“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion (Jerusalem) “Your God reigns” (Isaiah 52:7)
There is a widely held view among Evangelicals that the reasons the God of the Bible has been merciful to us thus far are twofold: 1. Evangelicals have sent missionaries throughout the world to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, and that includes His proclamation in this country. 2. Until recently, the leaders of this nation, as well as this country as a whole, have been strongly in favor of the Jewish people and Israel, their homeland. I concur with this assessment, and am at the same time very disturbed at recent trends in our nation (as well as in the world), reflecting a decrease in financial support for the Gospel message as well as an unhealthy and negative attitude towards the Jews.
So what’s my problem? Truthfully, it’s a scary thing to go against the God of the Bible! Historically it can be demonstrated time and again that when anyone disregards the program of God, he is in for nothing but trouble and a quick death, be it individually or collectively! There are, of course, those whom God addresses as “fools” because they do not recognize Him for who He is (Psalm 14:1).
It was the poet and philosopher George Santayana, who penned this famous line around the beginning of the 20th century, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”