Is Washington also amongst the prophets?
We’d better hope not:
No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States…
[but] we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained…
— Washington’s First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789
Eternal rules of order and right like this one:
[F]rom the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one.
— Mark 10:6-8 NASB
Whatever the specific “constitutional” arguments in favor of the Supremes’ gay marriage ruling, or their continued rulings legalizing abortion or chucking Christ out of our national life, there can be no doubt that in addition to overthrowing millennia of Western culture, our highest court has arrogantly disregarded the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained. Jesus here is quoting from the very first chapters of the very first book of scripture. If ever rules of order were ordained by Heaven for men, that marriage is a joining of a man and a woman is foremost among them. But our courts claim to know better than God, to be fairer than God, less bigoted than God, more modern and sophisticated than God.
Of course, one can always argue that God isn’t real or that if he is, he doesn’t really care what people do in their bedrooms or what nations do, despite what’s spelled out in scripture. That’s a very modern and sophisticated thing to say, and all sophisticated, modern people say it, including the leadership of lots of churches. They had better hope that’s the case.
Because if our founders were right, if our first President in his first inauguration speech was right, we can fully expect that the propitious smiles of Heaven, which Washington credited with our successful secession from England and the establishment of our nation, to frown mightily when this arrogant nation spits that blessing back in God’s face.
If the Social Justice Warrior Left gets its way, the blessings of liberty, the blessings of prosperity, even the blessings of peace will be removed from America. This is not a prophecy, for I’m no prophet. It is a simple matter of recognizing God’s character and ours, God’s purposes and ours as expounded by our founders, those dead old white men who were so silly as to believe that the Creator of the universe cared about them, their freedom, and their prosperity.
Many moderns laugh and dance and celebrate the end of such superstition, but we will not be able to say we were not warned of the consequences by your own founders. Not that it will help us see it coming, I suspect: a nation that turns its back on God is in no position to see God turning His back on them.
God apparently abhors human sacrifice. Neither the Egyptians, Greeks nor Romans practiced human sacrifice, and their nations flourished for hundreds, and for the Egyptians, thousands of years, and continue to influence modern life with their thought (Egyptians invented monotheism). The Canaanites, Carthaginians, Druids, Aztecs and all others that practiced human sacrifice have disappeared and left little in the way of a cultural mark on modern society.
The story of Abraham offering his son for sacrifice has been a source of controversy. Why would a good God ask such a thing? My suspicion is that it was to serve as a marker, a guidepost and a warning to all Jews throughout the following ages, telling them that child sacrifice was never acceptable.
It was to separate them from all their Canaanite neighbors who did have that practice. It offered the moral justification for the annihilation of the Canaanite culture (just as we recently annihilated Nazi culture, and killed all of them we could get our hands on).
In our modern culture, we sacrifice babies to the god of convenience. God is good, merciful, forgiving. That didn’t save the Druids when the Romans came, nor the Aztecs when the Spanish came. I honestly fear for my country.
I don’t believe that God punishes nations for what individuals do, unless that nation is oppressed by a powerful and corrupt few. In a free country such as ours, where individuals make their own decisions, we are each held responsible for our decisions as well as benefit from them. That is why our nation has been so greatly blessed. It’s certainly not that everyone is so good, in America. From the beginning, there were brothels, gambling, liars and cheaters. But, the fact that we are each answerable for our behavior, at the mercy of Divine Providence, allows those who are good and right to be blessed despite the behavior of those around them. That is what is meant by the Blessings of Liberty.
That is an excellent reply, and I will think about it.
I must disagree. Nation are blessed and punished, according to the Bible. It may not be in man’s time, but it happened. Certain nations are chosen for certain purposes. Babylon was chosen as the instrument of justice for Israel. Sodom was chosen to be an example that rang down through the ages of the wages of inhospitality as well as their other sins.
The US is building a capital stock of abhorred sins, and capping it off with pride.
In general, I agree. Yet we do have the example of Achan, whose sin caused all of Israel to be punished. We have a balancing act of individual responsibility and community responsibility. See Joshua 7 for context on Achan.
Even if you don’t believe Jesus is the son of God, you would have to recognize that he’s red pill as F$ck. Every one of the laws he and his disciples laid down, when analyzed through the lense of anthropsychology (Not sociology, that ‘science’ is hopelessly corrupted), are the things REQUIRED by a society in order to function effectively, humanely, and with enough freedom to advance and enough structure to protect itself from destroyers.
Sins affect nonbelievers… God doesn’t have to lift a finger to punish a nation that throws away his laws… They do it themselves, every single time. It is miraculous to watch.