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Is there hope when a nation is under judgment?

July 30, 2015

Grace to you! Last week we saw that Romans 1:24-32 teaches that we have progressively fallen more under God’s wrath. The culmination of God’s wrath, after a people gives in to homosexuality, is that they should expect to see evil unleashed in all facets of society in greater degree. This certainly is not the positive message we would like to hear, but realistically it’s the biblical truth. Is there hope when a nation is steeped in a moral and spiritual quagmire? Thankfully, there is always hope with the biblical God.

First, no matter how great our sin the Lord is willing to extend forgiveness. “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) Israel had fell into deep idolatry, gross sexual sin, and even sacrificed (aborted?!) their children to the various pagan gods for a better life, freedom, crops, etc. Yet in the midst of all this godlessness, the Lord was willing to forgive and restore the people if they would forsake their sin turning back to the Lord Himself and His laws. Israel faced a momentous decision: either they would repent of their evil and turn to the Lord or God would use the more wicked nations to destroy them and their land.

America faces a similar decision. So far God has gradually been allowing more and more evil to take place. He’s done this for two reasons. One is for judgment by giving us the very evil things we want. Second, to show us that evil does not pay through the consequences we reap from it. The bitter results of sin are a merciful reminder from God that we should forsake evil and turn to Him and His righteousness. (See Matthew 6:33) The consequences of our evil also remind us as bad as they are the coming judgment in the future is going to be worse. Therefore, current fallout effects from our sin are both grace and judgment reminders. Grace to show us that sin brings bad things to incite us to move away from them. Judgment because they are a mere foreshadow of greater judgment coming if we don’t repent. But what if we do know Christ? What if it’s the others who won’t relent of their evil? Is there any hope for Christians? Yes, there is!

Second, even if the nation does not repent Christians still have the Lord. Habbakuk the prophet was told about the coming destruction of his country and wept over it. But he rested in this final hope: Though everything falls apart, “yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. (Hab. 3:17-18) Jesus never promised the gates of hell would not succeed against America, but He did promise the gates of hell would not conquer the church. (Matthew 16:18) America may die, but the church of the risen Lord Jesus will abide forever! To God be the glory!

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