nation. As long as there is breath in our lungs, we are given another chance to return to God. The question becomes, will we?
God is in complete control, whether you believe it or not. He is allowing us to continue to live for a time. Only God allows a nation to be birthed or destroyed. My personal belief is that we only have a short time to repent. I believe we no longer have generations but years. Now, I could be wrong and hope that I am, but if we do not repent as a nation, then God will judge us for what we have and have not done. In God’s time, we will either live and prosper or be destroyed. It is up to us to show God that we want life. It is up to God to allow us that chance. Remember, each day we live free, we are given the grace to repent and change. What will we do and how will we proceed? Think about it and encourage our leaders to take this into account. Only God knows the time He has for the United States of America.
God bless our nation and encourage someone today.