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Idolatry in America – What is God’s plan for us?

This subject has been on my heart for some time. I wasn’t sure how to address it because it seems absurd and yet also hits close to home for many. We often hear:

“America needs to get back to God.”
“We need to repent so God will save America.”
“Let’s bring God back into our country”
…so much in the Christian community. There are books, websites, videos, and movies all speaking the same message: America, as a nation, needs to return to God. How often do we hear this verse spoken:

“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.” (2Chr 7:14 HCSB)

This verse has become a banner for American Christians who want to see America, as a whole, live and be governed by Judeo-Christian values. Believers have been praying for this for over a decade.  Even with all the prayers for a repentant nation I think we can all agree that the U.S. is moving further away from Christianity as a whole.

Is This Promise for Us?
Is God promising this to Americans? There are a lot of Old Testament passages that can be applied to us in the 21st century. Some were written for specific people at that time. What about this one? This passage was spoken to Solomon, regarding the Israelites, after building the temple. Verses 7:19-22 make it pretty clear that the oft quoted passage in 7:14 was written to those people for that time. My opinion: To say 2 Chronicles 7:14 applies to Americans takes it completely out of context.

What do I think is happening to America? Just as every other empire has came and went, according to God’s overall plan, the United States is going to do the same. God has allowed nations to rise and fall with the end goal of Christ’s return on the horizon. In the big scheme of things I think our nation is no different.

Now my opinions have often been wrong. So for the sake of the discussion, we will look at 2 Chronicles 7:14 next time. Let’s compare at what it says vs what we’re really doing.

What do you think about the future of America?

To read the rest of this series, here are the links:

Part 2

Part 3

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One thought on “Idolatry in America – What is God’s plan for us?

  1. I believe God created us (Man) worshippers. There are those who do not realize this fact. All we have to do is look at any society and it is clear. We will worship something or someone when God, all along, intended us to worship Him (John 4:23). Many have made Sports (Football in particular) their God. All you have to do is look at Men. They will pack the stadiums every Saturday and Sunday from September through January but rarely will you see them frequent the House of God (who created them, gave them life and sent His only begotten Son to redeem them from the kingdom of darkness) to worship the one true and living God who is worthy of our worship. Football, or anything else is not bad in and of itself. It is when people put it before God is when it becomes and idol. America has left it’s first love; Almighty God (see message to the church of Ephesus; Revelation 2:1-7). So, here we are in 2014, as a nation. America has replaced the one true and living God with many Gods. We know that God is a jealous God and He changeth not. …I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou REPENT-Revelation 2:5. I believe the Men of America are the key to where this nation goes; the broad gate that leads to destruction or the narrow gate that leads to life-Matthew 7:13-14. Currently, as a nation we are in trouble and the leadership in our nation is a reflection of where the heart of the people of America are in their relationship with God; Wandering in the wilderness when the true and living God is closer than the air we breath…

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