The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. Arise, O Lord, do not let man prevail; let the nations be judged in Your sight. Put them in fear, O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men. (Psalm 9:17-20)
The Nation That Forgets God
Daniel Webster wrote, “I sought for the greatness of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers and it was not there. In her fertile fields and boundless prairies and it was not there. In her rich mines and her vast world commerce and it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and her power. America is great because she is good and if America ever ceases to be good – America will cease to be great. [Reagan, Ronald (2011-05-10). The Notes: Ronald Reagan’s Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom (pp. 78-79). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.]
The wise man explains in Proverbs 14:34 the only way a nation will be exalted is by righteousness. Turning away from the one true God is the sure destruction for any nation. There was a time in our country when the idea of trusting in God was more than just a monogram on a seal or logo on our money. It was an ideal that fueled our leadership, our communities and our homes. Religion was a valued asset of making these United States a commonwealth of morality rooted in the Bible. Those days are gone. It is more frequent to hear ridicule for the Bible than respect. Righteousness is almost against the law.
History is a foretelling of the future. What man has never learned is that if he wants to know what tomorrow will bring – he has but to view the pages of yesterday. The insipid wisdom of man will not learn from nations who have tried to live by their own moral code. Every (emphasis here) nation that turns away from God will fall because every nation that turned away from God does not exist today. And we think we are so special. We are not. When it is all said and done and the glorious American way has gone to depths of depravity it will fulfill the promise of the Lord that we are but men. God reigns; man dies.
The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it. (Jeremiah 18:1-10)
Because we [Americans] are out of the will of God we have lost the will to do right. (Billy Graham, Sermon, New York, May, 1957)