The Rise and Fall of the United States – A Biblical Perspective

Text: Isaiah 40:15

Lately, the U.S. seems to be in decline. Will this decline result in the inevitable fall of the U.S.? Nobody knows, but all of this has people asking questions. Does the U.S. hold a special place in God’s plan? Has God blessed the U.S. because of its founding upon biblical principles? Is the U.S. in danger of divine punishment for sin?

God’s Chosen Nation

  • In the OT, the nation of Israel was God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 7:6) – yet a new kingdom would later be established (Daniel 2:44)
  • God’s chosen nation today is not the U.S. – it is the church (1 Peter 2:9)
  • Jesus came to be a king over His kingdom (John 18:36-37) – this must be our top priority (Matthew 6:33)

God’s Use of Nations in Biblical Times

  • We know that God has used various nations in the past to fulfill His purposes (Daniel 4:17, 25)
  • In the OT, God’s use of nations was related to the coming of Christ and establishment of His kingdom – Egypt (place for the children of Israel to grow into a great nation – Genesis 46:2-3); Israel (established because of the promised regarding Christ – Deuteronomy 7:7-8; a remnant preserved so the promise would be fulfilled – Zechariah 8:12-13); Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome (Christ’s kingdom would be established during time of Rome (Daniel 2:44)

God’s Purpose for the U.S. (and Other Nations)

  • Because God had a specific purpose for certain nations in the Bible, many assume the same is true for the U.S.
  • No modern nation is mentioned in the Bible – nothing past the Roman empire
  • All we can say by faith is what the Bible says (Romans 10:17)
  • God’s purpose for the U.S. & every nation – punish evildoers & protect the innocent (Romans 13:3-4); provide & maintain a free environment so we can lead a quiet & peaceable life (1 Timothy 2:2)

Sin: Consequences & Divine Punishment

  • As government forsakes its divinely-appointed purpose & society becomes more immoral, do we have to fear divine punishment for these things?
  • Without revelation, we cannot confidently affirm divine action (Amos 3:7) – no prophecy specific to U.S.
  • Sometimes tragedies just happen (Luke 13:1-5) – whether they are deliberate acts by evil people or random accidents
  • The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) – separation from God for eternity in hell; this is the punishment we have to fear
  • But there are negative consequences for sin (Proverbs 13:15) – widespread acceptance of divorce, abortion, homosexuality, laziness, financial irresponsibility, Islam, etc., will have negative consequences for society as a whole

What Do We Need to Do?

  • Remember – we are part of a kingdom that will never be destroyed (Daniel 2:44); first & foremost our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20)
  • Pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2) – so that we can lead a tranquil & quiet life; liberty & security are the best conditions for the gospel to spread (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
  • Try to influence those around us – persuade them to believe the gospel (Romans 1:16); persuade them to give up sin by obeying the truth (John 8:32-34); persuade them to put their faith in God, not in man (1 Corinthians 2:5)

Conclusion

  • With everything that is happening, many wonder if God is with the U.S. today
  • Take comfort in this fact – God is, and always will be, with His people (Matthew 28:20; Romans 8:39-40)
  • Let us be sure we remain faithful to Him, no matter what happens in the world around us

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