Lots of folks are concerned about the future of our country and for good reason. We seem to be on a collision course for disaster unless we wake up. During the month of July, Sara and I, along with other members of our Sunday School class, have been in the Old Testament and specifically studying Micah and Isaiah, two of the prophets. Lots of folks dodge the Old Testament and don’t see its application to modern day issues. In my opinion, that is a big mistake. We can learn a great deal about what it takes to cause a powerful nation to go from strong to weak if we will study history and incorporate that study with the Old Testament.
The United States of America could well be in for a severe decline in power and influence if we don’t wake up. We can avoid a wakeup call if we learn from the lessons taught in their day by these two prophets who were God’s messengers to the people in Israel and Judah, and who spoke out boldly in their day. Isaiah warned that unless God intervened, Israel was headed toward disaster. He let the people know that neither political alliances, material wealth nor religious pretense could ever be an answer to their nation’s problems. But nobody was listening.
Micah also spoke to the people of Israel and warned them that the widening gap between the rich and the poor would eventually be the nation’s downfall. He also told them that the poor were being deprived of any hope for justice in the courts of that day. He called that a sinful reality. Micah let the people and the rulers know that true faith requires justice, faithfulness and walking with God. All of this was lacking and it was a recipe for disaster. So what happened? Israel was taken over by a foreign country and Jerusalem fell. The people suffered greatly, but they couldn’t say they weren’t warned.
Does any of this apply to the Untied States in the year 2015? Are we being warned? I believe we are and I fear that many of us aren’t listening. Many of the problems that were present in ancient Israel and Judah should sound most familiar to us today. My prayer today is for our nation. We must learn from history and correct our ways!
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