A brief post on what Russell Moore teaches about how 2 Chronicles 7:14 does not apply to the United States. I have never understood this issue as there has never been a covenant between God and the United States. This are my thoughts and I have included Moore’s article for people to read and reflect upon.
“But the fact is 2 Chronicles 7:14 isn’t talking about America or national identity or some generic sense of “revival.” To apply the verse this way is, whatever one’s political ideology, theological liberalism.”
“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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
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This is a post that I have been wanting to do for a while, as this is a topic that absolutely has baffled me. Let me state that I disagree with Moore on a number of things, but when it comes to the culture wars I find myself agreeing with him quite often. For many years in my evangelical life I have often heard that the United States needs to turn back to God and return back to its roots. I believed it at first but as time went on and I connected the dots I had a lot of problems and concerns. Then my faith crisis hit and then I had that Sovereign Grace situation which also hit me after that situation. Today there are many concerns that I have had about the practice of civil religion and evangelicals have embraced it warmly in the past year. But I have always been baffled as to how evangelical Christians use 2 Chronicles 7:14, often out of context. Russell Moore has a great post called “2 Chronicles 7:14 Isn’t About American Politics.” In that post Russell Moore explores many of those issues and writes a response. I’ll let you read the article and then respond below. But let me explain the issues with 2 Chronicles 7:14 that I do not understand.
I do not understand why some evangelical Christians believe that there is a covenant between God and the United States. To those who espouse that I ask the following…have you read your Bible? The covenant is between God and Israel if I remember correctly. There has never been, nor will there ever be a covenant between God and the United States.
I do not understand why some evangelicals feel like they have to return to the old covenant in the Old Testament. Is Jesus’s death at Calvary not enough? Evangelicals often teach that we now live under a covenant of grace and that the covenant of the Old Testament has been fulfilled. If Jesus is representative of the new covenant why do some want to go back to the old covenant?
I do not understand what evangelicals mean when they say go back to the “good old days.” What are the good old days? Rosa Parks sitting on the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama? Women being raped and told to endure it and child sex abuse being more hush, hush…. Days when there wasn’t a polio vaccine and there were more health issues than today? Why do evangelicals have this obsession with the 1950’s “Leave it to Beaver” type of life. I look at evangelicals obsession with the 1950’s to be a form of spiritual pornography. Nothing but fantasy and not grounded in reality. Plus it also raises other issues as well. What about the evangelical Christian faith in the 19th century? Does that count or is that good enough? Why this obsession with the 1950’s?
The United States has never been a Christian nation. I wrote about that in “The United States is Not a Christian Nation, Lets Address This False Claim; Plus Bill Maher on Evangelical Christians and Hypocrisy.” The founding fathers wisely established a separation of church and state which has been good for both the government and the church. When I hear evangelicals speak about how the United States is a Christian nation I am baffled. How would many evangelicals survive or persevere in Rome or Greece. This has always had me baffled.
This is a short post but its one that I have been meaning to do for sometime. Feel free to share your thoughts and get them off your chest. As always guys I love you.