Saturday, May 09, 2015

Ameri-who?

And yet another book about America in biblical prophecy is making its rounds. I haven't read it yet so I'll refrain from naming the culprit until I've done so.  Apparently those who are reading it are either too young or too old to remember the 70's and 80's.  I even have a book on my shelf, that I've never read, called "America in Prophecy".  Why do I keep it?  For a chuckle I guess.

I really don't want to read the latest book because I don't have the time to read yet another account of how America figures into biblical prophecy.  I simply don't think I can stomach the terrible hermeneutics that are needed to come to the conclusions arrived at in these sorts of books.  But if I don't read it I'll be told I have no right to judge.  Here is how it usually works.  First, I research the book and read the conclusions arrived at by other sources I trust.  Second, I decide if the book is comparable to an already existent heresy or heretical book that has already been written and debunked.  If this is the case, I don't bother reading the book and I warn others away form it.  However, for some this is simply an odd way to judge heresy.  Apparently whenever an old heresy, which has already been condemned by the church, sometimes hundreds or even thousands of years ago, is re-imaged for our ever so intelligent modern generation, I am suppose to invest myself fully in it in order to determine if I agree with all those super smart, super holy people that have come before me.  Apparently some people have lots of extra time on their hands.

I have been "forced" to read The Shack and Heaven is for Real so far and frankly I'm just not up to doing it again.  I've not had my mind changed from my opinion held before I read it.  The last read involved a ten page review of the book concerning which most people I gave it to (because they asked) either never read it or didn't really care one way or the other once they did (both groups consisting on a very, very small sampling).

Anyway, here is a question:  What if America isn't that special (gasp!)?   Not only is America not in the Bible in any way shape or form, but what if America simply does not matter to God when it comes to his eschatology? What if America, like so many other nations that have come before it, is doomed to simply decay and disappear?   What if (I realize this is going to sound crazy) what God really cares about are the people in America and not actually America itself?

Ha!  Got you!  I'm just kidding.  America really is in the Bible.  It shows up at least once:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

(Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)

Note the words, all nations? America is definitely a nation and definitely needs Jesus. Does the church need more than this when it comes to America in the Bible?

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