Is America the new Promised Land? Was it founded by God to further Christian values? I am hearing a lot of talk about that recently, as the political climate is changing.
I have often heard people try to establish this as a fact. Glenn Beck is greatly influential in promulgating this idea–that our founding fathers were all men of faith, filled with the Holy Spirit, and creating a New Jerusalem. He has his favorite “historian” David Barton team up with him to “prove” with historical documents that our founding fathers were heroes on the level with Abraham and Moses.
This is all a lie.
YES, there were many pilgrims who came to this country to find religious freedom. And praise God they found it here! America has always historically been a place where Christians have lived and flourished. Christians have had great influence on the development of our country. But then the enlightenment happened.
Our founding fathers lived during the Age of Reason. And yes, they were brilliant men who gave us probably the healthiest form of government in the fallen world. But to say that they were all men of God is a flat out lie. And I resent David Barton and Glenn Beck for trying to paint it otherwise. Shame on them. But we Christians want to believe this portrait of history, because then we can believe that we can vote a Christian President into the office and regulate morality and legislate spirituality.
So Christians listen to them and vote Republican, for the Lord. Voting for a Mormon (pagan) candidate, who flip flopped REPEATEDLY on the issue of abortion, gay marriage, government health care, taxes, etc. And Christians really trusted this pagan RINO to be the better choice, the godlier choice. “He is better than Obama.”
He is still a puppet. He is not the conservative leader we hoped for anyways.
But it is not really any different today than it was 200 years ago. If you are at all interested in the truth of the faith of our founders, and how David Barton has knowingly deceived well meaning Christian voters for political reasons, check out the video The Hidden Faith of Our Founding Fathers, by Chris Pinto.
BUT Has America Become The New Promised Land?
Where does this idea come from?
Well, it is a Mormon belief. Isn’t it interesting that it was introduced to mainstream Christianity by a very “relatable” Mormon? Mr. Glenn Beck is only transferring Mormon ideals to mainstream America. And he used Biblical terms and the conservative buys it; Christians buy it in bulk.
Here are some quotes from the thirteenth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ezra Taft Benson.
The Lord has also decreed that this land should be “the place of the new Jerusalem, which should come down out of heaven, and the holy sanctuary of the Lord.” (Ether 13:3.) Here is our nation’s destiny! To serve God’s eternal purposes and to prepare this land and the people for America’s eventual destiny, He “established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom [He] raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.” (D&C 101:80.)
It is a part of my religious belief that America is a land choice above all others, that we are not just another of the family of nations, but that we have been singled out to perform a divine mission for liberty-loving people everywhere. Those who founded this republic were wise men raised up by our Father in heaven to perform that very task, and the Constitution of this land was inspired by God. We have a divine duty — even a destiny — to preserve that Constitution from destruction and hold it aloft to the world.
Mormon Harold B. Lee said,
I have faith in the future of this promised land of America and in its institutions of representative government, but more than that, I have faith in you, the youth of America, to build even more securely on the foundations laid by the faith and devotion of your pioneer fathers. That you as the youth of the Church would have an important part to play in preserving the ideals of this great country as quoted by one who was very close to him. I quote the words of Eliza R. Snow: “I heard the Prophet Joseph Smith say ‘that the time would come when this nation would so far depart from its original purity, its glory, and its love of freedom and the protection of civil and religious rights, that the Constitution of our country would hang, as it were, by a thread.’ He also said that this people, the sons of Zion, would rise up and save the Constitution and bear it off triumphantly.” (Eliza R. Snow, 1870, Women of Mormondom by Tullidge.)
This is apparently a very well known Mormon belief. In fact Mitt Romney was even asked this question in a news interview and he deferred comment on this issue to the Mormon church. Basically saying, “Aaah, you will have to ask the church about that . . .”
Have other non-Mormon leaders picked up on this idea? Well Ronald Reagan stated something to the effect of it. He said, “I, in my own mind, have always thought of America as a place in the divine scheme of things that was set aside as a promised land.”
Yet, there is a big difference between using the symbol of a promised land in speech, than it actually being a serious spiritual belief. I would guarantee that Reagan used it in a poetic sense, unlike those who consistently use it to combine religion with politics.
VOTE YOUR FAITH
Vote according to your faith, absolutely! Vote against abortion, vote against immorality, etc. Vote for the guy who will protect your religious liberties and best represent your values. YES!!! Absolutely.
But tell Glenn Beck “NO!” when he gathers a group of ministers into his creepy Black Robe Regiment, and has his rally’s for Spiritual/Political Awakening, and when he stands up for a group of evangelicals and PRAYS and PREACHES the word of God to us. Telling us it is a religious duty to vote for a Mormon president. He is not our spiritual leader.
There is a difference.
And there has been confusion.
In our zeal and ignorance we have teamed up with a pagan, to bring about a spiritual revival through politics. It can’t work.
What Does the Bible Say About America?
Nothing . . . Well, some people have made a case for it being the daughter of Babylon. In the days of sexual insanity and government sanctioned infanticide . . . I digress.
America is not mentioned in Scripture. I think because it is a melting pot. In the Bible nations are grouped in people groups, nations, tribes, etc. We may be Americans, but we are STILL either Latin Americans, European Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, Arabic Americans, etc. We still retain our blood. But that is just ONE opinion. And I am no theologian.
Regardless, America is NOT the New Promised Land.
King David says,
And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods? 2 Samuel 7:23
Where does God come down and make a land covenant with George Washington like He did with Abraham?–Genesis 15.
What Does God Think Of America?
Well, I do not want to speak for God so I will use His word.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! Psalm 33:12
and . . .
For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; those nations shall be utterly laid waste. Isaiah 60:12
We are just like any other nation. We can be blessed by God through our faith in Him and our obedience to His commands. Or we will be destroyed by our refusal to serve Him.
The Lord is very much interested and involved in the course of all the nations. Remember how much He cared for Nineveh. He sent her a prophet when she deserved judgment. They heard His word and repented. He blessed them.
We may not be the Promised Land, but we have the same opportunity as Nineveh. Hopefully we do not chose the same fate as Sodom. But we don’t need laws to prevent this, we need God’s Spirit to change hearts.
Our National Identity
But we need to be reminded that our national identity is not as important as our true citizenship in heaven.
We need to focus less on patriotism and more on evangelism.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:18-19
It doesn’t matter who is in office or what laws are made or erased–God is on the Highest Throne. He is the Judge Most High. His church exists in all nations–whether it is legal or not.
We cannot legislate a revival, and they cannot outlaw our walk with God.
There is hope.
There is always hope.
We also have a heavenly hope.
A New Jerusalem waiting for us.
That is the promised land before us.
And to try to build that kingdom here,
with a human leader is just idolatry.