Will God judge America?

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Huebscher

A friend asks: “Is America in rebellion against God? If so will God judge America”?

Let’s check what the Bible says. A great passage of scripture to study in this connection is Romans 1:18-32. Verse 28 reads: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”

This is a terrifying verse, climaxing the awful indictment of God against a world in rebellion against its maker. This burning passage begins with Paul’s declaration. It is that God’s wrath has been revealed against all those who “hold the truth” — or more explicitly, “hold down or suppress the truth” in unrighteousness.

Then, in rising crescendo of testmonies of wickedness and resulting condemnatin, one fearful clause appears no less than three times: “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts. … For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections. … God gave them over to a reprobate mind” (verses 24,26,28).

As terrible as such judgments seem, the provocations were infinitely worse. People “changed the glory of the uncorruptible God” into idols depicting His creatures (verse 23). People “changed the truth of God into a lie” and rejected Him as Creator (verse 25). People subjected Him to critical philosophical scrutiny, and chose not ‘to retain God in their knowledge.” at all (implied in the Greek (verse 28). Thus it was that our God of all grace finally had to give them up.

But the frightening thing is that this dark scene describes more than ancient paganism. Every verse is also a precise indictment of this present, evil “post-Christian” world, as we almost seem to be reading therein a documentary of the present age. What a picture it draws of modern evolutionary humanism in practice.

Yet the Apostle Paul was still preparing to go to Rome, “not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,” for that gospel was then — and still is — “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16). God doesn’t want any person to come to the place where He “gives them up.” That can happen. We read in II Peter 3 that “God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Look to God today for His mercy, His steadfast love and His salvation.

If you have a Bible Question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher 12721 75th St. North, Stillwater MN 55082 or call 651.430.3132. www.stillwaterbaptist.net

  • John Dahl

    First all the question your “friend” asked is foolish. I assume you think the answer is yes. If so, specifically how is America rebelling against God? Secondly, when did God start judging entire countries? I am a Christian and I do expect to be judged by God for my thoughts, behaviors and actions as an individual. If you truly look around the world and only see an evil “post-Christian” world I feel sorry for you. Why not try to inspire people with positive bible verses? For example: Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • Scott Terry

    Do not be naive! God does judge His people. The history of 1 & 2 Kings is very clear how God gave over some of His prized possessions (Israel & Judah) to be conquered, enslaved, tortured and even killed. Why did He do this because of their disobedience and worship of false idols.
    How could you not see America who has been so blessed not heading in that same direction? The sin in the US and the worship of ourselves is growing and that can mean only one thing – judgement on America. Ex 20:3 You will not have any other gods before me.
    What can we do? 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

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