Hey, America: If the Shoe Fits …

Posted on March 11, 2019

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By David Ettinger

Feeling Guilt Pangs
Years ago, my pastor told me that one of the more fascinating aspects of his ministry came following powerful sermons. He said, “It’s amazing how many people come to me and say, ‘Wow, pastor, it’s as if you knew all my secrets. It’s as if your message was specifically for me.’”

My pastor told me that most of these were the finest of the flock and that he in no way had them in mind. He added, “But if they felt moved, and even guilty, by my message, perhaps there is something going on with them [regarding sin]. If the shoe fits …”

Case in Point
The same holds true for the Bible, particularly the Old Testament. Context is always crucial to understanding the Bible, and when God addresses ancient Israel, we must recognize this fact foremost. However, if what God spoke to Israel centuries ago can be applied to the 21st century, well, if the shoe fits, then so be it.

Case in point, Isaiah 1:4-6. Yes, God directed this scathing rebuke to the wayward people of Judah, but can any believer read this and not see America “written all over it”?

Alas, sinful nation, People weighed down with iniquity, Offspring of evildoers, Sons who act corruptly! They have abandoned the LORD, They have despised the Holy One of Israel, They have turned away from Him. Where will you be stricken again, As you continue in your rebellion? The whole head is sick And the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head There is nothing sound in it, Only bruises, welts and raw wounds, Not pressed out or bandaged, Nor softened with oil.

Yes, there are larger pockets of believers (by percentage) in America than there were in ancient Israel at the time God’s stinging rebuff, but the indictments are spot-on.

Some believe that America’s growing godlessness and apostasy is exclusively the work of our political leaders, but this is foolishness. A nation’s leaders reflect their people’s beliefs, and what we’re seeing being elected to the Congress and Senate is a tragic illustration of where we stand as a people, and more frighteningly, where we are heading.

More and more of America’s leaders are reflecting the people’s growing progression toward socialism, anti-Semitism, murder (the horrid abortion laws being passed), rampant liberalism, and Bible/Christian-hating inclinations.

We are indeed a “sinful nation, People weighed down with iniquity.”

God’s Plea
And though the “shoe” of Isaiah 1:4-6 “fits” America much too snugly, there is also this nugget from the same chapter which gives us a ray of hope. God, in His goodness, graciousness, and patience, offers America – and to all nations – this caveat:

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. “If you consent and obey, You will eat the best of the land; “But if you refuse and rebel, You will be devoured by the sword.” Truly, the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

The Lord has indeed spoken. Our God is a reasonable God, and to reasonable men and women what He says makes sense. “Yes, America, you are plunged in sin now,” He in essence says, “but if you are willing to obey Me and accept the means I have provided for your salvation, than I will joyfully give it to you.”

Are there any takers? Are there any reasonable men and women left? Has America’s day passed? I think so. Isaiah 1:4-6 is a shoe that fits America perfectly, and this is a tragedy of epic proportions.