Some thoughts on America this Independence Day

The Fourth of July has been my favorite holiday, since I can remember. Every year my extended family would converge on my childhood home in Pataskala, Ohio. We were only a few blocks from the municipal park and pool, which sponsored a picnic, volleyball tournament, kids games, and, of course, the city topped it all off with fireworks. My childhood summers were simple, carefree and golden. I loved every second of every July 4th.

As a man, I still look forward to Independence Day. Every year I still beam with pride, because I love my country. That’s why it wounds me so deeply, when I look around and see the sorry state of affairs we’re in nationally. My country has changed dramatically, since I was a boy. Sometimes I can hardly recognize her. My father says it is the same for him. It’s like we are living in a different country than the one we once knew. It gets me thinking about God’s judgment.

Many times in the Old Testament the bible writers make it explicitly clear that calamities befell Israel and other nations, at the discretion of Yahweh.  The bible writers are unambiguous about Who they say is responsible for floods, famines, droughts, invading armies, and other nationwide emergencies. God is unanimously singled out as the perpetrator. It looks like God is the kind of Person who engages in meting out justice and judgment onto all nations.

Proof from Joel 3:2

I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.

Proof from Psalm 110:6

He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.

Proof from Acts 17:31

For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

Why is it so taboo to ask if God is pouring out judgment on America?  Do we really believe that, since America is perfect, God will never judge her?  It seems like every time a vocal preacher, in the national spotlight, speaks about God allowing disasters and attacks on America he is harshly criticized.  He takes direct fire from friend and foe, by the left, the right, the evangelicals, the liberal theologians, the academes, the media, and anybody else with a public forum.  Any one who is any one lines up for their shot at the upstart Judgement Preacher who lost his head and spoke the un-ignorable words.  These words cannot be left ignored, because they strike at the heart of the Culture.

In our Culture, it’s no secret that preachers have lost clout, and  judgment is no longer politically correct. Anybody who says, “The September 11th terrorist attacks and/or Hurricane Katrina were sent by God to punish sinful America…”  Continue reading