Do you want to know where America is today in historical and biblical terms?
It’s where ancient Israel was before being destroyed by God.
In Hosea 8, God speaks to the prophet about the precipice on which Israel stands: “They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.”
We are in full apostasy boogie.
We have left our Judeo-Christian roots, values and heritage and are pursuing other gods.
We think we’re too sophisticated for accountability to God.
God’s laws and judgments are, well, too judgmental for a secular and advanced society like America’s.
We know how to do it better.
This is, in fact, the subject matter of the No. 1 faith film in America this year – “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” which I was privileged to produce. Its popularity – 35 weeks as the No. 1 faith film and a top five documentary during most of that time – suggests not all Americans are falling for this retreat from reality. It’s a visual retelling of the No. 1 Christian book of 2012, “The Harbinger.”
Nevertheless, the election, whether it was the result of voter fraud or stupidity or both, suggests America is turning rapidly away from God.
Hosea 8 is an apt metaphor – maybe even a dual prophecy for America in 2012.
God speaks through the prophet: “Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law. Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee. Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him. They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off. Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency? For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces. For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.”
Samaria was the capital of ancient northern Kingdom of Israel at the time. In other words, it was what Washington, D.C., represents in America today.
Some people suggest such prophecies only applied to Israel – and we have little to learn from them.
We can learn from every verse of the Bible – and need to – especially when they speak to us about our own experiences. That’s why they were written. That’s why they were recorded. That’s why God spoke them. That’s why the Bible is the bestselling book in the history of the world. That’s why these ancient words, above all others, have been preserved for us today.
If you think the parallels between ancient Israel and modern America are only the product of someone’s vivid imagination, I dare you to watch “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment.” I promise you your skepticism will be removed.
When modern American leaders are actually mouthing the same words as the unrepentant and proud leaders of ancient Israel, who wanted to do things their way instead of God’s way, let’s just say it gets your attention.
In America we are not only repeating the ancient vows, we are re-enacting the plot. We are indeed setting up kings, without regard to God. We are making princes who He knows not. And we are making idols of material things, so that we may be cut off.
Lord help us.