‘Lord, Please Have Mercy on Our Land’

Posted on July 2, 2020


By David Ettinger

Didn’t Sit Right
The title of this post is a comment to a blog on how Christians must band together in prayer as never before. I agree both with this premise, and also the comment to it.

However, in my usual skeptical way, I just couldn’t let the comment go at that, choosing instead to chew on it for a while as it just didn’t sit right with me. I mean, yes, I understand the desperateness of the plea for God’s mercy, but can’ help wondering if mercy on the United States still coincides with God’s will.

Merciful, Yes, But …
Just to be clear, the answer to the question, “Is God being merciful to the U.S. right now?” is a resounding “Yes!” Of course things have drastically changed and are changing, but for the most part, life for many of us is relatively comfortable compared to the woes suffered throughout the globe.

Regarding Covid-19, though a single death is one too many, the death rate is relatively small compared to our population. Furthermore, though unemployment has increased, we’re not at a point of pervasive poverty or starvation. Also, since 9-11 we haven’t had any major attacks on our nation. The U.S. has continued along its way of contented living almost unhindered, and though we’re reeling now, we’re still far better off than just about every nation on Planet Earth.

And make no mistake about it: This is all because we live in the bountiful shadow of our merciful and unfathomably good God.

However, we’ve got to keep in mind that the times in which we live are unprecedented, and the evil we are witnessing is frightfully real and satanic. And most frightful of all is that this satanic evil is gaining a foothold on “civilized” society, with those who should be condemning it now embracing and even welcoming it.

I believe we are drawing ever nearer to the end of the age and the return of Christ. As such, the days will grow far more evil and unwieldy as our God of mercy will withhold His mercy more and more.

But Why?
But why will God withhold His mercy upon the U.S.? The U.S. has been the most blessed nation in history. There are three reasons for this. The first is that we were founded on Judeo-Christian ethics. The second is that more missionaries have gone out from our shores than from any other country. And third has been our support for Israel.

However, two of these cornerstones are crumbling. The most obvious is the first – our Judeo-Christian foundation. The immorality which plagues our nation is ghastly and getting worse by the day. In line with this is our growing abhorrence, ridicule, and rejection of God. For too long we have been telling God to go away, and He is listening. “You want me out of the picture,” He tells us, “well then, look around. This is what you get. And it will get far worse than this.”

Regarding cornerstone number 2, the missionaries we send out, I believe we are still strong in this department. However, cornerstone number 3, our support of Israel, is where I believe the U.S. will soon turn the corner; come the next president we’ll turn our back on Israel. Scripture indicates that Israel will one day be abandoned as the nations of the world will attack her (Zechariah 14:2). We’ll be one of those nations.

The toxicity of these realities are causing God to withdraw His mercy upon our land, albeit slowly. So, to the dear commenter’s request, “Lord, please have mercy on our land,” I concur. However, our “land” – that is, the people of our land – are proving themselves unworthy of God’s mercy as He withdraws more and more of it by the day.

May all who love the Lord Jesus be adamant in sharing with this dying world the way to eternal life – before His mercy expires!