The Bible contains numerous examples of God promising blessings to faithful nations and withholding blessings from unfaithful nations. Governments that set legislation in line with the moral standard of God can expect to prosper in many ways. Conversely, governments that set legislation that directly oppose the moral standard of God can expect to suffer consequences and judgment. The purpose of this article is to see how this relates to the UK – is it time to repent?
The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. (Psalm 9:15-20, emphasis added)
Is God interested in conduct at National level?
Many passages from the Bible reveal that God casts judgment on nations that ignore or abandon Him. Paul warns in his first letter to the Corinthians that events that happened in the Old Testament serve as an example or warning for believers in Christ:
Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. (1 Corinthians 10:11)
Even from our human perspective, this makes sense and seems fair. If God is willing to bless a nation that sets its laws in accordance with His moral law, it is logical to assume His blessings are removed when that nation replaces Godly moral governance with laws that contradict and insult the holy nature of God. Why should God shower blessings on unrepentant nations (or individuals)? God uses the nation Israel as an example for His holiness to be displayed for surrounding nations. When Israel were obedient, they were greatly blessed – when they were disobedient, they were cursed. This is laid out very clearly in Deuteronomy chapters 28-30.
It is true that we currently live in an age of grace and mankinds salvation is dependant on His/Her own admission/repentance of sin and acceptance of Christ as Saviour. However, from an international perspective, nations rise and fall and the Bible shows God takes a strong interest in the conduct of individual nations. This conduct is most visible through the laws that govern that nation and how they measure up against His law as revealed in the Bible.
As residents of the United Kingdom, we are passionate about the land God has put us in and as Bible believing followers of Jesus Christ, we are determined to please our Lord not only with our own personal conduct, but also to be part of a nation that displays actions that please God. Sadly, there we are witnessing a rapid departure from Godly standards of behaviour and we believe this clearly evident with the erosion of moral standards we see in British life.
It is no coincidence that the fabric of society in the UK is falling apart at a time when legislation is consistently forced upon us that is clearly contrary to the moral law of God. Historically, Britain was as it height when it passed laws that honoured God and we are alarmed and disturbed at how quickly this is changing.
The moral law of God is most evident with the “ten commandments” from which many of our historic laws have been founded on, but we are swiftly departing from this sure foundation and moving towards legislation that directly opposes the will of God. When Soloman was King of Israel, he prayed an amazing prayer of dedication to God and in response to this, God appeared to him with a direct answer to his prayer – some of this applies to our nation.
If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:13-14)
This reply from the Lord should grab our attention! Natural disasters can be and often are remedial judgments from God to grab our attention. See the following passage from Jeremiah concerning a nation’s ability to hear God voice.
At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.(Jeremiah 18:7-10)
God clearly takes a keen interest in the national conduct! Both of the above quotes apply to all nations and are timeless warnings – these passages apply as much today as they did when they were first written. It appears as though God looks for individuals within nations who are willing to obey and follow Him:
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none (Ezekiel 22:30)
Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? (Psalm 94:16)
How many men and women in leadership up and down THIS country do we see genuinely standing up for God and pointing us towards His truth? Unfortunately, it is very unlikely that such a person would find themselves in a leadership position in the UK – their message would not be a popular one! The worst part is that even the church itself is deafeningly silent, indifferent or tangled up with internal struggles while the moral fabric of this once blessed nation descends downhill around us.
Society in the UK is in deep decline – any cursory observation of the news will reveal a nation riddled with rising crime, family breakdown, drink/drug abuse, psychological disorders, rampant addiction,abuse of power and many other factors. This is not only a direct result of legislation imposed by our own government (and the EU) but also evidence of God subjecting us to deserved remedial judgments. GOD IS ALLOWING THIS TO CAUSE US TO TURN TOWARDS HIM – instead of doing this, our nation turns in defiance the other way and continues its journey to self-destruction!
What has the UK done to anger God?
Successive governments of the UK have instigated laws that are in direct violation of the eternal precepts of law set by God. This PDF booklet – Britain in Sin – examines 57 pieces of post-war legislation in light of Scriptural standards and displays an aggressive departure from the morality of the ten commandments.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children (Hosea 4:6)
Many of these laws have be been instigated to accommodate shifts in society, political correctness and maybe adherence to EU guidelines. Whatever the reason, there can be no doubt that this legal “tolerance” of sinful behaviour is causing our country to disintegrate before our very eyes. A long list of examples could be made, but below are highlighted a few main areas where we have departed from God’s counsel:
Bible: The Bible is the only sure authority for the Christian. The accuracy, relevance and truth of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures has been relentlessly attacked in the classroom, universities, the media and even the church itself. Christians who claim the Bible is the inerrant Word of God are mocked, ridiculed and labelled religious fanatics by virtually every sphere of society (including from those within the church!).
Abortion: Whatever your views on abortion it is difficult to comprehend what is taking place in our land. In 2010, in England and Wales 27% of all human death was due to abortion – this is simply astounding [ref].
We have become so desensitized to this issue and the direct offence to God in this unspeakable act, it is mind boggling. In ancient times, some “civilisations” committed the abomination of child sacrifice “to the Gods”. It may come as a shock to learn that even they would never kill a baby in the womb of its mother as this was considered so grotesque. We currently live in a society that has sunk to lower moral depths. With strong trends towards the introduction of laws on euthanasia it will not be long before we also murder both the oldest as well the youngest in our society.
Marriage: Marriage is not something that man created. God created the sacred and solemn institution of marriage. The Bible clearly prohibits any form of sexual relationship outside of marriage – this is crystal clear. Anyone promoting Godly standards of behaviour in this area is scoffed at. Is it any surprise that the dramatic increase in one-parent families, exponential rise in STD’s and acceptance/encouragement of all forms of sexual sin is happening in tandem with the “softening” on laws that promote Biblical marriage? Even the definition of marriage itself is now up for debate even though Scripture gives us God’s definition (Gen 2:24)
Education: God has slowly been removed from the classrooms across the land and while children are taught that they are chimps and we wonder in amazement as they start to act like animals before us with no fear or respect for authority or anyone. A selfish “survival of the fittest” worldview is promoted in school that rips the fabric of community and we can only guess with horror at the effect this teaching will have on generations to come.
Science: There should be perfect harmony between science and The Bible – there should be perfect harmony between the creator of the world and His creations (us!). Unfortunately, the scientific establishment at large will only interpret scientific data through a Darwinian evolutionary world view. This is a great insult to our Creator God – the Bible is littered with texts describing the world as bearing the signature of God and yet within scientific circles there is an aggressive persecution of anyone who challenges this worldview.
Church: The visible church in the UK is currently dying and in a complete mess. This is not just a reference to the decreasing numbers of those who attend church, but more to the content and the delivery of the gospel message of Christ which is the ONLY real purpose of the church. The church has lost sight of its mandate and has compromised the truth of God in just about every area of doctrine. There are now many churches even denying the virgin birth or resurrection of Christ as well as many other Bible based doctrines. You would never find a Catholic priest denying this – it is unbelievable that many protestant denominations now believe less of the Bible than the Catholic Church! The church has is now seen as irrelevant by society and in many cases has resorted to entertaining congregations instead of warning them of the wrath to come and appealing to people to turn to Christ in repentance. The gospel message is watered down and diluted into some palatable “social” gospel that cannot save anyone and makes a mockery of Christ’s work on the cross for humanity.
Israel: There are several specific references to how individual nations would be blessed (or not) depending on their treatment of the nation of Israel;
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:3)
For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head (Obadiah 15)
For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted (Isaiah 60:12)
The implications of the above verses are very simple and it does not matter whether we agree or whether we wish to protest. If it is stipulated by God, our Creator, will have a choice: we obey Him and prosper or we disobey and face the consequences. We do not need and should not need answers, we simply need to obey. It is really not difficult. If we treat Israel and its people as friends and respect them as God’s elect and chosen nation – we will be blessed in the process. If we turn our backs on them, particularly when the world at large are sworn enemies of the Jews, we will incur the judgment and wrath of God. Would you rather face the wrath of God or the wrath of man?! For more information about international attitudes to Israel, please see our Why Israel? article.
A Good example!
Are there recent examples of a president leading his country to national repentence? The prayer below is a quote from the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni celebrating Uganda’s 50th anniversary of independence from Britain at the National Jubilee Prayers event in Oct 2012 by publicly repenting of his personal sin and the sins of the nation.
What a wonderful example to the “Christian” nations of the West. Sadly, it appears there is no chance of a similar prayer being offered to God by a prime minister of the UK and even if it could happen, the majority of the population would be incensed with outrage if it did happen.
The White Throne judgment
The Bible speaks of a day coming when all nations will be gathered before Jesus Christ to receive judgment:
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Matthew 25:31-46)
This Scripture declares that all nations will appear before the judgment seat of Christ for the “sheep and goat” judgment. We believe that when Jesus refers to “my brethren” here, He could be referring specifically to the Jewish people. How will the leaders of the UK fare when they meet Christ in this judgment? How will fare when you are asked whether you were defenders of His people or if you remained silent, or worse still campaigned against them?!
A Plea for Repentance
As mentioned above, Moses concludes an amazing three chapter passage by appealing to the people of Israel to follow the Lord carefully and diligently. Although this passage (Deut 28-30) applies specifically to Israel (and still does), the UK would be very wise to heed the same words. Do we as a nation want to choose God’s ways and the life and blessings that come with that choice? Or are we going to do things our own way (as history teaches many nations have done) and suffer the death and curses that come with that choice? There are two doors open ahead of us. We believe it is very late in the day for the UK. (Please see our page “Are we in the last days?”). We believe that God is using many forms of judgment to try to get our attention. In recent months/years the UK has suffered a dramatic surge of natural/economic and moral disasters. When will we as a nation recognise that we are on borrowed time and that if we continue on this path we as a nation can expect nothing other than judgment from God? Can we urge you to repent on behalf of our nation and pray that God would forgive our flagrant sin and shepherd us to obedience and holiness?
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: (Deuteronomy 30:19)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. (Psalm 33:12)