It seems there are a chorus of prophetic voices rising in the Church today who are declaring words of doom and destruction over America in general and the American economy specifically. While I do not claim to be a prophet, nor the son of a prophet, and certainly do not pretend to know what the future has in store, I do not believe that these voices of negativity are accurately reflecting the will of God for our nation. We are in the midst of a deep recession and in need of a rescue, this is true. But our worldview and the posture of our hearts, souls and minds has a great deal of influence on our future trajectory.
Both God and the devil have a plan for America. It is my opinion that there are those in the Church who are listening to the voice of the enemy in their declarations of judgment and destruction over this nation. I do not believe this is in agreement with the plans and purposes of God. I believe He has a great and glorious plan yet in store for America. Yes, we have in many regards lost our way and we have numerous problems that need big, even supernatural solutions. But there is nothing wrong with this nation that a generous application of God’s righteousness and justice in the right places will not fix.
In Isa. 9:6-7 we see that His government (Kingdom) is continually expanding, being built upon justice, righteousness and peace and that His zeal ensures it’s completion. Thus, as the “ecclesia” of Christ, wherever we see injustice or unrighteousness, that is our call to zealous action – to bring His Kingdom to bear in that area. This is where the Kingdom of light engages the Kingdom of darkness in hand-to-hand combat. This is where the Kingdom suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. Though we wrestle not against flesh and blood, all of creation is groaning and anxiously longing for the physical manifestation of the sons of God – those who possess the heart, character and nature of the Father Himself who will put an end to the corruption of sin and death.
America was born out of a unified, fiery passion to establish a land where individuals would be free to worship the living God in the manner of their own choosing, to pursue life, liberty and happiness and to enjoy the blessed fruit of their labors. Throughout the founding years of this nation, our forefathers publicly acknowledged the guiding hand of Providence. From their writings, we know they believed that God had a unique destiny and divine purpose for this new nation and they pledged their very life blood to see it come to fruition. Out of this fertile ground, prosperity (from free-market capitalism) and the Kingdom of God began to grow and spread exponentially throughout the land and into other other nations of the world. In spite of America’s sins (and they are many), God has used this nation like no other in the history of mankind to bring blessing and prosperity to the peoples of the earth.
Today, it doesn’t take a prophet to see that the American dollar is in big trouble. But there is one simple fact that we all need to keep in mind. Economic systems are largely dependent upon the people’s confidence in the health of the system. If people believe the system is failing and hard times are coming, they will hunker down and stop spending. Instead of seeking to expand, business owners will sit on their cash reserves and stop hiring. A downward spiral begins and that which we fear will come upon us like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Conversely, if people have hope and faith that things are improving, they will continue to spend their money, which creates jobs, which fuels economic recovery and growth. Thus, we will multiply our own reality, depending upon which direction we choose to believe we are going.
Anyone who has faith in the God of miracles that we read about in the Bible would never accept a negative prognosis of serious disease from a doctor as the final word. They would rise up and fight sickness and disease until their last breath, believing that God was for them and not against them. Yet amazingly enough, some of these same people will receive a negative economic prognosis from the “experts” and become fatalistic about America’s future. The sickest part of this is that some actually believe that they are fulfilling the will of God by giving up on their own future and that of their children and grandchildren, believing in this that they will hasten the return of the Lord. Nothing could be further from the truth.
What happens to the rest of the world if America ceases to exist? Who is positioned to take a stand for righteousness, justice and peace? Communist China? Socialist Europe? Islam and Sharia?
Jesus said He was not returning until the Gospel of the Kingdom (His rule and reign) had been preached to every nation. We do not hasten His return by simply wishing for it, or giving up and surrendering ground to the enemy. He gave us a commission to make disciples by teaching people how to live in righteousness, that we might enjoy justice and peace. This is a nation worth fighting for, and God is looking for those who are willing to lay down their lives to see His Kingdom come and His will being done in every nation on earth, especially the one we call our home.
So the choice is ours. We can be complacent and sit around and complain about the way things are. Or worse, we can come into agreement with the devil and echo his words of doom, gloom and destruction. Or, we can rise up and be the cleansing agent of Christ that He has called us to be and bring His rule and reign to bear in the nerve centers of this nation and get her back on the right track once again.