If we hosted a 235th birthday party for America and Jesus was the keynote speaker, what would he say to the nation?
In 2 Chronicles chapter 7 Israel was at the height of their glory. Their army was strong, they had defeated most of their enemies, and they were prospering economically. More importantly, they were walking in obedience to God and God was blessing them. God chose Israel to be his witnesses to the other nations of the world.
It was God’s intent was that Israel would set the example and the rest of the nations of the world would observe what it means to be the people of God.
God wanted the nations around them to see what it would be like to be the favored people of God. He wanted the other nations to learn how Israel worshipped God, and to learn what it means to love God with all of your heart, mind and soul; and to love your neighbor as yourself.
America has enjoyed God’s blessings as much as any nation on earth. However, along with blessings come responsibilities. God told Israel that although they were his favored people, if they disobeyed him he would reject them and take away the blessings.
If Jesus were giving the keynote address at our 235th birthday party I think he would tell the nation:
“You have been blessed more than any other nation in modern history. You military is the strongest on earth. You enjoy economic prosperity, and a higher standard of living than most other nations of the world. In fact, you have become gluttons while others starve.
Along with your prosperity, you have great responsibility. You have a great amount of influence over other nations because of your military and economic strength. You must use your power for justice and peace.
You have become a secular nation; declaring that God has no place in government or in public schools. You fail to realize that your blessings come from the God of heaven, whose Son Jesus Christ is the only savior of mankind. Instead, the name of “Jesus” has become a word of ridicule and scorn. God told Israel that although they were his favored people, he would withdraw his favor if they turned away from him.”
I believe Jesus would also give a message to the church:
“The church is God people on the earth. Not the President or the Congress or the Supreme Court — the church. The church is called to be salt and light in the world. The church today – as Israel did in prior centuries – represents God as his witnesses on the earth.
The future of the nation depends on the church; God’s blessings on the nation will rise and fall on the faithfulness of the church.
A small amount of leaven can leaven the whole lump. A small amount of light can light an entire house. If the church is faithful, the people of God can turn the nation. You have been entrusted with the truth, do not compromise, you cannot be light and darkness at the same time.”
Happy Birthday U.S.A.!