US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 6) - We Are Not a Righteous NationSubmitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Thursday, July 11, 2013.
I. We are not a righteous nation. What business do we then have to try to force our immorality on others? 1. Wicked nations are characterized by: A. Pride (Eze 16:49). i. America is a proud nation; just look at the "American Pride" bumper stickers. ii. God hates pride (Pro 8:13; Pro 16:5). B. Fullness of bread (affluence) and an abundance of idleness (Eze 16:49). i. America is an affluent bread and circus society. ii. The chickens are beginning to come home of roost and we are losing our high standard of living. iii. We have lost our work ethic that made this country great and prosperous (Rom 12:11; 2Th 3:10; Ecc 9:10). C. Lack of charitable giving (Eze 16:49). i. This is a form of giving to God (Pro 19:17). ii. Being slack in charitable giving, including giving to the ministry, is robbing God (Mal 3:8-9). iii. God sends poverty to those who take care of themselves, but give little to Him (Hag 1:4-11). iv. Do you suppose this has anything to do with why we are in the economic condition we are? v. On the other hand, God abundantly blesses them that give liberally to Him (Pro 3:9-10; Mal 3:10). D. Covetousness (Rom 1:29). i. Americans' lives consist in the abundance of things they possess (Luk 12:15). ii. We are like the rich man who wasn't rich toward God (Luk 12:16-21). iii. This is idolatry (Col 3:5). E. Fornication (Rom 1:24,29). i. Fornication is a sin (1Co 6:18; 1Th 4:3; Heb 13:4). ii. We are a nation of fornicators. iii. "Today, according to a May 10-14 Gallup poll, only 38% of U.S. adults say it is wrong for a man and a woman to have sexual relations before marriage, while 60% disagree." - Gallop Poll, May 2001 F. Sodomy (Rom 1:26-27). i. Sodomy is the result of a depraved society who has rejected God (Rom 1:20-27). ii. God destroyed cities that were infamous for this perversion and from which it gets its name (Jud 1:7). iii. We are a nation of sodomites and sodomite supporters. iv. "Just three years ago, support for gay marriage was 44%. The current 53% level of support is essentially double the 27% in Gallup's initial measurement on gay marriage, in 1996." - Gallop Poll, May 2013 v. It's not just those that do such things who are under God's judgment, but those who have pleasure in them that do them (Rom 1:32). vi. We are an immoral nation in every area of morality. vii. Gallop Poll, June 2013 viii. (see attached outline for Poll results) G. Women in authority (Isa 3:12). i. Women are supposed to be keepers at home and obedient to their own husbands (Tit 2:3-5). ii. We have a nation where women are increasingly in control of their husbands, homes, their churches, and their governments at every level. iii. This ought not to be. H. Children are disobedient to parents (Rom 1:30). i. It is a wicked nation whose children are their oppressors (Isa 3:12). ii. Our nation is being oppressed by children whose parents will not discipline them. iii. Foolishness needs driven out of children with a rod (Pro 22:15). iv. They need the hell beat out of them (Pro 23:13-14). v. When this is done, they will give you rest instead of being your oppressor (Pro 29:17). 2. With a track record of righteousness like this one, why in the world would we think we have a moral obligation to force our "righteousness" on other nations?
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