How We Can Make America Great

The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. – Deuteronomy 28:12

Franklin Graham gave the benediction at Present Donald Trump’s Inauguration to become the 45th President of the United States of America. He referenced the fact it was raining during the inauguration and correlated it with being a biblical sign of God’s blessing.

Rain as a Biblical Sign of God’s Blessing

“Moisture from heaven provides nourishment for plant and animal life. Palestine was a land dependent upon the yearly rains to ensure an abundant harvest and an ample food supply for the coming year. Thus, the presence or absence of rain became a symbol of God’s continued blessing or displeasure with the land and its inhabitants.”1

In Deuteronomy, God made a bilateral covenant with the nation of Israel through Moses called the Mosaic Covenant. The Mosaic Covenant outlines the terms of God’s Law which plainly states, do as God says and experience blessings, disobey God and experience curses. (Deuteronomy 27-28) Blessings and curses are conditional upon individual and national obedience.2 This still holds true today.

Making America Great

If America is or becomes “great” it is not because we made it happen, but because God made it happen. If the people in the land obey God, they will be blessed by God. In the Old Testament, blessings primarily were correlated with physical prosperity. God provided a way for the nation of Israel to learn how to relate to Him through physical aspects of life. He provided a temporary system, The Law, that required regular animal sacrifices. God ultimately replaced the old Mosaic Covenant and fulfilled The Law with a New Covenant. (Jeremiah 31:31-32) The New Covenant was made better and the emphasis has become relational prosperity – relationship with God through Christ. (Hebrews 8:6) Continuous sacrifices has become unnecessary as God’s Son (The Messiah) is the final sacrifice. Instead of relying on temporary physical prosperity, we are offered an eternal relationship built on relational prosperity.

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Pray for Leaders to be on God’s Agenda

God can use presidents and national leaders to move people onto His agenda. A president first must be fully dependent on God before they can lead others to do the same. However, a leader’s obedience to God does not necessarily mean those they lead will follow. In fact, leaders that submit themselves to the will of God are often unpopular and heavily criticized for their decisions because they are counter-cultural.

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How We Can Make America Great

Let it Rain

Usually, whenever we hear the forecast calls for rain we often become despondent. In reality, rain represents a blessing from God as it creates life. Farmers are dependent on rain so they often understand what it means to rely on God instead of themselves for their prosperity. We often become disgruntled about the wrong things, for the wrong reasons.

“We should never be disgruntled about the weather because God provides the weather.” – Frank Sells

Top of the Hierarchy

God places and removes presidents. He controls the weather. And, He is the provider of physical and relational prosperity. We can be blessed physically, but more importantly relationally, IF we are a nation that seeks to obey God. God cannot bless a nation that curses Him. It starts one person at a time.

Our Object of Worship

God is great! God is our object of worship! Not people, nor any nation. A nation worshipping God is something to celebrate. A nation moving away from God is something to mourn. I pray we are a nation that continues to worship the Triune God as did its founding members.

Resources

Chad Brand et al., eds., “Rain,” Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2003), 1362.

The Mosaic Covenant