Jan 1 2013
“God’s Not Finished with U.S. Yet”
How many of us have heard this statement recently: “God isn’t yet finished with the United States of America”? How many of us have spoken it? Well, if you’re reading this and still breathing anywhere within the confines of the 50 states, that’s a pretty safe statement to make—for if God were truly “finished” with America, then none of us would be here.
Given the frequency and fervency with which this statement is often made, it seems apparent that it’s born out of deep-rooted conviction that holds broad appeal among Christians of all denominations whose love and commitment to political conservativism rank right up there with “God, apple pie, and baseball.” But what does this popular statement mean?
If I may take a swing at it, it seems that this statement is generally aimed at providing encouragement for quick relief from depression over election outcomes or other statistics that depict the erosion of long-held liberties and the onset of advanced societal decay. But is it biblical? And does it have any more lasting effect or theological depth than other popular Christian clichés? Indeed, the belief that “God’s not done with the US yet” is generally based on hope for national spiritual revival and a second “rebirth” of America.
Selling this hope also seems to be the stock and trade of politicians and Christian leaders alike who seek to rally their constituents and reassure their flocks of better days yet to come, usually based on misapplication of Scripture. Capitalizing on the fears of many who are anxious at the changes occurring in our nation—which threaten to irreversibly affect the quality of life for generations to come—a myriad of ministries compete for the pocketbooks of those who give as generously as possible in a last-ditch effort to “restore America.”
Pat Robertson’s (Misplaced) Hope for America
Not surprisingly, one such proclamation is still being uttered post-election by the perennial prognosticator and purveyor of hope in Christian Patriotism— 700 Club founder and one time presidential candidate, Pat Robertson. Robertson continues his tradition of raising “ministry” funds by selling hope to anxious viewers concerned over what’s happening in America.
Titled God’s Plan for America: How to Prepare for the Days Ahead , Pat Robertson’s newest DVD claims to reveal “the covenant God has with America and the steps necessary to see the blessings of heaven showered down on our nation.” The marketing copy declares that “there is still an opportunity to enter into a period of unprecedented growth and national blessing—if we will follow the plan God has for us.” But this DVD is “not for sale in stores.” It’s not even available for purchase on the CBN website, for any amount. No, in order to discover, understand, and implement this plan, prospective viewers must “become a CBN partner” for a minimum monthly donation of $20 ($240 per year)! Inspiring clips and compelling testimonies of those who endorsed the DVD will undoubtedly pay for this slick production thousands of times over—especially considering that many “club members” will remain on the roles long after the DVD is either collecting dust or used for target practice.
Before dismantling Robertson’s case for American exceptionalism, we must acknowledge that he is not alone in his belief, which is echoed, as we’ll address, by many other conservative evangelicals. But even without the benefit of hearing Pat’s entire message, the promotional clips give us sufficient insight to evaluate whether Robertson’s hope for America is biblical—or bogus. The first clip opens with Robertson reading from Isaiah:46:9-11, which he follows with this bold declaration, “Now I want to submit to you today that God has a plan for the United States of America. To say that this land is not exceptional is to insult the word of God Almighty.”
By “exceptional” Robertson does not mean “better than average” but rather means “specially selected, prophetically promised, divinely ordained.” He also appears to justify this misplaced faith by finding America in this passage described as “a bird of prey” (an eagle). However, the context describes the then-future judgment of Israel “from the East,” and does not depict a nation from the west (most scholars agree that this prophecy was fulfilled by King Cyrus).
Dreams of American Grandeur
In clip two, “A Covenant People,” Robertson declares, “America has risen to be the greatest nation on the face of the earth. It’s the richest nation, it’s the most powerful nation, of all the kingdoms and all the empires that have been in the history of mankind. Whether it’s the empire of Greece, or the empire of Rome, or the empire of Alexander, or the empire of the Persians, the Babylonians, or the whoever. They are dwarfed by the magnificence of the United States of America.”
Oh my! Is such aggrandizement of the US yet rational? Especially considering the country’s precipitous national debt, which is poised to enslave future generations? Yet most taxpayers remain unaware that the “Federal Reserve” (which is neither Federal nor has any reserve) is likewise indebted to foreign banks and multinational corporations, which, in turn, hold enormous equity in America’s vast natural resources. As but one example, Red China now owns more than $1 trillion dollars of US debt (enough to collapse our economy overnight) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debt) and has begun the purchase of US land for the construction of massive walled “free trade” cities from coast to coast (http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/12/31/1472023/chinese-company-eyes-bo...) with the aid and approval of corrupt politicians (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/04/Harry-Reid-s-Son-Repr...). This is potentially the real Red Dawn , of which most citizens are completely oblivious. And yet, “Christian Patriots” believe that we’ll somehow be able to “take back” this land? And take over the government to boot? (Talk about “strong delusion”!)
It would take another article to document what appears to be a systematic coup underway in our nation—and yet, even as the heathen rage and “imagine a vain thing” (Ps:2:1-6) it is with full consent of our sovereign God, who “changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings” (Dn 2:21a). But in spite of what many consider to be “handwriting on the financial wall” for the US, Robertson brazenly asserts that America remains at the pinnacle of world power and prominence.
What Went “Wrong” in 2012?
The impossibility of achieving “Christian Dominion” should be evident by the outcome of the 2012 elections, which not only highlighted increasing corruption in the entire candidate selection and election process but also an unprecedented degree of ignorance and apathy in both political parties. On the Democratic side, the number of activists and voters who don’t know (and don’t care) about the history of the communist cry, “Forward!” (Obama’s chosen campaign slogan) is astounding. On the Republican side, Romney’s campaign suffered from a split within conservative evangelicalism: Some, offended by his Mormon faith, forgot they weren’t appointing a pastor, but a president. (These voters also failed to consider the fact that many past “Christian” presidents have been so in name only; and that for those in office who embraced Freemasonry, the Lodge—not God—is the higher authority to which they had already sworn allegiance. This, too, is “Satanic.”) Intent on derailing a second term of perceived Muslim-Marxist influence, many prominent evangelicals switched tracks, jumping on the bandwagon of the New Religious Right—even to the shocking extent of removing references to Mormonism as a cult (as did the Billy Graham Association website). But after the stage-managed media shutout of Ron Paul, not even the combined ecumenical might of conservatives could elect the RINO (Republican In Name Only) Romney. To top off this political circus, Bill Keller (tireless self-promoter of “Live Prayer” fame) even bragged that he got over 1 million evangelicals to write in the name of “Jesus” for President of the United States. What utter absurdity!
Add that to the gross manipulation of candidates by the media, forcing out any non-establishment candidate with truly Constitutional views, and mix it with a corrupted mail-in and electronic voting system that has vastly increased undetected tampering, and top it off with a massive influx of “undocumented citizens” whose votes are “pre-purchased” by the promises of progressive incumbents—and it should be abundantly clear that no uncompromising, Bible-believing Christian will ever win popular approval. Should American Christians be surprised? Should we react with patriotic indignation? Or should we remember the words of Scripture:
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (Jn:15:18-19)
Yet, every four years, there a fresh fervor—even frenzy—among concerned Christians to “put the right man (or woman) in office.” But is our faith in ballots? or in the Bible? God’s Word states, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes” (Ps:118:8-9). Even if another “Ronald Reagan” could win the election, the victory would be symbolic, not substantive. As the media-driven antichrist culture shift overruns the moral and Constitutional restraints of former generations, American believers need to prepare their own hearts and minds—as well as those of their children and grandchildren—for this “new” reality, which, as long as the Lord tarries, threatens to darken our future with tangible consequences.
In spite of this, those who know and love God should not be anxious or fearful, recalling the words of Jesus: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John:16:33). This assurance is echoed in 1 John:4:4: “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Church Is “Clogged”—Someone Call Roto-Rooter!
There is an even more critical issue facing the church than any presidential election, and that is this: The majority of professing Christians are either ill-equipped—or unwilling—to address the stench of corruption, immorality, and doctrinal deception in the church! How, then, could they ever hope to rise up and “restore” an entire nation? It is no wonder that the world views the church as hypocritical.
The fact is, biblical moralism can’t be legislated, at least for very long. It didn’t work during Prohibition—and it didn’t work for John Calvin in 16th century Geneva during his dictatorial reign as “Protestant Pope” (see Calvin’s Tyrannical Kingdom ). Likewise, attempts at “Christianizing” the Netherlands at the turn of the 20th century by the Dutch Reformed statesman Abrahm Kuyper (Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1901-1905) seem to have produced a permanent boomerang effect: The “modern” city of Amsterdam makes America’s most immoral cities appear family-friendly.
Expanding on his Calvinistic worldview, Kuyper developed the Reformed doctrine of “Common Grace,” which in his view not only enables the ungodly to “develop the creation positively, that is, according to God’s standard and toward God the Creator,” but also “permits Christians, indeed calls them, to join hearts and hands with the ungodly in this positive development of culture” (http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/eschatology/worldview.html).
In other words, Kuyper was an early proponent of perhaps the first ecumenical “moral majority” tasked with social and political activism to build a better world. Interestingly, it is Kuyper’s concept of “sphere sovereignty” that led to development of the heretical Latter Rain agenda for restoration of America through the “Seven Mountain Mandate”:
In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, had lunch together in Colorado. God simultaneously gave each of these change agents a message to give to the other.... Francis Schaeffer was given a similar message [that] if we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven spheres , or mountains of society that are the pillars of any society. These seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion.... God was telling these three...where the battlefield was [and] where culture would be won or lost. Their assignment was to raise up change agents to scale the mountains and to help a new generation...understand the larger story. (http://www.reclaim7mountains.com/)
This extra-biblical “revelation” was picked up and championed by motivational speakers like Os Hillman as well as the mystical leadership guru, Lance Wallnau (disciple of self-proclaimed “Super Apostle” C. Peter Wagner). But ironically, even Christians who recognize the doctrinal errors of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and who realize the futility of this unbiblical “mandate” still fall prey to the same delusion that we must somehow “reclaim” society. However, God has not called us to redeem the culture, but to redeem the time , “for the days are evil” (Eph:5:16).
When All Else Fails, Read the Instructions!
Considering the past, present, and future failure of each of these “restoration” movements—especially when a secular majority begins to overwhelm a moral minority—the church should recognize that it’s been on the wrong mission all along. “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Ps:11:3). Even John Adams, our second president, declared that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Christians should by now realize the futility of “bringing heaven to earth,” whether by false “revivals” or spreading “democracy.” True democracy (51 percent) is mob rule—and that clearly explains the spoiling of our republic through corruption, collusion, and what some foresee as a second American “revolution.”
Population statistics alone confirm that the demographic landscape—and political future—of America is being permanently altered, in terms of national “identity” and religious conviction. Historically, this is normal over time through legal immigration. But one would have to be blind not to see an agenda behind the “failure” to protect our nation’s borders since 9/11. The number of US troops entangled in foreign wars, serving at the pleasure of the military-industrial complex, has only increased since the so-called “war on terror.” Yet, the same powers—under both Democratic and Republican administrations—that have sworn to protect our nation from enemies “foreign and domestic” have been repeatedly caught assisting with the international flow of drugs, guns, and money at the expense of American lives, both enlisted and civilian, with apparent impunity.
Understandably, such blatant racketeering and disregard for the rule of law has left conservatives and Christians alike concerned for the future of their country. Many are asking: “Is there hope for America? What is a biblical response? Where is America in Bible prophecy? Can we claim the promises of God in 2 Chronicles:7:14?”
We’ll address these issues and more next month, in Part Two .