Jesus wept over Jerusalem because its leaders and the people of his day both failed to understand “the things that make for peace” or recognize “the time of [their] visitation.” Because of this they were not prepared for the judgment that was soon to come upon them. They interpreted the signs wrong!
And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” —Luke 19:41-44 ESV
I am often asked, “Why bring up the past?” But, the fact remains; every time we quote the Bible we are bringing up the past—whether good or bad. I believe the problems we face in America today find their roots in our beginnings. If we can dig down to those roots I believe we have a chance to see judgment averted—or at least lessened. I am of the opinion that God’s judgments are, for the most part, him letting us reap what we have sown—which means he doesn’t intervene in that natural process. I believe that God has temporarily intervened many times in this nation to postpone judgment, but ultimately—if we don’t get to the roots—time may run out. If we don’t, as the scriptures warn, judge ourselves, then we will certainly fall under the judgment of God.
But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. —1 Corinthians 11:31- 32 ESV
If “judgment begins in the household of God” (1 Peter 4:17) then how much more important is it that the followers of Jesus in America see the truth about our past and begin to separate ourselves from the political and social attitudes that allowed us to carry out so much damage in the name of God and Christ.
Rather than try to paint a “christian” foundation upon this nation, let us, rather cling to the light and “expose the works of darkness”.
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. —Ephesians 5:11 ESV
Miigwech Bizandowiyeg (thank you for listening).