America, sin is coming at us in all directions and we are exulting at it. Let’s face it, America, we love sin. We love it because it keeps us busy, because it feeds the pleasure centers in our minds, because we have nothing else to cling on to as we approach the inevitable, recklessly and violently. We have turned our lives into a Mature Audiences movie, thinking that somehow this is what it means to be alive. Meanwhile, the barbarians mass at the borders, studying our weaknesses.
We are laying ourselves out to be ripped asunder by vultures. We will be reduced to a wasteland, like every other great civilization. We are like the Israelites before the Babylonians came and destroyed them; we are like Rome before the coming of Odovacar to sack Rome and end the late Western Roman Empire for good in 476 AD. Or perhaps we are somewhere betwixt the two, but either way we moving towards an endpoint.
America’s hope is Christ. “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” He is the truth and only the truth can make us free (paraphrase of John 8:32). Christ can deliver us from the evil that seems to be winning. That evil won’t win, but it will prevail for a time. Christ can blot out our sins and heal us of our iniquity, and is the sole source of salvation for all men.
We ain’t the first, and we ain’t the last country to forsake the blessing of God and eventually get chased out of its own land. The prophet Isaiah told Israel to beware. They didn’t listen. Soon, they were carried off into captivity by the Babylonians. Isaiah might have as easily told us the same warning. Let’s pretend he did, for the sake of spiritual edification.
Women who are used to lounging about in sin, ill-clad and seductive, wanton and irreverent, will get their chance to strip, but God is directing them to put on their funeral clothes instead, because they really should be mourning the decline of their once-faithful nation.
He is telling us to tremble because we need to fear God. Right now are we doing anything but fearing God? Sure, we’re shooting men, women and pets into space almost regularly; we’re discovering medical techniques that prolong our lives indefinitely; we’re even talking about “terraforming” other planets so we can fly off and destroy them once we’ve sucked our resources dry (whatever…). But we’re also living a life of severe sin – child pornography, divorce, drugs, disease, war, pollution, poverty, death. If we can’t see that our so-called progress is actually taking us straight to the buzzards’ bin of the devil’s landfill, then we are blind.
If America is a woman, then she needs to start wearing a dress (not a burka, mind you, but a dress, western-style). If America is a man, he had better stop with the sodomizing. Shortly after Solomon’s reign – the high point of the Kingdom of Israel (which turned sour late in Solomon’s reign when the aging king let his harem lead him to worship idols) – Israel and Judah were headed for a split, mainly because of sin. The kings sinned, and the people followed fast in their footsteps, completely forgetting God and turning towards idol worship, wickedness and homosexuality.
And Judah did evil the sight of the Lord…
And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. (1Kings 14:22,24)
We are in dire straits unless we begin to remember God. There is hell to pay if we don’t, for, according to the Prophet David, the forgetful nation will suffer the same fate as the wicked man. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that God. (Ps 9: 17) And that doesn’t mean once a year at Christmas, or once a week even, but every day, every hour.
Now, we must remember that this psalm was directed at Israelites long before Christ. Much has changed since then.