The story of Jonah preaching in Nineveh gave me some thoughts about America:
Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. (Jon. 3.4–5)
What would happen if someone said the same about America today, that it would be overthrown in forty days? People who heard would scoff and say, “Of course that won’t happen, because we’re the most powerful nation on earth.”
Such is our arrogance as a nation before God. We ignore the least among us, always expecting someone else to concern himself about it. We continually defy God in the way we create public policy and make money and have sex. We say in our hearts, “There is no God relevant to me, except when I feel like it.”
Or if we don’t quite believe that we tell ourselves that God would never judge the nation, because somehow He’s now become a pussy “nice” God who will be tolerant and support progressive taxation and everything else “progressive” in token advocacy of the poor. He’s so much more than that, and He calls us to better ways, ways that are better than mere feel-goodism.