Read Psalm 45
Focus on verse 6-7
Kingdoms and empires rise and fall, but the world does not stop spinning. The sun still comes up the next day as it did the day before. It is difficult to imagine a world without America…just as I imagine it was difficult to imagine a world without the Roman Empire during that era. One thing we can be certain us is that history confirms to us that all human empires have an expiry date.
It would seem that the American Empire may well be in its declining stages. As American influence around the world declines, those who would seek to take her place as the world super-power begin to rattle their sabers and flex their military muscles. I do not know how long it will be. I do not write this because I am eager to see America fail. My hope and prayer is that America will yet recover somehow, but with each passing year that possibility seems less likely.
Whether America continues to flourish or not, there is one thing of which I am certain; God’s reign as sovereign creator and sustainer of the universe is in no way threatened by the demise of a human empire. The psalmist writes; “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.”
There is an interesting correlation between the success and longevity of a human empire and their commitment to righteousness. In the next verse psalmist adds; “you have loved righteousness, and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
Perhaps all America needs in order to recover is for the Lord to raise up a leader who can lead the nation back to loving righteousness and hating wickedness instead of loving wickedness and ignoring righteousness? Perhaps if those citizens who love righteousness would stand up and speak the truth in love and resist the influence of the minority that is seeking to lead the nation in the worship of idols and the pursuit of evil, there would yet be hope?
It is the people of God who are being tested in these times, and too many of us are failing to stand. Yes, it is easier to remain quiet and not cause a fuss. It is less threating to allow the bullies to believe we agree when we really do not. It is not that God cannot stand up for Himself. God is eternal; He is not threatened by our apathy or disobedience. If we end up going into captivity as the people of Israel did when they abandoned the Lord, the sun will still rise in the east and set in the west, but our freedom will be lost. Those who remain faithful will suffer with those who were not, and somehow I believe God will be there in the midst of our agony with his justice and mercy intact.
We also must remember that we don’t have to be faithful for those who are not, we just have to be faithful to what He has called us as individuals to do. I don’t know what He as called you to do. For the moment, I believe He has called me to write about it, in hopes that it may prompt you to do what He has called you to do. If we seek Him with sincerity and are willing to obey, He will give us the direction we need to follow Him successfully. Whether He uses you and I to bring a nation back to God, or to suffer with a nation that has abandoned God will ultimately be His choice, not ours.The hope we have as members of His Kingdom is that God’s kingdom will last forever, so either way, we can’t lose.