God’s Fury Against Unfaithful Nations

In the last post, I made a point that God still desires for us to follow His ways.  We should not simply take advantage of God’s grace, and continue living on our own terms.

So, I worry about our nation when I read passages such as this:

“Your children who follow you in later generations and foreigners who come from distant lands will see the calamities that have fallen on the land and the diseases with which the LORD has afflicted it.  The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in fierce anger.  All the nations will ask: “Why has the LORD done this to this land? Why this fierce, burning anger?”

“And the answer will be: “It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the LORD, the God of their fathers, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt.  They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them.  Therefore the LORD’s anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book.  In furious anger and in great wrath the LORD uprooted them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now.””Deuteronomy 29:22-28

My first question is about whether these words could ever apply to a nation other than the Israel which God was speaking to at this time?  Could it pertain to the United States, a nation which was largely founded on godly principles?  I’m not sure.

But there is no doubt that the bulk of our nation has done just what is mentioned in these verses – we have left God as a nation and gone off to worship other things.  If the penalty mentioned applies still today – a variety of curses, and being uprooted as a nation – than I have a deep concern for this land.  I pray that some of us can make a difference and push back successfully against the evils that surround us.

Note:  The picture above is of a real sulfur ball, found at the site that archaeologists believe to be the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Inside it was found pure, unburned sulfur.  This is said to be the only place on earth where balls of pure sulfur such as this can be found.  Isn’t that consistent with the account of fire and brimstone which destroyed those wicked cities?  For more about this archaeological discover, visit here.


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