They shake their heads and deplore: “I just don’t understand what Obama is doing!”… It’s as if this administration keeps hoping for a new crisis to take the people’s minds off the current crisis … and when I get depressed (easy to do with the activities going in Washington, D.C., today) I turn to the scriptures and search them to find understanding.
The scriptures are a treasure trove of ancient governments dealing with crises similar to what America is facing today. It was corruption and a lack of personal integrity of elected officials in Israel that led to the capture, destruction and scattering of the 10 tribes and the eventual destruction of Judah and Jerusalem. These words, from Moses, provide an insight into what is happening today in America: “For, from the days of Cain, there was a secret combination, and their works were in the dark …” Another passage, referencing secret combinations, is more explicit. It reads: “And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain … behold they shall be destroyed …”
Things haven’t changed much since 2010 except the people seem to be more exasperated than ever and locally we are seeing Washington’s culture beginning to trickle down into Cherokee County politics. And the crises keep coming, one after the another — the latest being, or it was last week when I wrote this column, the crisis at the southern border where thousands of people, many unaccompanied children from Central America, cross the border and ask for asylum.
And based on a 2002 federal law they are receiving asylum. A planned crisis to take America’s mind off the IRA and NSA scandals this administration wants the American people to forget. The news networks are having a difficult time keeping up with the crises this administration keeps creating.
Isaiah 49:22-23 is a reminder that God is still involved. His words read: “Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.”
After reading Isaiah’s words I asked, “Is this border crisis prophecy being fulfilled?” These children from Central America are literally being carried into America on the shoulders of America’s “kings and queens.” These scriptures also reminded me of how modern Israel was created in 1948, on the shoulders of kings and queens.
Recently, while pondering the growing worldwide tensions, especially in the Middle East where the talk of an Islamic Caliphate is being openly discussed, with growing alarm, I remembered how the United States was created, with God’s help, in a manner very similar to how ancient Israel was created, with the strong arm of God after entering into a covenant with Jehovah. And because of that covenant they entered into with God they, the Israelites, became subject to the blessings and curses associated with covenant nations, blessings and curses that Moses recorded in Deuteronomy chapter 28.
Local Bible students are aware of the blessings Israel received when they were obedient to that covenant and of the curses they incurred when that covenant was broken — and they came with vengeance. The 10 tribes were taken captive by the Syrians and eventually scattered. And later, when Judah became corrupted, they were attacked and their people taken captive with Jerusalem and its temple eventually destroyed.
A question then came to mind: If Israel was created with the help of Jehovah and entered into a covenant with God, is the United States, itself a covenant nation, subject to those same blessings and curses that befell ancient Israel?
No student of true American history can deny that America has been blessed mightily since its creation in 1789. But it has also had its share of curses, including the Civil War with its aftermath.
Are more curses coming? A question we Americans would do well to ponder.
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.