The recent saga with the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts is strong evidence that the church in America is under God’s judgment. These RFRAs do nothing more than require that the government, in court, prove that a law that impacts a person’s First Amendment rights is substantially necessary. However, tens of millions of professing Christians are fleeing from a tiny minority of Americans because we are scared we will lose our things, our reputation, or our comforts and convenience. Our government officials are folding, but don’t just blame them, the church, for the most part, has folded too.
What’s ironic is that so many professing Christians think that America is being judged because of non-believers’ sin. NO—judgment starts in the house of the Lord. God starts judgment when His people stop following Him exclusively and start following other gods, like materialism, entertainment, and convenience. It started in the house of the Lord in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, Peter says it will start there too. The substantial majority of pastors aren’t going to say that though.
In Isaiah, a book where God sends a prophet to explicitly tell His people they are under judgment, God says, “One thousand will flee at the threat of one man; you will flee at the threat of five . . .” Is. 30:17. Isn’t this precisely what happened, and is happing, across the country with these RFRA’s? We are wholly retreating from the most important amendment to our Constitution because a few people threaten us. Be clear, these RFRA’s are not going to save America, but they show so clearly that the church, for the most part, is not willing to fight.
Isaiah 30:17 is not Scripture in a vacuum; in other books God explicitly says that this is a sign of judgment and says the converse is a sign of blessing.
In Deuteronomy Chapter 28, God states the blessings of obedience and the consequences of disobedience. When God’s people are being obedient to the Lord– “The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways.” Deut 28:7.
However, when God’s people (not unbelievers) play the harlot and serve other gods, “The Lord shall cause you to be defeated before your enemies, you will go out one way against them, but you will flee seven ways before them . . . .” Deut. 28:25.
And God demonstrates these contrasting blessings and consequences in Joshua and Isaiah. Joshua, a man that was tremendously obedient to God, told his people that if they cling to the Lord, “One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you.” Josh. 23:10. And then of course in Isaiah, God says the exact opposite when the Israelites are disobedient—“one thousand [believers] will flee at the threat of one man [non-believer]. . . .”
The American church is under God’s judgment. Repentance for our harlotry and serving other Gods is the only solution. It’s not the non-believers’ fault America looks this way; it’s the church’s fault.