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Written by Jim Jordal   
Thursday, 21 January 2016


BY Jim Jordal

 Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.                                                                                      Isa. 44:21-23 KJV

In his recent State of the Union message, President Obama called the U.S. “the  most powerful nation on earth.” That phrase of course conjures up military and economic power associated with destruction and domination, but could also call up remembrances of times when our nation rose beyond the shackles of fear and hatred to forgive and restore conquered nations, such as what the Marshall Plan did in post-war Germany and Japan.

Yes, we are undoubtedly the world’s strongest military and economic power. We could flatten enemy cities and bankrupt their economies. But what would we gain but enemies driven to desperate acts of personal and national suicide? Or pseudo- allies proclaiming undying loyalty to us while at the same time aiding those who plot terror attacks against us and sending out brainwashed disciples to carry them out.

 But nations can also express their power through moral authority, or standing firm in support of basic universal rights and responsibilities common to all humans whatever the time or place. These inalienable rights include “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as found in our Declaration of Independence. They also include the right of rebellion when these basics are denied.

The problem throughout history has been that nations generally define power in the military/economic sense, using this power to dominate, enslave, and oppress less-powerful peoples. The Industrial Revolution introduced machines and mass production to the mix, creating new ways to enslave and exploit---old suffering; new method. Now we have through the marvels of technology combined military and economic power in an irresistible manner new to history.

We could be using our national power and prominent position to better the world through improved medical care, food production, education, social structures, financial generosity, and many other methods being discovered almost daily. But no, we fiercely hang onto the past as we run roughshod over nations weaker than ourselves, seeking new markets for our products, wage slaves to produce our baubles, and suggestible and compliant people to enjoy our often mindless, amoral entertainment. For shame!

Scripture tells us that “righteousness exalts a nation, and sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34). God said his people would possess greatness in all aspects if they would follow him and obey his word. He chose us as his servants to bring his blessings to the entire creation. That’s what the present turmoil of nations is all about: the time of trial as an old order shakes itself to pieces and a New Order, the Kingdom of God on Earth, replaces it.

It remains to be seen whether America will use its superpower status only to gain and protect markets for our insatiable commercial interests or more bases for our far-flung military presence. Or will we awaken to God’s will that we be, not the Great Satan to the world, as we now are called by some Islamic leaders, but the source of great blessing to the enslaved peoples of the  world.

This Jubilee-inspired biblical passage from Isaiah 49:8-9a is directed to Israel, and by implication, all Christians: “Thus says Yahweh, In an acceptable time have I answered you, and in a day of salvation have I helped you; and I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of the people, to raise up the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritage: saying to those who are bound, Go forth; to those who are in darkness, Show yourselves…”

We are God’s servant nation, not the dominator and destroyer of the earth. It’s time we began to act cording to God’s plan.