G-d is the the King of Heaven and Earth, of Believers and unbelievers. In Ezra we see an Earthly leader, King Cyrus, who is not Jewish, acknowledging and submitting to G-d. Additionally, as I pointed out, the people of Nineveh and their leader, as recorded in Jonah 3:5-8, acknowledged the LORD our G-d:
So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
And there is King Nebuchadnezzar, who brought some of the Jews to Babylon. He had some trials and tribulations in coming to the following conclusion (Daniel 4:37): “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”
The opposite is seen in Pharaoh, to whom Moses appealed on behave of G-d, “Let My people Go.” Pharaoh is one who failed to submit to G-d. He was a rebellious leader. He paid the price for his arrogance and rebellion, too.
What about today? Do we see modern leaders actively acknowledging G-d, our G-d, and submitting to Him? Sadly, I can think of no one country in which the leadership submits to G-d. Have I missed such such a country? There is talk, sure. But submission? The proof is in the putting forth of G-d’s agenda, not man’s.
There are, however, many countries with rebellious leaders. In North Korea, for instance, the king is considered god. When he died, his son became king in his place, and is due worship also. The North Korean policies are not favorable to Christianity (an understatement), therefore the leadership is in rebellion to G-d. There are 50 something countries in which the Gospel of Y’shuaJesus is restricted—in which Christianity is restricted and the messengers of the Gospel of Messiah are persecuted, murdered. The leadership of these countries is in rebellion to our G-d. There are many more countries that, while permitting Christian churches to exist, have laws that call quoting from the Bible a “Hate Crime.” Um, I guess that make them restricted countries, too. Australia and Canada are two such countries. And if some of the leaders in America have their way, the United States will also adopt such restrictive legislation.
There are leaders in countries that speak as if they submit to G-d, but their actions belie this. Some leaders say they are Christian, yet demonstrate through words and actions that they are in rebellion to G-d. One cannot, for instance, support various activities expressly forbidden by G-d, and actually be a Christian. One cannot, as a political leader, advocate for homosexuality, and turn to Christian ministers for their support in an upcoming election. But Paul, in his letter to the Romans (1:21) wrote: “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
Given the darkening the minds taking place in our topsy-turvy world in which we live, a national leader can advocate that which is contrary to the Bible, and can ask Christian ministers to support him in his re-election. Here, in America, the President, the central figurehead representing the American people, has announced that he supports marriage between people of the same gender. He is pictured on Newsweek magazine with a rainbow-colored halo over his head. The caption under the photo implies the president is homosexual: “The First Gay President.” I infer from the photo that Newsweek feels the presidential support for same-sex marriage is saintly—that the president is a somehow divine. If President Obama is re-elected in November, it means that a majority of Americans support homosexual unions. According to the Bible, homosexual practices are forbidden. This would place America in rebellion to G-d. How long shall a rebellious nation continue before bringing upon itself the wrath of a merciful G-d?
Given all that is happening, how come I continue to see signs in front of churches proclaiming “God Bless America”? Perhaps we should be more like Ezra, and tear our clothing, fall upon the ground, and bewail our current, sad, state of affairs (Ezra 10:1). Perhaps then G-d might have mercy upon us, that we might actually find His blessings.
As the slogan for a nearby church declares, “There’s Hope!” Perhaps, like Nineveh, leaders and people will reconsider their allegiance, acknowledge the the LORD of ALL, and turn away from practices contrary to scripture. Perhaps then the wrath of a merciful G-d shall be turned away.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine upon you who take Him seriously. . .