By Michael V. Wilson
Persistent unfaithfulness is a fascinating phrase. I was reading the Bible one morning recently and I found this very interesting phrase or wording in the book of Ezekiel 14:13, where God was talking to Ezekiel about His reasons for punishing Israel. Look at what He said:
“Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it.”
Even though God was speaking to Ezekiel specifically about Israel, He made His statement so broad and all-inclusive that it would cover every land and nation in the world. And yes, that includes the United States of America.
Notice that God referred to a land that sins against Him. He doesn't limit it to lands that claim to worship Him and sins, as Israel did by breaking their covenant with Him. Sodom and Gomorrah never claimed to worship God and He destroyed them with fire and brimstone for their sins against Him. The Canaanites didn't know God or worship Him but they sinned against Him so He gave their land to Israel and told them to leave none of them alive when they went in to take the Holy Land and make it theirs.
Can anyone honestly argue that America hasn't sinned against God by persistent unfaithfulness?
The vile, blood-soaked practice of abortion (60 million murders and counting) would be enough to condemn our land without adding anything else to it. But we've added a lot to it, haven't we?
We've permitted, even encouraged, homosexual “marriage” in defiance of God's express commands on marriage and His explicit denunciation of homosexual behavior. We move the ancient landmarks (borders) to let aliens enter our nation and stay, in spite of their lawbreaking and violence. We've stolen from those who work, to give to those who refuse to work. We've let the government tell us what we can and can't do with our own property (Matthew 20:15). Divorce rates, even among evangelicals, have skyrocketed in spite of Jesus' strict admonition against it in Matthew 19:3-6. We've called evil good and good evil.
But rather than learning from our mistakes we've persisted in them, instead of repenting and asking forgiveness for our national sins, we've doubled down on them, creating more sin every day, enlarging our rebelliousness against God.
Church, I'm talking to you.
The godless will do what the godless have always done and always will do; ignore God, deride His Commandments, and spurn His forgiveness. There's nothing new or unusual about that.
What's new and unusual is that the Church (the Body of Christ as a whole) has rolled over and played dead in the face of mounting evil, sin, and wickedness running rampant in our land. This is the Laodicean Church, the lukewarm church that Jesus will spew out of His mouth.
Donald J. Trump is thought by many to be God's man for the age, and for all I know, he may very well be. God hasn't spoken to me on that issue so it's not my place to say. But back in the day, God explicitly said that Nebuchadnezzar was His man, His servant, His chosen tool.
Not to save Israel though, but to punish her.
Contrary to popular opinion – and the wishful thinking of many evangelicals – Trump may be God's man in the White House to divide America. Certainly, the political Left has gone into overdrive since his election, tearing the country apart in their sheer, unrelenting hatred of him and everything he does. It's gotten so bad they've taken to claiming tax cuts are bad and Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a rapist, in spite of all the evidence against both charges.
America is more divided than at any time since the Civil War. But it's divided in ways that are deeper and more ominous. The Civil War divided America mainly along geographical lines, North versus South, slave states versus free states.
The new (un)Civil War is dividing America along ideological and moral grounds that cut through every geographical region in the land; through the middle of States, through Counties and Cities, even through families and friends. It's cutting the threads that bind us into a nation, and the fabric is unraveling faster than anyone would have ever believed possible.
Instead of using Trump to save America, God may be using Trump to divide America, separating the wheat from the tares.
When God was talking to Ezekiel He had more to say than what we saw earlier. Let's take a look at the fuller, more complete passage in Ezekiel 14:13-14
“Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord God.”
If Trump is God's man to divide America in preparation for a coming judgment, the meaning here couldn't be clearer. God is done listening to our prayers for America. He won't listen to them, won't answer them, and doesn't want us praying them. Your faith in Christ will save you, and only you. It won't save America, it can't save America.
Don't get me wrong, there is still life after the Fall of America just like there was life after Israel was taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar, but it will be vastly different than what we're used to today.
When Nebuchadnezzar conquered Israel, Jeremiah told Zedekiah to surrender to the king of Babylon and their lives would be given to them as a prize, so even those who did what was righteous in God's eyes suffered and were taken captive along with the rest of their countrymen. God punishes nations as well as individuals.
America isn't exempt.
The Fall of America won't spare Christians from the loss of property and freedom. You'll lose quite a bit, maybe everything you have, but at least you'll survive. It won't be fun though.
America will descend into Third World poverty and want. Clothes, food, and shelter will only be obtained by backbreaking work all day, every day, without let up. Justice will be a thing of the past, and safety will be as ephemeral as a morning mist. Violence will be an everyday occurrence everywhere and America, as a nation, will no longer exist. It will be replaced by 50 or more individual nations, each of them weak and divided, open to invasion and conquest by marauding foreign armies.
America is past the point of no return. Persistent unfaithfulness always triggers God's Wrath and our country has persisted in sin for too long because the Church hasn't stood against the darkness.
In the midst of what will become a daily grind for survival, just remember, we did it to ourselves.