What does God have in store for the USA? I do not know, but I know what He does NOT have in store. Friends, the USA will not last forever. The USA is not the everlasting kingdom foretold in the Old Testament to begin in Jerusalem during the days of the Roman kings (Dan. 2; Isa. 2; Joel 2; Hag. 2). The USA is not the “holy nation” referred to in First Peter 2:9. It’s not the kingdom that will be delivered up to God when Jesus returns (1 Cor. 15:22-24). Those descriptions belong solely to the Lord’s church/nation/kingdom that He died to establish (Mt. 16:18, 19, 28; Acts 20:28). The USA needs to remember what Psalm 9:17 says: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (cf. Prov. 14:34). If the USA chooses the path of rebellion against God, that path leads to destruction.
Also remember that God has often used even wicked leaders to accomplish His will (Ex. 9:16; Dan. 4:17; Hab. 1; Jn. 19:11, etc.), and there are things God does in His providence that are beyond our understanding (Isa. 55:8, 9; Rom. 11:33; 13:1-7). Clearly, God’s main goal is for people to be in Heaven with Him forever (Rom. 5:8-10; 1 Tim. 2:3, 4; 2 Pet. 3:9). This nation and this world need to be seen the way God does, with eternity in mind (1 Cor. 2:16; 2 Cor. 4:16-18).
I love the USA, and I am not saying the USA is about to fall, but one day it will come to its end, just like every other earthly nation (2 Pet. 3:10-12). Until then, Christians in America need to pray for leaders and be godly citizens (Rom. 13; 1 Tim. 2:1-5; 1 Pet. 2:13-23). We need to make sure we are faithful members of Christ’s everlasting kingdom and that our citizenship is in Heaven (Mt. 16:18, 19, 28; Col. 1:13; Php. 3:20; Heb. 12:22-29; Rev. 1:9). Maybe we need to be reminded that Christians are like those of ancient times who were “strangers and pilgrims on the earth,” desiring “a better country, that is, a heavenly” (Heb. 11:13-16; cf. Mt. 6:19-21; Col. 3:1, 2).
When I compare Christ’s kingdom to the USA, I’m so thankful our King does not change every four years! I’m so thankful our King can never be defeated by His enemies! I’m so thankful that our King loves righteousness and hates all sin! That is why God the Father exalted His Son Jesus to be our Righteous King, the King of all kings (Mt. 28:18; Heb. 1:9; Rev. 17:14). Our King does not use profanity, He is the epitome of humility, He hates the shedding of innocent blood, He hates racism, adultery, homosexuality, pedophilia, and sins of every kind (Prov. 6:16-19; Lk. 10:25-37; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Jude 7). He has never committed even one sin (Heb. 4:15; 1 Pet. 2:22).
Our King commands men to love God first and love their neighbors as much as they love themselves (Mt. 22:36-40; Php. 2:3-5). He commands His followers to pray for their enemies and do good to them (Mt. 5:43-48; Rom. 12:9-21), and if there is one thing our nation is missing, it’s LOVE! That is because most people do not understand who the True Ruler is, and that He is love (1 Jn. 4:8-11). One day they will. One day every person who has ever lived will bow down before King Jesus, confessing His glory with their mouths: “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Rom. 14:11; cf. Php. 2:9-11). On that day it will be too late to be saved from God’s wrath. There is no day that compares with the day the Lord God Almighty returns in Judgment against this wicked world—the day the Lamb returns in the clouds as the Lion of Judah (Mt. 24:35-39; 1 Thess. 4:13–5:3; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; cf. Rev. 5:5).
Nothing is more important than getting ready for that day. All men are amenable to King Christ’s law, whether they realize it or not, and we will all be judged by His Words (Mt. 28:18-20; John 12:48; 1 Cor. 9:21; 2 Cor. 5:10; Jam. 1:22-25). Seek His kingdom now, before it’s too late! (Mt. 6:33). A penitent believer in Christ must be born of water and of the Spirit to enter that kingdom, remaining faithful after water baptism (Jn. 3:5; 6:63; Acts 2:36-41; 10:6, 35, 47, 48; 22:16; Eph. 5:26; Heb. 10:22-31; 1 Pet. 3:20, 21; 2 Pet. 2:20-22; 1 Jn. 1:6–2:6).
Regardless of who the president is, if persecutions come, or even if the USA falls, citizens of Christ’s eternal kingdom can have a peace that passes understanding, trusting God with nothing to fear (Prov. 3:5, 6; Rom. 8:31; Php. 4:4-13; 2 Tim. 1:7). That said, our main mission is to spread God’s Word in this world, which will always be controversial (Mt. 28:18-20; Jn. 8:40; Gal. 4:16; 2 Tim. 3:12). No matter what happens, serve the King, pledge allegiance to Him, and stand up and proclaim His Words without fear!
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Read your article in “What’s in Store for the USA,” in “Seek The Old Paths.” Enjoyed it much. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read your blogs! Steve Karraker, Preacher, Metropolis church of Christ