Dr. Couch, I appreciate your observations about where our nation is going. Where are some other verses that describe the state of our country?
Try Isaiah 57:20-21 and Jeremiah 17:5-11. America is a spiritually
restless and destructive nation. I am now writing a book on where this
is all going entitled: Satan, the Nations, and the End Times.
If it is possible, we are seeing sin becoming more sinful! Television
is a good thermometer to tell us what is happening to the people,
especially the younger people, of our nation. Did you know that in some
state universities they now have co-ed apartments. In other words, men
and women can live together in the same room.
God has said "The
wicked are like the tossing sea, for it cannot be quiet" (Isa. 57:20).
"Its waters toss up refuse and mud." Because of this "There is no peace,
says my God, for the wicked" (v. 21). Our nation only focuses on the
material and the physical. The moral and the spiritual are ignored.
even more pointedly, Jeremiah quotes the Lord as saying, "Cursed is the
man who trusts in mankind" (17:5). That is what the people of our
nation are doing. America trusts in America and not in God! Jeremiah
adds, cursed is the man who "makes flesh his strength" (v. 5b). And,
cursed is the man "whose heart turns away from the Lord" (v. 5c). This
man is like a bush in the desert who "lives in stony waste in the
wilderness" (v. 6). There is nothing but dryness and deadness around!
there is a reminder: "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and
whose trust IS the Lord" (v. 7). That man is like "a tree planted by the
water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the
heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a
year of drought nor cease to yield fruit" (v. 8).
Then the Lord
warns: "The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately
sick; who can understand it?" (v. 9). We cannot understand even our own
heart. We can be self deceived and not even know who we really are. God
searches our heart and tests our minds (v. 10a). And He will reward
according to our works.
The hope of Israel is the Lord. If they
do not trust Him, as all people, there will be judgment. Those who
forsake Him are "put to shame" (v. 13a). Those who turn away from Him
will be "written down, because they have forsaken the fountain of living
water, who is EVEN THE LORD!" (v. 13b).
In reference to the
spiritual fall of America, the old scholar Lange said "Out of the
virtues and vices of the family come the virtues and vices of nations."
Thanks for asking.
Dr. Mal Couch