“If God does not judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah” – Sincere but incorrect famous evangelist’s wife
Before you get caught up in this, here are some things to consider:
- 1. God already judged America 2000 years ago. Every sin committed by every person in this nation was punished on the cross, where Jesus took the blame for it. America’s sin may be great, but the blood of Jesus is even greater. No one has done anything here that His precious blood did not atone for.
- 2. God will indeed judge America for sin at the same time that He pours out His wrath on all other nations on the earth for sin. This period is often referred to as the Tribulation (it is called a time of great tribulation in the Bible). At that time, everyone who has refused to receive Jesus will pay dearly for sin. But God has not appointed us to wrath (1 Thess 5:9). The Church will be removed before the Tribulation so that we do not share in the awful judgments specified in the book of Revelation.
- 3. There are many prophecies of national judgment in the Bible, but you will find them only before Jesus shed His blood for our sins and after the Church is removed from the earth. While there are many chapters full of prophecies of wrath upon entire nations, not a single one of them applies to the Church Age that we are now in.
- 4. If God wanted to judge a nation for its wickedness, would He single out the country that has done the most over the years to evangelize the world? Would He strike a country with so many Christians instead of one where they make a point of KILLING Christians? Would He kill the people in a largely Christian nation before the ones in an idolatrous country?
- 5. When Abraham interceded for the aforementioned Sodom, God said that He would spare the city if He could even find 10 righteous people there. There are certainly more than 10 righteous people in America. If God would spare Sodom for the sake of 10, He would spare America for the sake of 10.
- 6. America has been morally debased before at various times in its history. This isn’t the first time that godlessness has been rampant here. God’s solution in these past times was not to judge America and wipe it off the face of the earth, but rather to hear the cry of His remnant and send a nation-shaking revival that resulted in massive conversions where whole cities got saved in short order. Is God less merciful today?
- 7. While God hates homosexual acts (which are abominations to Him) and abortion (which is outright murder of the unborn), it is an even WORSE sin to reject Jesus. Jesus spoke woe to cities, telling them that they would get a more severe judgement than Sodom and Gomorrah, not because they were gayer or killed more unborn babies than someone else, but because they rejected Him despite the miracles that He did there. I don’t believe it can be said that America has rejected Jesus. The way that every major political candidate panders to Christian conservatives proves that Christians are still here in good numbers, enough numbers to swing election results in many states. The city of Jerusalem (but not all Israel) was singled out for judgement because it rejected Jesus. There are no instances in the New Testament of any entire geographical area being singled out for judgement because of gay abominations or the murder of the unborn. (Jude only mentions the Old Testament judgement of Sodom and Gomorrah.)
- 8. Despite the fact that Jonathan Edwards’s sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” produced a lot of conversions in the Great Awakening, I can’t agree with its basic premise, though most Christians seem to. Is God sitting up there angry at everyone, just waiting to pour out His wrath on everybody? Is God mad at America? Is God mad at you? The answer to all these questions must be “no” because God already took out His wrath on Jesus. He isn’t mad at you and He isn’t mad at America. He loves you and everyone else in this country! We preach the good news that God reconciled us to Himself in Christ!
- 9. “If God judges America, He will have to apologize to Jesus.” – Andrew Wommack