if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
I have heard this passage used recently in reference to America, or Christians living in America, to do so is to take it out of context. The Lord spoke these words to Solomon when He appeared to him one night following the completion of the temple, and the royal palace in Jerusalem. God is speaking to Solomon about the Jews, and their land, not to America, or American Christians. God is saying if the people of Israel will repent, and turn to Him, He will forgive them and heal their land. Sure if America would repent of its sins it would be forgiven, but that is not what is spoken of in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
America is also not the “holy nation” that Peter writes about in 1 Peter 2:9-10. The holy nation referred to there is the Kingdom of God, the Body of Christ, the church, faithful believers in Jesus the Christ. America is a nation that God has established, its government is the authority He has established, that Christians are to be subject to. (Romans 13:1-7) But, Americans are not His chosen people. Christians are, and as such are foreigners and exiles in America. It’s where we reside, but our citizenship is in heaven. (Philippians 3:20)
But while we are here, we are to; “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (1 Peter 2:12) Our lives should show a better way to America, not reflect America’s sinfulness. Let’s distance ourselves from the moral degradation of the nation, pray for the nation, and lead by example. The early disciples turned the world upside down by sharing the Gospel and living godly lives, not by engaging in the moral decline of the nation where they resided. Jesus is still on the throne!
© 2016 Leo J. Woodman