Abraham Lincoln once said America was “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” This many at the time said defines our nation not by blood, soil, or particular culture, but by the cause of freedom and equality.
Now as I recount this human history, we must never forget that God is at work in all of this, Christ Jesus and the Person of the Holy Spirit are deeply intertwined with people and events. Even the evil events in which God has no part are affected by him in some way. He is at work.
Ephesians 1: 11 1 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.
God’s meticulous providence as expressed in Ephesians 1:11 indicates that our Creator plans and steers all events down to the smallest detail. All things great and small, good and evil, are included in our God’s sovereign ordination of history. God sees all of his creation, all of us and all events big and small in one flash, all at once. Understanding that, we must realize that God was at work as our nation came together as he is at work today in America. But you and I are in enemy territory. We forget, we are to comfortable and we have adopted this secular/humanist view that the unseen realm is a fantasy or has no influence on us. After all we are our own masters!
God among other things ordained America to come into being. And America has done many things and continues to do many things that have spread the gospel and has done good things for not only Americans but people around the world. Everyone wants to come to America (more or less).
Much has changed in America since then, our population has changed and is no longer as European as it was. Christianity continues to decline as we as a nation and a people circle back in our sin to pride and other selfish pursuits. The decline began many years ago. The religion that helped start America has become the Religion of Man and not God. The Supreme court said we all have: “the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”
As you can see from our culture this has been pushed to the extreme. Now anything goes, even among many Christians. As Americans worldview has continued to evolve many have become “woke,” and the Great Awokening has become the most dynamic, disruptive, and aggressively intolerant religious movement in American history. (Woke is a term that refers to an awareness of issues that concern social justice and racial justice.)
The discussion as to whether America is good, or evil is not new. Today however it is mainstream, and the media has inflated it into a new crisis. Much of what we hear through the government indicates that America is evil. We have taken on theses labels of Right and Left and each has connotations for many in our culture. America has been the Great Satan and needs to be “woke”.
Is this true?
America then (by these woke definitions) has never been free and equal so reforming America means abolishing it. So here we see the tangled mess we have now with the Right waving the Jesus flag along with the American flag, making them one in same as the Left attempts to do away with Christian principles. It is a pickle!
Back to the basics. There’s only one true Church. The Church of America nor the Church of Wokeness is the true church. America is a society like all other societies, mostly good but affected by evil, joined together by common heritage and understandings as well as the basic need for those living together in a common space to find a peaceful and productive way to survive. Being that we are in the world and we are a sinful people we fall into that category of Satanic Nations, just like every other nation in the world. American exceptionalism has been through Christ and the gifts he has given us. As we fall further into sin our exceptionalism wanes or disappears.
Jesus refers to Satan as “the prince” or “ruler” of this world three times: John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11. Satan attempted to influence Christ.
Luke 4: 5-7 5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours…
This confirms his temporary rule over the kingdoms of the world including America as he cannot offer what is not his.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. Ephesians 2:1-2
How We Worship Lesser gods
The Bible is clear in indicating that spiritual beings have been given authority and tasks in God’s creation. In the bible these beings were given names by their Human worshippers or by the beings themselves. We need go no further than King Solomon to see how the gods of this age corrupt people and cultures. King Solomon had 700 wives from many nations: Egyptians, Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites. These women were from nations that Yahweh had told the Israelites, “you must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods” (1 Kings 11:1-2). Scripture then says that Solomon “followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. Solomon sinned even further by building on a hill east of Jerusalem a temple for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. He did the same for all his other foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.” (1 Kings 11:5, 7-8). They are never called false gods or fake gods but other gods. They are also named.
For further reading on this subject: Demons by Michael Heiser
Those spiritual beings, perhaps Demons were worshipped by these people in these pagan lands. Those same beings are at work today in America and elsewhere and have turned our heads away from Christ.
This is what David Gilmore High Priest of the Church of Satan said in an interview in 2003: “What they [Satanists] essentially believe, is that life should be lived in the pursuit of pleasures, and we only get one chance to do it. Sounds like America to us.” From the article: America is Absolutely a Satanic Nation
Tomorrow we continue with Part 2.