One Nation Under God
“He makes nations great, and destroys them;
He enlarges nations, and disperses them.”
“I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson,
Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who
through faith conquered (“to crush underfoot”) kingdoms,
administered justice, and gained what was promised. . .who
became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.”
“He (God) trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”
David in Psalm 18:34
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or
command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among
my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will
humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from
their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will
forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:13-14
“Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”
David in Psalms 144:1-2
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession
and thanksgiving be made for everyone— kings and all
those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives
in all godliness and holiness.”
1 Timothy 2:1,2
Each comes with a form of authority:
You are the head of your soul and rule through self discipline
Man is the head
of woman (Ephesians 5:23; 1
Parents are the head of the house (Col.3:20; Dt. 5:16)
Government is the head of the nation (Rm 13:1-7; Mt. 22:21)
Revolution against authority is never God’s plan and is never justified by the word of God.
Aristotle wrote “Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equals,and equals revolt that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolution.
Korah’s rebellion Numbers 16 and Jude 11
The French Revolution of 1789 and the Russian Revolution of 1917 were mob violence used to overthrow established authority. The result was whatever evil existed was replaced by a worse evil.
The American Revolution of 1775 was not a revolution but an attempt to get representation for the taxation and to secure individual freedoms for citizens (ie: from the Church of England)
Personal Problem Solving Devices
Confession of Sin and Fellowship with God (1 John 1:9)
Faith and trust in God’s Promises (Heb.4:1-3)
Application of Grace in your life (2 Cor.12:5-10)
Understanding of God’s Word and Application of Wisdom
Realization of Destiny in God’s plan for you.
Cycles of National Discipline
War in your land
Do not worry about the symptom of the problem.
Take care of the disease, which is losing focus on God.
Failure to Fight for Nation
“If you fail to do this (go to war), you will be sinning
against the Lord” Numbers 32:23
They cause discouragement in those who go to battle (Numbers 32:6,7)
Israelite children had learned pacifism from their fathers in Numbers 32:8,9 when they listened to the 10 spies.
God becomes angry with those who refuse to fight and defend their nation (Numbers 32:10)
The choice not to fight is called sin. (Num. 32:23)
Turn the Other Cheek
Matthew 5:39 is in context speaking about your testimony to the world. We are not to kill or attack to spread our faith. Evangelism is not a “holy war.”
Luke 22:36 Jesus tells the disciples to take a sword along with them on their journeys for protection
Luke 11:21 Jesus speaks of protecting your home, “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he . . .divides up the spoils.”
National Freedom can only come and remain through military victory. When Jesus returns to establish his 1000 year reign of peace it is established with a military victory. See Nehemiah 4:6-14
“I was heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.
With justice he judges and makes war.” Revelation 19:11
Based on the verse above there is such a thing as a “holy war.” We would call it a “righteous war”. A more exact term might be a “moral war.” Jesus will make war in righteousness while being called “faithful” to God’s plan and in line with the “truth” of the Word of God.
1) It is moral to defend your nation from brutal people who wish to:
a) enslave your citizens
b) remove basic freedoms from your people
- worship of their God
- pursuit of their moral purposes in life
2) It is moral to destroy a form of government that oppresses people and plans to spread their oppression through out the world.
The Commandment “Though shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13)
This does not mean that it is a sin for men to kill other men when called on in war or in the administration of governmental justice (Romans 13:1-7) In the same book of Exodus the law of Moses tells when it is proper to “kill”. The word “kill” in the ten commandments is one of several words for “kill” in the Hebrew language. In Exodus 20:13 “kill” refers to “murder” or the shedding of innocent blood as mentioned in Proverbs 6:17.
Exodus 22:2 if a thief is caught and killed by the home owner it is not murder. It is acceptable in certain circumstances.
Exodus 21:23 the government is to take life for life. (Notice it is the government, and not individuals.)
Exodus 21:12 “Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death. . .take him away from ,y altar and put him to death.”
“Though shalt not kill” does not refer to all killing but refers to murder.
Jesus refers to the governments responsibility of capital punishment of criminals when Peter engaged in criminal activity and cut off a man’s ear. Jesus said, “If you live by the sword (meaning to live as a criminal), you will die by the sword (meaning you will face the judgment of the government, or capital punishment.)”
In Acts 25:11 Paul recognizes the governments right to capital punishment when he tells the gentile judicial system, “If I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die.”
We need to be righteous to save our nation
We need to crush our enemies to save our nation