The Resurgence of the Question: Is America a Blessed Nation?
Since the reelection of the president of the United States of America I have seen several articles dictating that America is either blessed, or cursed depending on ones individual point of view, because of who is in office. I honestly can say that for much of my Christian experience I was corralled into the same way of thinking. After all if I heard it once then I have heard it thousands of times, “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.”. 2Chronicles 7:14. In fact not from reading but hearing it so much I have it memorized, but the fact is this statement has absolutely nothing to do with the way Americans have been taught to think.
There are several reasons why this scripture is used out of context and the biggest seem to be ignorance and prejudice. In ignorance I am relating to the fact that there is only one nation that God has ever made a covenant with and that is Israel. For Americans or any other country to think that they have a special covenant with God for any reason is just pure arrogance because God never promised to cut a covenant with any other people or nation. In fact The Jewish nation according to scripture will still experience the fulfillment of this covenant. I was taught my many well meaning pastors and teachers that we, the American Christians, we now the spiritual Israel because God was pissed off at Israel for rejecting Him so now out of spite He has chosen us. Thank God this is not even remotely true, but it is only an extremely prideful belief concocted out of ignorance and prejudice.
I did say that prejudice is a driving force also in believing that America has some sort of special covenant with God based on the aforementioned scripture because you have to be totally blind to ones own faults in order to think that oneself is perfect before God while another is a sinner. It is the same driving force that gives idiots the desire to proclaim that God is judging America because of what a targeted group of people have done. It is the whole my secret sin is okay but yours is plain to see so we will crucify you. I have learned from Paul that whatever our first impression of a judgment against someone is reveals our heart. I looked at preachers who taught heavily against an adulterous lifestyle, which were brought down by the same thing. I am not advocating any kind of immorality but scripture shows us that through loving one another and allowing the nature of God to manifest in us and through us healing takes place and what was driving one to do such things gets replaced with how God sees us. So one no longer will have the same drive to destroy oneself but to experience the God quality of life that Papa has intended for them all along.
America is no more or less blessed than any other country outside of Israel, but what truly influences the status of a country is how the majority of the people believe. If America were truly a Christian nation and truly understood what that meant then yes it would appear as though we were a blessed nation, but that would only be by appearance only because of experiencing what God desires for all of humanity. It is not geared to any one person or any one nation but the more people who believe in the truth and experience the facts of it then the greater influence it can have on those around them. America though has a Christian religion for the most part and not an understanding that it is all about our eternal relationship with God and not a bunch of stupid rituals.
This makes me also think about people who get in such an uproar because they take the Ten Commandments off of some building or what not. Again I call this ignorance of scripture. Paul tells us the purpose of the Law, which includes the Ten Commandments, was to strengthen sin. If we would read the bible God said that in these days, that which we are in now, the Law has been written on our hearts and not on stone. I do not have to wake up every morning and read “Do not murder” to ensure that I do not go out and murder someone. Ironically once again though Christians today, and I say this outside of those who are Jewish Christians, still do not get it in that the Law was given to the Jews and never ever ever to be a part of the life of anyone outside of the Jewish nation. As Christians we need to quit manifesting stupidity and read. When Paul went to the Jewish council how much of the Law did they impart unto the gentile believers. This is it in total; “Acts 21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.” The observe no such thing mentioned here is in reference to the Law given unto the Jews and even later Paul talks about you can eat whatever you want with a clear conscious.
America will only appear to be a blessed nation if we believe and embrace the truth about the finished works of Jesus thereby experience the quality of life He died and rose again for us to experience. But not just in this physical world as we now know it but eternally in a reconciled relationship between us and our Father. This is the whole point of Christianity in that we have been reconciled unto our Father and now have life eternal, which is scripturally defined as; “John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” The word know here is an intimate knowledge out of relationship, as in how Adam knew Eve and she conceived. Life is about relationship and not religion.