Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. John 18:36 NIV
Looking for political ways to address a nation’s moral issues is futile.
Without a miraculous change of moral character from within – without countless individuals turning to Jesus, no nation will ever be changed. Legislation or any other political means will not, and cannot achieve it.
If we look at the first chapter of Romans, we see that moral decline in any society comes about through rejection of God. Then, because of mankind’s rejection of God, God gives mankind over to the many perversions that we often think of as things that will bring God’s judgement on our nations.
Therefore, it seems to me that we’ve misunderstood what’s happening in our world. For example, instead of society’s increased acceptance of sexual perversion being something that will lead TO God’s judgement on our nations, they are actually an expression OF God’s judgement.
See Romans 1: 18-32 and note the statements “Therefore God also gave them up to…”, and “God gave them over to…”, which describe God acting to reinforce humanity’s sin.
This is very much in line with 2 Thess 2: 11-12, in which God will send a strong delusion to people who “did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
That strong delusion will make them believe the lie – effectively reinforcing the choices already made.
Nations already under God’s judgement will never be turned around through any political process, so we should stop supporting political ideologies in the hope that they will effect righteous change.
God is not working politically to make our nations more godly (or even “great again”). They have been given over to the sin they have chosen instead of Him. They are increasing in darkness as a result, giving a clear contrast with the light of God.
Those desiring the light will be drawn to the light of the world. We need to be ready to welcome them with the gospel.
As ambassadors of Christ we are not commissioned to improve the worldly nations in which we live.
It is our job to help its citizens migrate from the kingdoms of this world into God’s Kingdom, reconciling them with God. Only through significant numbers making that change of allegiance, could there ever be the possibility of nation being brought back from the judgement already on it.
But apart from Israel, does scripture give an indication that any other nation will travel that route of “revival”?
Maybe we need to ask ourselves why the desire for revival in our nations?
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 1 John 2:15 NIV
And what motivates that desire when scripture continually tells us to expect persecution in this world, not national acceptance.
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matt 10:22 NIV
Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. Matt 24:9 NIV
If those predictions have never had some kind of fulfillment in our lives (and I confess they haven’t in mine – apart from some small incidents a few decades ago) then perhaps we should ask ourselves what we’ve been doing wrong – or maybe more appropriately, what we HAVEN’T been doing right, that would attract that kind of attention.