Read Jeremiah 14
Focus on verse 18
When the city of Roman fell to the barbarians, it was not because the barbarian hoards were all that powerful. I am no self-acclaimed historian, but it would seem to me that by the time the city of Rome was plundered the Roman Empire had already imploded by of its own accord. As I consider the state of America today, it would seem that we may well be on a similar track. America is still currently one of the best places to live in the world in my opinion, but it is not the benevolent Super Power it once was. The greed and corruption that destroyed Rome is taking its toll as it always does as we are plundered by those who cheat and lie their way into positions of power.
While I would gladly lay the blame for the demise of America at the feet of secular politicians and liberal universities, these are mere symptoms of the true sickness that has beset our nation. The root of this kind of moral decay and spiritual poverty always leads back to church.
In today’s chapter in Jeremiah, the prophet describes the condition of his nation as follows:
If I go out into the field, behold, those pierced by the sword!
And if I enter the city, behold, the disease of famine!
For both the prophet and the priest ply their trade through the land and have
no knowledge. (v. 18)
A nation within which the church is truly healthy, typically is a nation that experiences some level of peace and prosperity – at least until a generation comes along that forgets who the source of that peace an prosperity is. It is the responsibility of the prophet and the priest to pass on the knowledge of God to the people so that they do not forget the source of their prosperity.
If and when the nation of America disintegrates, it will not be because some hostile nation overpowers her militarily. It will be because the church in America has failed to pass on the torch from one generation to the next. When the church fails, the Lord allows us to experience the fruit of our demands. We have demanded that God be removed from schools and publicly owned property. We have further demanded that prophets and priests be silent about our sin lest those who engage in it be offended. We are beginning to experience the fruit of these demands as God abandons us to our own destruction.
Yet in the midst of this darkness shines a bright ray of hope! There seems to be a glimmer of revival brewing in places as those who still hold to the truth of God become emboldened to proclaim it. There is always hope that the Spirit of God might awaken the church in America from her sleep to revive us once again. Time will tell which way the people of this nation will turn and the time remaining for us to make that turn around seems to be running out fast. Either way, historically the Lord has always preserved a remnant to carry the torch forward. The bottom line is that the church will survive, whether the nation of America survives will rest to a large extent upon whether the church awakens in time.