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Written by Jim Jordal   
Thursday, 14 March 2013


By Jim Jordal

 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my ordinances, and do them.

Ezekiel 36:25-27, WEB

 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Isaiah 60:1-2, KJV

We’ve all heard of individual transformation following crisis or some mystical or religious experience. Scripture contains many examples of this sort of transformation. One is the account of how God’s Spirit came upon craven but soon-to-be king of Israel Saul so that he would be "turned into another man" (I Sam. 10:6). And we all know of the apostle Paul’s transformation under Holy Spirit power from Saul the persecutor to Paul the chosen vessel of God. But what about nations? Can they also be transformed from degradation and decline into new vessels fit for obedience to God’s call and entrance into his kingdom?

If ever a nation needed transformation, it’s the U.S. today. We destroy children and families, crush workers, ignore the poor, exalt violence, tolerate moral filth disguised as entertainment, rob retirees, refuse adequate treatment to returned soldiers, oppress minorities, destroy the earth, and corrupt government. And amid all this destruction we arrogantly believe that the financial profits derived from this chaos are due us as dominators of the earth and its people. Yes, we need transformation in the worst way!

I’m probably in danger of being labeled "unpatriotic" as I attempt to reveal and change the many things going wrong in this nation today. But, may I remind those who don’t like what I say, real patriots do not passively accept injustice and oppression; they speak out against it. Had it not been for people who resisted we would not now have a nation or the freedoms we enjoy.

Our national transformation must move us from dominator to servant, oppressor to slave, and arrogant leader to humble follower. Before you label this a loss of the "greatness" of America, let me say that real greatness among individuals as well as nations arises, not from arrogant domination or massive wealth or military power, but from service and sacrifice in the cause of humanity.

American exceptionalism is the belief that we are an exceptional nation because of our divine destiny to spread democracy and freedom over the earth. This unearned "superiority" enables us to dominate others, exploit their resources, enslave their workers, empty their treasuries, war against their people, steal their lands, and destroy their national honor. And the worst part is that we think God is on our side!

But American exceptionalism is not dead: it lives on in the courage and sacrifice of young people willing to die for their beliefs and many who serve the "least of these." It was alive when President Theodore Roosevelt told the Barbary pirates led by a chieftain named Raisuli who had captured and held for ransom an American citizen named Lon Perdicaris that he would accept nothing less than "Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead." It was alive when President John Kennedy faced down Russia during the Cuban missile crisis. And it lives again every time a courageous Congressperson speaks out against the evils perpetrated in the name of progress and profit.

Yes, America is exceptional in the opportunity we have to better the world through application of the principles of justice, truth, mercy, and equity. These attributes were present during our early years and remain present today even though obscured by greed for the almighty dollar, vapid idiotic moral filth that pervades the entertainment world, and personal lawlessness that makes many of our streets and cities unfit for human habitation.

Our nation will soon be transformed, not by human effort, but by Almighty God who has in mind for America a role of serving humanity greater than anything yet imagined or achieved.