2020 has been a very interesting and troubling year. Deadly storms, violent protests, wildfires out of control, violent crime in major cities at an all-time high, a pandemic, churches closed for months, and unprecedented political division. Is this simply a bad year, or is it God’s judgement on our nation? Has America forgotten its Biblical heritage? Has America forgotten God?
Patrick Henry said, “It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.” Mr. Henry made that statement in the 1700’s, but it couldn’t be truer than is it today. America is on the brink of socialism, which is really a form of tyranny that in turn will eventually take more of our freedoms away, as well as taking more of our hard earned money. Indeed, the chains of socialism are being forged at this very moment. The Bible is very clear on the danger of a nation forgetting God. “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalms 9:17).
Paul, writing in Romans 1:29-31, gave us a clear picture of what a nation looks like that has forgotten God. “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.” There is no doubt that those verses paint a picture of America in 2020. Is it too late for America? Is God’s judgement being hurled at a nation that has forgotten him? None of us know the answer to those questions, but we do know that “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy” (Psalms 145:8). The Bible also tells us that “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities” (Psalms 103:10).
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).
America has changed much in the last few years, but God hasn’t. He is still on the throne; He still loves us, and wants to hear from us. America is in trouble, and we must spend quality time on our knees every day praying for God to intervene, to bring revival to our nation, and for Him to show mercy and grace to our America.
“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1871