The blessing of God on a nation is a balance between the fulfillment of His promises and the submission to Him of its citizens.
When we forsake God's revealed path to prosperity, His Law, then in order to return the nation to right paths He "removes the hedge" of protection (Isaiah 5).
The recent collapse of many economies, the spread of incurable disease in man and animal, destructive natural calamities (e.g., El Nino, earthquakes, floods), global warming, loss of sovereignty, civil wars, criminality, military attack, failure of crops - all are the result of our disobedience to the divinely revealed laws for health, peace and prosperity.
All reflect the judgment of God upon the nations.
There's an unbreakable link between human behavior and the natural world. Obedience to the laws of God ("righteousness") brings prosperity to a nation. Disobedience ("sin") wreaks havoc and brings reproach - and ultimately the end of once great nations.
Especially, these judgments are sent upon those nations which have benefited from the blessings God conferred on Abraham and upon the descendants of Israel. The Anglo-Saxon nations, of all peoples, have participated in these blessings (Deuteronomy 33:13-17).
For over two hundred years we have been in positions of world influence, and increasing national prosperity. While far from perfect and often misused, colonial rule increased wealth and brought stability to those nations - conditions which existed neither before nor since. The homelands we have inherited have yielded untold riches and living standards beyond compare.
Yet we have forsaken the Giver - the one who gives us the power to get wealth (Deut 8:17-20).
As long as there was respect for the God of the Christian Bible, while He was proclaimed as "our God", to the extent we based our laws on His Word - then we were hedged around. God gave us many famous victories over our enemies. Men of wisdom and renown flourished in every aspect of society.
Now, we are increasingly in servitude to foreign domination. Strangers write - and impose - our laws. The British Parliament is the lap-dog of undemocratic and unelected officials beyond our shores. Waving the banner of liberality and equality, laws that degrade and undermine society are imposed behind closed doors.
And God will judge us.
He will judge our nation for our neglect of the elderly and for disrespect towards parents. We will be judged for our soft legislation on crime, for our rampant sexual immorality, for the legalization of perverse practice, for legal laxity and injustice. And for our rampant consumerism - nothing more than greed and idolatry.
Above all, we will be judged for despising the Creator and His revealed religion. Our national decline has coincided with - and been caused by - our progressive rejection of The Word of God.
We have been given time to change. Our leaders have for years been warned by many Christian activists of the awesome consequences of our godless materialism.
There may not be much time left.
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For PDF or mailed copy, see CGOM. Excerpt from New Horizons Issue 14, March/April 1999. Edited by James McBride of the Churches of God, United Kingdom.
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