America Is Not Israel
You see, all of the sudden my social media accounts are FULL of this particular scripture. It’s even being posted by people I would have never accused of cracking open a Bible or even worshiping God, the Father of Jesus.
It’s being posted by individuals who feel their Christian rights are being stripped away and everyone other than Christians are being given rights that America’s founding fathers would never have founded a new country to support.
This one partial scripture is being touted as if it’s a get out of jail free card. A simple click of the ruby red slippers three times while chanting, “There’s no place like home.”
If only any thing in life worked that way.
THE FULL IF, THEN STATEMENT
Then one night the lord appeared to Solomon and said, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this Temple as the place for making sacrifices. At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 2 Chronicles 7:1-14
This scripture is God’s reply to Solomon’s prayer. It is a direct set of instructions to the nation Israel-God’s chosen people.
God doesn’t beat around the bush. He tells them straight up that He himself will cause drought, destroy their crops with bugs, and send plagues.
However, He provides them with a solution to the hardships.
- Humble yourselves
- Seek my face
- Turn from your wicked ways
If the Israelites, God’s chosen people, will do these things, then he will forgive their sins and restore their land (make it rain, kill the bugs, stop the plagues).
Read the rest of 2 Chronicles 7. It gives even more if/then statements. Israel may have been God’s chosen people, but it didn’t give them permission to stand idly by and expect Him to hand them everything.
AMERICA IS NOT ISRAEL
I’m fairly certain I just offended someone there, but it’s true. America is not God’s chosen country. We aren’t a people set apart.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE America. I love being American. But I love God more. I love being a Christian more. And my first citizenship belongs to God. I am His chosen people, but my country has nothing to do with that.
Praise God that He sent His Son, Jesus, as a living sacrifice so that we aren’t under the old covenant any longer. I am chosen people because I have access through the new covenant. That has nothing to do with me being an American.
America isn’t in the Bible. Never even mentioned. Yet there are a lot of people that believe America is God’s chosen country. America is blessed by God more so than other nations. There are some that believe God expects Americans to save the rest of the world.
Yeah. Go back and read that one again. Think about it.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t save people. Only Jesus’ blood could do that.
Christians residing in America can learn a lot from 2 Chronicles 7, but we shouldn’t be expecting it to promise us full restoration to a Christian nation. It didn’t promise that to the Israelites: It promised rain, bug-free crops, and an end to plagues.
What we can learn is that:
- God hears the prayers of ANYONE called by His name (2 Chronicles 6:32-35)
- Humility is the first step in a heart change (Leviticus 26:41)
- Prayer is our direct line to communicate with God (2 Chronicles 14:11, Psalm 34:6, Psalm 61:2)
- When we seek God’s face we will find it (Psalm 27:8, Isaiah 55:6, Proverbs 8:17, Deuteronomy 4:29, Matthew 7:7-8)
- when we repent, God will forgive (1 John 1:9)
We can’t just dismiss the scriptures because they are written about other people or nations, but we also can’t twist them to mean things they never said.