Is America the New Promised Land?

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 He has his favorite “historian” David Barton team up with him to “prove” with historical documents that our founding fathers were heroes on the level with Abraham and Moses.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.

The Black Robe Regiment at Glenn Becks Restoring Honor Rally 2010

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.

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5 Responses to Is America the New Promised Land?

  1. Faye Salomone says:

    I was interested in your article about Roma Downey and her series on the Bible. I’m a strong Christian and found your article bombastic from the being but lost all interest when you used mis-information to attack the Catholic church (of which I am not a member). It is not a bead “necklace.” It’s called a rosary. It consists of sections of beads which are used to keep track of the number of prayers said. Yes, the sets of beads are devoted to prayers to the Virgin Mary. The bead between each set of 10 beads is a reminder to say the Lord’s Prayer, you know, the one Jesus gave the apostles. Your credibility is gone. Not only will I not read your articles I will spread the word to my Christian friends. Oh you’re right. God tells us not to judge.. At all. Discernment is fine.

    • Actually, I never said anything about the Catholic church. I quoted someone else’s words who were discussing Downey’s blending of the occult and necromancy with the unbiblical practice of praying the Rosary. I am sorry that you are so angry with me. But I do agree, that praying the Rosary is not a Biblical practice.

    • L. Davis says:

      Prayer is so vital, key to every believer’s spiritual growth and preservation. Our Heavenly Father did teach his disciples of all ages how to pray, and he also gave some key insights and instructions in the Psalms and the epistles as well as the four Gospels on prayer.

      First, we are not to use vain repetitions; second, we are not to bow down to idols in prayer; third we are to address our Heavenly Father and not any other in prayer; next, we are to do so in the name of Jesus, God’s only begotten Son; and ever more importantly, we are to rely upon the Holy Spirit to grant us the utterance in prayer, so that we ask not amiss. He will impress upon our hearts the words to say to the Father. We don’t need a rosary to remind us to pray a particular pray, we need faith and the Holy Spirit’s leading us to pray without ceasing.

      God’s house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations, but the Temple was not the only place where Jesus prayed. Recall, that he calls our bodies the “Temple of the Holy Ghost”: thus scripture reveals that at any time, any place, and from any position ( standing, reclining in bed, kneeling, sitting, walking…) we can and should pray watchfully: instant in and out of season ( at appointed an unappointed times of prayer). It is to be fervent, continual, and uttered with the whole heart.

      Scripture warns that we will not be heard just because of our “much speaking”: sometimes prayer is a single word, “Jesus”, when we utter in faith with understanding all that his name empowers and embodies. You don’t need prayer beads for that: just simple faith. We are instructed to keep to the simplicity of the gospel.

      The idea of a rosary may seem comforting to those who feel they don’t know how to or what to pray, but it is NOT Biblical. “Wise men still follow Him”: it is imperative we follow/emulate Jesus and not man. Different religions use a type of prayer bead, to indulge in repetitions, as if God has a hearing or memory challenge. Many religions ritualize prayer, but that is not what prayer is.

      Jesus when he prayed, first thanked the Father in heaven saying, “Father, I thank thee that thou away hear me when I pray…”; he understood the faithfulness of and love of the Father to have already anticipated his need, but Christ showed his humility and faith in asking any way; thus we need not ritualize prayer, but understand its importance spiritually without all the weirdness. Prayer is communing with God; you know like Adam did with God in the garden before he fell into sin; it is looking to God to supply all our needs (physical, spiritual, emotional…). It is an expectation that he hears and will answer according to His will. It is our show of confidence in God and our reliance upon him. You don’t need a rosary for that.

      We cannot regard iniquity in our hearts when we pray, or God will not here us no matter how many times we repeat a prayer. We must forgive others as a condition for our prayers being answered in our favor, and we must believe on him whom God has sent. You don’t need a rosary or any other kind of prayer bead for that. Study the Holy Bible to show your self approved of God, and forget vain traditions and repetitions is my best advise to all; that’s what I’m striving to do, thus striving to enter in at the straight and narrow gate. Spoken with loving concern.

    • L. Davis says:

      Prayer is so vital, key to every believer’s spiritual growth and preservation. Our Heavenly Father did teach his disciples of all ages how to pray, and he also gave some key insights and instructions in the Psalms and the epistles as well as the four Gospels on prayer.

      First, we are not to use vain repetitions; second, we are not to bow down to idols in prayer; third we are to address our Heavenly Father and not any other in prayer; next, we are to do so in the name of Jesus, God’s only begotten Son; and ever more importantly, we are to rely upon the Holy Spirit to grant us the utterance in prayer, so that we ask not amiss. He will impress upon our hearts the words to say to the Father. We don’t need a rosary to remind us to pray a particular pray, we need faith and the Holy Spirit’s leading us to pray without ceasing.

      God’s house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations, but the Temple was not the only place where Jesus prayed. Recall, that he calls our bodies the “Temple of the Holy Ghost”: thus scripture reveals that at any time, any place, and from any position ( standing, reclining in bed, kneeling, sitting, walking…) we can and should pray watchfully: instant in and out of season ( at appointed an unappointed times of prayer). It is to be fervent, continual, and uttered with the whole heart.

      Scripture warns that we will not be heard just because of our “much speaking”: sometimes prayer is a single word, “Jesus”, when we utter in faith with understanding all that his name empowers and embodies. You don’t need prayer beads for that: just simple faith. We are instructed to keep to the simplicity of the gospel.

      The idea of a rosary may seem comforting to those who feel they don’t know how to or what to pray, but it is NOT Biblical. “Wise men still follow Him”: it is imperative we follow/emulate Jesus and not man. Different religions use a type of prayer bead, to indulge in repetitions, as if God has a hearing or memory challenge. Many religions ritualize prayer, but that is not what prayer is.

      Jesus when he prayed, first thanked the Father in heaven saying, “Father, I thank thee that thou away hear me when I pray…”; he understood the faithfulness of and love of the Father to have already anticipated his need, but Christ showed his humility and faith in asking any way; thus we need not ritualize prayer, but understand its importance spiritually without all the weirdness. Prayer is communing with God; you know like Adam did with God in the garden before he fell into sin; it is looking to God to supply all our needs (physical, spiritual, emotional…). It is an expectation that he hears and will answer according to His will. It is our show of confidence in God and our reliance upon him. You don’t need a rosary for that.

      We cannot regard iniquity in our hearts when we pray, or God will not hear us no matter how many times we repeat a prayer. We must forgive others as a condition for our prayers being answered in our favor, and we must believe on him whom God has sent. You don’t need a rosary or any other kind of prayer bead for that. Study the Holy Bible to show your self approved of God, and forget vain traditions and repetitions is my best advise to all; that’s what I’m striving to do, thus striving to enter in at the straight and narrow gate. Spoken with loving concern.

  2. I always kind of objected to that sort of thinking, too. It feels more like America is actually a PERVERSION of the Promised Land. Let me elaborate:

    1. The country’s early leaders were deist/Freemasonic, as is some of the imagery in Washington D.C.’s architecture. On the contrast, the important-buildings imagery and early leaders of Israel were all of God.

    2. Israel was given a MANDATE to essentially be that part of the world’s policeman; and, as far as we know, America HASN’T.

    3. If you read such obscure passages such as Deuteronomy 32 and Nehemiah 9:25, you will find that Israel had what we would call an “obesity epidemic.” However, of you read those and other texts concerning the actual DIET that they consumed, it is one of the healthiest possible. On the other hand, the SAD, which has caused our country’s “epidemic,” is the UNHEALTHIEST diet possible.

    4. Also, Israel was made up of 12 tribes, with one of them being divided up into two groups. 12, if I understand my Christian symbolism well enough, is a divine symbol of completeness. However, America originally had 13 colonies making up its total sum. The number 13 is often associated with the Devil, bad luck, evil, etc. (It is also interesting to notice that Halloween, which is October 31, has 13 backwards in its date.)

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