Whether Americans believe there is a Creator or not does not really matter to the existence of an All-Knowing, All-Powerful Creator God, who reigns in heaven and who is the Maker of all things and final judge of us all. What we know about the Creator is much like what we know about parental authority: they were before us, they make all the rules and will render the final decision of our behavior to us. The wisdom of King Solomon of the bible (Son of King David, a man after God’s own heart) told us: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted… (Ec. 3:1-2).”
We all are familiar with the cycle of life that includes birth pains, birth, maturity and death. Solomon identified many seasons and cycles within life but mostly, he expressed the beginning and the end of all things. It is important to know that everything under the sun that has beginning also has a predetermined end. Solomon went on to declare, “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work (Ec. 3:17).” King Solomon’s wisdom, which was a gift from God, explored the purposes of all things and concluded that it is all vanity in the end. The man who had the highest position in the land and more wealth than all men, paused to consider those that were without any.
“So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive (Ec. 4:1-2).”
After examining the power of the mighty and the lack of power for the oppressed, he determined that death was better than life. During his lifetime he had opportunity and wisdom above any man to evaluate every aspect of life and he came to a conclusion:
For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God. If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they. Ec. 5:7-8
Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart. Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Ec. 7:7-8
It behooves us all to take wisdom from someone who has had the best of wealth and wisdom and reap his lessons because few, if any, of us will ever gain his abundance of wealth nor ever gain his wisdom. How does Solomon sum up his exploration of life? Here are some excerpts:
All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness. Ec. 7:15
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Ec. 12:13-14
We see in this book of wisdom that God gave to the highest position of His chosen people the best of wealth and ability to consider all matters pertaining to life and then allowed him to relay it to all mankind in this book. Even King Solomon, who had the ability to understand life, had to live it out and be judged for his actions in the end. But wisdom’s road map is revealed by God for all to follow. He shows us the right path and advises us to take it. The lesson is that despite the highest abilities and greatest wealth that we all strive for; our work, soul and intents will be judged by God at a set time.
We know of America’s birth, the providence it experienced to be set aside for pursuit of life and liberty under God and all the declarations made to God by the founding fathers upon its inception: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is those declarations made to God by men that America will be judged by God to determine if it has complied with those vows. Vows are very important to God: “Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay (Ec. 5:5).” The declaration of unalienable rights for all men to enjoy life and liberty within American borders in devotion to God are promises America swore to uphold and is what America will be judged for. The nation made those vows and the whole world heard them, some of whom have sought to follow America’s example or crossed waters to enjoy them who will also sit in judgment against her treachery to those vows. America’s actions against other nations and the immigrant prove that she has lost her way!
Creator God set out a plan and put it before His chosen people that He would bless the faithful with riches and wealth and America has received riches and wealth. He also promised that the wicked would experience deterioration and horrible punishment before final destruction. America is now somewhere in the process between punishment and final destruction. The mercy and compassion of God cannot be overlooked. Even in a sentence of destruction, God gives man time to consider his ways and change his mind. God actually fights for us and with us for preservation, not willing that any should perish. Apostles Paul and John taught us about the loving forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ. The Book of Revelations, written more then two millenniums ago, reveal that the final judgment does not come without instruction, warnings, deliberations and then punishment poured out in sequential waves. We are very familiar with the judgment of our courts but less aware of God’s judgment. The judgments of our courts can be purchased and wrangled by wealthy men, but God cares for none of that.
At this hour where many have come to the rightful conclusion that the soul of America is being tried, there is still time to consider the nation’s sins and turn around. “…What doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God (Mi 6:8)? We saw that Old Testament prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Amos were sent by God to warn and declare the punishment of nations. Prophet Jeremiah was ordered by God to pronounce judgment against Judah, Israel, and the gentiles, Philistines, Moab, Ammonites and Babylon. But before the heathen nations were to be destroyed, God first reasoned with and judged the people of promise.
The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein, Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers. Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods. Wherefore my fury and mine anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as at this day. Jer 44:1-6
Jeremiah prophesied and grieved over his own people when he saw them fall into desolation as God promised for their disobedience. All of these things that transpired thousands of years ago is well-known history for America who was established from the reigns and lineage of many kings but set free from bondage to follow God with her whole heart. How has this nation fallen into the same sin when there was so much knowledge and teaching about this past? It is because the wicked nature of mankind is unchanged even though many leaders call themselves “Christians.” Christianity has risen to the forefront in the world, where it is no longer considered weak and inconsequential and even been recognized by the White House and its presidents, where it originally found sovereignty in America. However, it has been soften and diluted until it now oppresses the poor, immigrant, widows and children. Some profess hatred for the foreigner, fatherless, and prisoners. Some ranks of it call out some sin as being more hideous than others, contrary to the teachings of Christ. They profess God while disobeying God and declaring others must obey the letter of the law they teach, much like the Old Testament Pharisees and Sadducees who Jesus declared were hypocrites.
Jesus was upset with the ungodly Jewish leaders and denounced them. It was a just system corrupted and perverted to favor greedy rulers, who failed to guide society into justice and morality. They had perverted God’s way and deceived the people. Jesus rebuked these leaders in Mt 23:13 for not wanting to enter into heaven nor allowing others to do so. He went on to accuse religious leaders for devouring the poor and widows while establishing their own self-glory. The Jewish leaders had uncontested control over the people in governing, benevolence and spiritual matters. They led corruption in all aspects of righteous living for the purpose of self-gratification. For all these sins and more which did not follow God or the founding fathers, God sits in judgment to declare His verdict upon a disobedient nation.
As America has sat in judgment over nations and people, now she must stand or fall before her “Judge”. America has long been ruled by affluent old white men “white fisted” with power that have chosen to devalue the disadvantaged that God has valued and scorned the weak, women, children, the poor, immigrants and widows. In America, the affluent, with or without Christianity, have made a pact to stand in power against the underclass and devour them for their resources. This is the same power of the nations judged by God before America was formed and it is the same force that Jesus came to defend the poor and disadvantaged against. In all this, God allows America time to repent and turn around before final judgment. He appeals to the highest and least that someone might intercede for a nation gone wrong.
We see individual people and organizations pleading for America’s soul and to be relieved of its leaders’ hardened hearts. Some white women and weak Christians who were complicit now also cry in outrage. The conundrum we face is that leaders are appointed over people according to their nature or simplified: people get the leaders they deserve. This dilemma reveals the requirement for the whole nation to repent. As the people contend for the heart of leaders to change, they must also repent and change. We saw in the story of biblical Nineveh (Jon 3:3), the whole nation repented of sin and was spared. Daniel prayed for his people but he, too, had to confess sin. This problem involves all of us because all of us are party to its ways and will suffer the consequences of America’s sin. Judgment is imminent unless we turn around. Now that God has pulled the cover off of America’s long hidden sins of genocide, slavery, abortion, prostitution, rape, greed, corruption, authority abuse in religion and government, religious idolatry or apostasy, pride, racial hatred, treachery, aristocracy, gender bias, lies, etc., and exposed it to all American citizens and placed them before the cameras of the nation and world; none can claim ignorance and must all repent and turn to Christ for salvation and deliverance. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (Jo 3:17).” I pray that the nation of America will see her sin, as we all must do, and receive the conviction of sin that God grants to those that would repent in their season. May God save America!