There was a quote I read the other day, that I cannot now lay my fingers on, from one of the 'founding fathers', with words -equating- a person's faith in God, to this nation's alleged roots in theocracy. And so today's preachers use such quotes as PROOF that the founding fathers were [C]hristians. But they were no more [C]hristian than today's lying politicians who close their speeches with "God bless America". Like the old Negro spiritual that says, "Everybody talkin' 'bout Heaven ain't goin' there" Most of those claiming to be "christian" are not [C]hristian. As Paul said of Israel,
To whom was this opening verse said? Solomon had just dedicated the new temple, and so God then appears to him in a dream. Solomon had prayed, asking God to 'hear' the prayers of God's penitent ones when they would have sinned, and then turn towards the temple (representative of God's presence) in repentance. (2Ch6:36-39) And so God responds,
The money in this country all says, "In God we trust". But -which- god is that? Is it Allah (as our current president has announced to the world that we are allegedly a Muslim nation), Isis, the great spirit (according to the native traditions of this continent), Queen of Heaven, Buddha, Gaea; or as AA 12-step says: How does America "perceive" him to be?
It certainly is -NOT- Jehovah Most High! He sent His Son, Jesus Christ; but by judicial and legislative diktat His 10-Commandments are removed from public display, commemorative manger scenes are not allow in public places, nor are school children allowed to have a Bible sitting on their desks where (Gasp!) somebody else might -see- it 'sitting' there, and be 'offended'! Thus, it is clear that this country has (officially) REJECTED the Most High God. So... in 'which' -god- do they trust? This country does not 'fit' the verse.
God is not able to say of this nation, "My people". Because it is not; and historically never has been.
But supposing, for the sake of argument, it could be said that this nation -is- "God's people", how does God continue? Talk of -HUMILITY-?
Now, one hears the expression at every turn. Some athlete gets some honor, or politician receives praise...and on the news cameras they are recorded saying how the experience has "humbled" them.
IT DID NOT! THEY ARE NOT! ... -HUMBLED-
Inside they are brimming with pride, about ready to burst. That athlete that is now 'humbled' before the cameras? Just a few short minutes ago was high-fiving, fist-bumping, chest-bumping, hugging, and being lifted up on the shoulders of the team-mates, as they were yelling out with self-congratulatory praises, receiving with -joy- and -PRIDE- the accolades of the fans. Now, suddenly, they are "humbled"??? Who are they kidding!?
Why... the day this article was roughed in (these articles typically get roughed in one day, and tweaked a couple more, before being ready for mailing and posting), that evening's NBC news told of this southern regiment that was in Wisconsin for special training, and when X-mass time came they were given leave, but the government was not providing travel fare to go home to one of the southern states; so their local community organized and raised funds to bring their troops home for the holidays. One of the men leading the effort on TV camera said: "We are all sooo proud.... humbled...." that they had successfully raised the money.
It was quite obvious from his excitement that they were, truly, "proud". They were pumped up. But... a second thought... drop that chest a bit... silence... "humbled". It is -said- that 'humility' is a virtue. So, if I -say- so about myself, it is true. Well... not really! Not in the true heart of hearts. The thing that gets -blurted- out is usually the truth of one's heart...
Pray? People of this generation certainly 'pray' a lot. Oprah prays. Charismatics pray. Yoga and meditation is all about 'praying'. But it has nothing to do with the Most High.
"So I have also made you despised and low before all the people, just as you have not kept My ways, but have shown partiality in the Law." (Mal2:9)
But this prayer and repentance must be before the -right- God. Not any ol' god will do!!!
When Nebuchadnezzar, himself, met God...
"Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and honor the King of Heaven, for all His works are truth, and His ways are justice. And He is able to humble those who walk in pride." (Dan4:1-3,37)
Most of the Jews in Babylon were not discernable as being God's people; that's why they were in captivity in the first place. Out of all of Babylon's population, and the numbers of Israel mixed among them, it was the "few" (Mt7:14), Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah who put their own lives on the line before Nebuchadnezzar. (Dan3) And 'lone' Daniel before Darius. (Dan6)
The days before Jesus comes are called the days like the "days of Noah" and the "days of Lot". Noah certainly headed a family of eight people, but how soon after the flood did Nimrod establish the Babylon religion. Peter says that Noah was "-one- of eight" (2Pt2:5) In other words, out of all the world, actually -only- 'Noah' was righteous. His family was preserved due to their untainted genetics. (Gen6:9) Out of Lot's family, his wife lusted after Sodom and was destroyed. After they escaped, Lot's two daughters got him drunk and committed incest with him; which became the fathers of two Godless nations, Moab and Ammon. In both cases, 'lone' -individuals- who were righteous before God, in a world full of wickedness.
There are subscribers who write periodically, expressing how their own spirits are utterly 'sick' due to the world they find themselves in, and what goes on around them. As Peter says of Lot,
Supposing we wish to speak of the church? The nominal church in this nation is also NOT God's "people". Some of the non-Babylonish denominations have a history of having been God's people. But like Sardis, they "have a name that [they] live, but are dead" (Re3:1) Some others that have a historical past "have fallen" and their lampstand has been removed. (Rev2:5) Some are poor and worldly, but boast in their self-presumed prideful riches and are ready to be puked out. (Re3:16)
Now if these, called "church", are Dead, Removed, Vomited... are those not the definitions of NOT BELONGING to God! One definition of the Believer is one who is "-ALIVE- together with [Christ]" (Col2:13) When we were saved we were "made...-ALIVE- together with Christ" (Eph2:5)
For all that happened during Nebuchadnezzar's reign, and it appears from Daniel ch4 that he was converted, and became a True Believer; Babylon still came to an end, judged, taken over by Medo-Persia.
This nation's demise seems imminent, as historical time typically progresses. There are some preachers extending the call for more preachers to join what they call the "black regiment"; historically, preachers who wore black robes, and were strong leaders for the national political cause.
But God's call is to His own people. He says to Solomon, "If My people..." Of the nations of the world, their fate is already sealed since prophecy-past. Soon the King of kings and Lord of lords will come to conquer and make them all -His- kingdoms. (Re11:15)
And to His own He issues the clarion call:
Dare to have a purpose firm, dare to make it known
Are you of the sort to be honored in the ranks of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah? (Da1:6) Certainly, they were assigned places of leadership in Babylon's politics. But they first put their lives on the line for God. And Daniel was called "greatly beloved" (Dan9:23,10:11,19)