AMERICA’S MELANCHOLY

“How melancholy does the face of our Earth appear when we reflect on the reign of Satan on it, on the influence of the dragon and the beast and the false prophet [of Revelation].” (Philip Doddridge, in Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)


I wonder what the Reverend Doddridge would have to say about the state of affairs in the colonies today. I believe he would choose a stronger adjective. But the same Sovereign, Immutable God of Puritan England still reigns with the same plan He put in place before the world began. Therein lies my assured hope and comfort in the current chaos.

The Holy Spirit, speaking through the Apostle Paul to the Romans (13:1) in the days of Nero, said, Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” The same Triune God who instituted Nero’s horrendously evil reign also establishes twenty-first century US presidents. He knows exhaustively the depths of depravity, corruption and lust for power that reside in the fallen human heart. Two millennia after Paul wrote those words, the greatest nation on earth has survived for an unprecedented two-and-a-half centuries in spite of multimillions of such fallen creatures battling one another to govern themselves—an ongoing miracle of God’s Amazing Grace. But Grace is given, not earned, or America would not exist as a Nation. When it suits His incomprehensible purposes He can withdraw it. The Old Testament is replete with examples of Israel’s divine judgements, and it was abundantly clear they deserved it. Our national and personal transgressions are of the same magnitude as ancient Israel … or greater.

Whether we are facing the beginning of the end times prophesied in Revelation, or another dose of well-deserved Divine judgment, I reside securely in the palm of His hand (John 10:28) in this brief pilgrimage through time. With such security I’m just going to let my little light shine in the gathering darkness until that time, in the city of God, when “night will be no more” and the sun will not be needed, “as the Lord God will be their light” (Rev. 22:5). 

So we do not lose heart… this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

See you in church.

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