We're the seed of Abraham and the Abrahamic Covenant was one of grace. Just as the Hebrews, all we have to do to prosper is to follow the One True God. Nothing has changed and the covenant was never canceled. True, it has been supplemented with the grace of Jesus, but it all goes back to:
John 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments."That's the Abrahamic Covenant all over again. Let's take a look at that deal God made with his people:
Genesis 15:18 "In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land..." (then he described the bounds of Canaanland which he gave to the Hebrews).Then later God expounded upon the covenant:
Genesis 17:1b “I am God Almighty;
Walk before Me, and be blameless.
2 “I will establish My covenant between Me and you,
And I will multiply you exceedingly.”
Here's the deal: "Love me and obey me and your nation will prosper!" John 14:15 says much the same. Love me and it's implied that the individual will be blessed by eternal life. That's the ultimate in prosperity! A community of people who love God is a righteous nation. If "we the people" love and honor God, not only will our nation prosper, but the individuals making up the nation will have eternal prosperity!
How do we love God? How do we uphold our end of the covenant? We "love God and keep his commandments", or as he told Abraham "Walk before me, and be blameless". Is that saying the same thing?
Philippians 2:15 (ESV) "...that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world..."We are to be sanctified or set apart from the world by being righteous, blameless and innocent! And if we do that, we shine! Not only will we shine as individuals, but our nation will shine! America at one time shined before the nations of the world. Our glimmer has dimmed!
Ronald Reagan knew that America shined:
June 1952 -- From a commencement address at Williams Woods College, one of the oldest surviving speeches of Reagan's
"I, in my own mind, have always thought of America as a place in the divine scheme of things that was set aside as a promised land. It was set here and the price of admission was very simple: the means of selection was very simple as to how this land should be populated. Any place in the world and any person from those places; any person with the courage, with the desire to tear up their roots, to strive for freedom, to attempt and dare to live in a strange and foreign place, to travel halfway across the world was welcome here."July 17, 1980 -- from his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention
"[The Democrats] say that the United States has had its days in the sun, that our nation has passed its zenith.… My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view."But we now have the Democrats in charge. That "shine" has passed it's zenith. We no longer honor God, nor does our nation revere him and worse yet, the entire nation is disobedient! Even Christians have put on the cape of darkness, accepting the tenets of the world. What are some of these? Look at the Hebrew people when Moses came down from the mountain with the standards God written on stone for all to see; the same law on which our own nations was founded: God's Law or as it's called "Natural Law".
The Hebrew people had an idol, they were dancing naked, they were lascivious and God's laws were all broken as symbolized by Moses throwing down the Ten Commandments and breaking the tablets! Every law was worthless to those who do not obey! As a result of their disobedience, they were plagued:
Exodus 32:35 "And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made."Two things are of note in this one passage: Because of their idolatry God plagued the people and secondly, the revolt against God was made by Aaron, a priest and mouthpiece of God!
That's the same way it is today. People have idols and some have many. Most of America's idols are those of pleasure: pills, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, crack, and meth; all for relieving the mind from God, while they do things that the Hebrews did: nakedness, lasciviousness, wicked entertainment, fornication, homosexuality and although it wasn't mentioned, a by-product of a wickedness: abortion. As long as people do the things politicians call "social issues" we as a nation will never prosper. That's God's deal with us!
And what the world does today, the church is right behind! In many cases the decay of American society is a direct response to the church! In my early years most churches were the epitome of godliness. Now they have become dens of iniquity and oftentimes disobedience is taught right from the pulpit. Just yesterday a letter-to-the editor in the Bowling Green Daily News was from a United Church of Christ woman preacher defending homosexuality and transgenderism.
What's wrong with that picture? By "uniting" Christians compromise core beliefs. When some unite with a more liberal sect, the entire batch is spoiled. Secondly, women are not to be preachers. Man's job is to have dominion in God's affairs. By women assuming the role of men, that's sin! When one sin is winked at, then others come easy! Homosexuality is against the design of God and is disgusting to him, yet this church and this woman welcome it into the church.
The church is ruining the nation. Why would a Christian condemn our nations laws when their preacher is leading the rebellion? Christian, is your notion of what's right influenced by science, philosophy, psychology , society or liberal churches? I bet if you look closely enough that you are following the deception of Satan while ignoring the will of God! If so, you're dancing naked (as did the Hebrews) in the presence of God's Laws! They were dancing naked with Aaron directing; as the man of God, Moses, returned from the mountain where he's been standing on holy ground!
America is part of the Abrahamic Covenant:
Genesis 17:4 "“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations."America is part of the covenant! We are children of Abraham and this nation is part of the promise that God made to Abraham thousands of years ago just as Reagan said! What was righteous all those millenniums ago is in danger of being damned now. God gave a plague to the Hebrews who danced naked in the face of God's Laws; now Americans are dancing naked for all the world to see! Nakedness represents a loss of innocence and we're no longer an innocent nation. We have gone the way of the world; Rome first then all of Europe! Asia was lost long ago.
America was the beacon of right standing in a world of countries dancing naked. Now our clothes are removed just as the others, and we too are dancing naked in front of God, and we no longer even care! Unlike Adam and Eve who were embarrassed of their nakedness, America takes pride in being naked in the world.
Along with disobedience comes a plague. Just as the Hebrews were plagued, so are we. What plagues have we? AIDS, war, drug abuse, abortion, prostitution, child slavery, pornography, broken homes, divorce, fornication, theft, rioting, a destitute government; all of these are plagues. Most of these are minimized as "social issues" by the elite!
There is one cure for the plague. That's isolation! God isolated the Hebrews for 40 years to clear the system of the contaminated. Perhaps our plague is to be cured by forty years of depression? After all, those who come to God come to him when in need! Perhaps someday soon our needs will be obvious enough that we seek redemption.