Summary: God’s love for a nation includes the judgments that must come to turn that nation from spiritual adultery to the worship of the true God.
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Pastor James May
GOD’S LOVE FOR AMERICA!
Lamentations 3:40-42, "Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned."
Even though the verses above are the key to this message, I believe that God’s dealings with Israel throughout the entirety of the Book of Lamentations is a picture perfect example of His dealings with our nation today.
Israel was under judgment from God. Because of her great apostasy, Israel had played the harlot in her spiritual adultery with the idols of Canaan and the surrounding nations. Israel, God’s chosen nation, is often referred to in terms of being the wife of God upon this earth. In this sermon I will attempt, under the leading of the loving Holy Spirit, to show you how God’s hand of love brings correction to a rebellious nation who has forsaken Him and went whoring after other gods.
God’s ultimate purpose in bringing judgment upon man for his sin is to turn man from that sin in true acts of repentance, the judgments that God allows to befall a rebellious nation or individual are never pleasant and often misunderstood in their purpose.
While our Just, Righteous and Holy God must judge sin and cannot allow it continue, His judgments are always tempered with mercy and a promise of ultimate deliverance if those under judgment would only turn back to Him.
The Prophet, Jeremiah, as he weeps in sorrow over the condition of his own people, is a type of our Lord Jesus Christ as He stands and weeps over the sin in our world. Jesus stood on the hill and looked over Jerusalem crying in Matthew 23:37-38, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate."
Jesus still stands today, looking down from the hills of Glory, looking at each person on the earth one at a time, at each nation in turn, and America, a nation that was so blessed and cries those same words for us. How great is His love for America! How great is His love for every man – so much so that He died on the cross for you and I, and yet He must and has begun to send judgment because of our rebelliousness as a people and nation.
In the years prior to and immediately following World War II, America was looked upon as the friend of the world and the protector of all that was good and the bastion of freedom by every nation on the face of the earth. Every nation, even our enemies, had a healthy respect and awe for the blessings of God and the things that were good about our nation.
Since the 60’s with the Vietnam Conflict, and continuing to this day, our power, prestige, and will, as a nation has been on a fast slide into oblivion. Multitudes of sermons and studies from the secular world have paralleled our slide to destruction with that of the Roman Empire as it began to crumble, not from attacks of outside enemies, but from the corruption, degradation and sin within.
The Book of Lamentations is a graphic example of what a nation experiences as it faces God’s judgments. I want to example those examples and show why I believe that America is already under judgment from God for its corruption and sin.
Lamentations 1:1-2, "How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies."