“Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit” (Jeremiah 2:11).
Jeremiah, called by God to be a prophet to the nation of Judah, is often called “the weeping prophet” because of his impassioned pleas to his people and their leaders to repent, repeatedly warning them of severe judgment and exile if they did not. For over 40 years, Judah was oppressed and repeatedly plundered by Babylon. Jeremiah tried in vain to call the Jewish people to turn away from idolatry and return to God. In desperation, and in behalf of God, the weeping prophet cried out to his people:
“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water… But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah… Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number” (Jeremiah 2:13, 28, 32).
What a pity! In spite of his preaching, Jeremiah was not able to save his people from the hands of the Babylonians. Thus began the 70 years of captivity and exile, and the destruction of Jerusalem.
Look at our nation today. America is showing signs characteristic to Judah before the Babylonian captivity. We have forgotten God and we have forsaken God as a nation. Our leaders are forsaking God. Our highest judicial office is forsaking God. Our educational system is forsaking God. Sadly, some churches, pastors, and professing Christians are forsaking God! America has rejected her Judeo-Christian heritage and the God of the Bible, becoming not only non-Christian, but in many areas actually anti-Christian. Abortion, sexual immorality, and a host of other sins are held up as normal, even desirable.
The Bible declares, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
Edward Gibbon, the eminent British historian in his monumental work, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, asked the question of why Rome fell. His own conclusion was that in addition to time decay, foreign encroachment, and overspending, a major reason was moral corruption and conflicts within the Empire itself. Sounds a lot like America today!
America’s only hope to be saved from destruction is to return to God. The God of love and righteousness is calling. He is calling America to return to Him. Will we listen, or will we go on in our stubbornness and face judgment like so many other nations, and even Judah herself? Oh, America, America, return to the God of the Bible before it is too late!
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…” (Psalm 33:12a).