Thoughts on Deuteronomy #2 — A Wise and Great Nation

7th November, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

What makes a nation wise and great? In Deuteronomy 4:5-8 Moses gives us the answer to that question.

“See I have taught you decrees and laws … observe them carefully for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations who will hear about these decrees and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us when we pray to Him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of haws I am setting before you today?

Our nation is different from Israel. It is not a theocracy. We don’t all worship the same God, and God is not the covenant God to the United States in the same way He was to the people of Israel.  The Christian faith, however, has had a shaping influence in the formation and continuation of our nation’s government, and to the extent our nation carefully adhered to the principles of God’s moral law, we have prospered.

The United States is not a Christian nation now. The number of people who attend church is only about 50%, and of that percentage, how many are true believers in Jesus. We have been creeping away from biblical morality, and in recent years the creeping has turned into a fast walk. The consequence of our nation’s choices is that we are no longer a wise nation, and soon we may not be a great nation either.

The events of the election season have been distressing to me in many ways. Most of you are probably distressed and discouraged as well. Now we have to keep our eyes on real Hope — Jesus Christ our Lord who is just as real today as He was yesterday, or last year, or two thousand years ago. We need to ask the Lord for real change — the change in our hearts to not succumb to discouragement and to look at our own hearts to find the change that must occur.

Obama’s slogan was “Forward,” and Romney’s slogan was “believe in America.” I say, “move onward and keep believing in Jesus.”

 

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