36 The Lord will drive you out of the land. And he will drive out the king you place over yourselves. All of you will go to another nation. You and your people of long ago didn’t know anything about them. There you will worship other gods. They will be made out of wood and stone. 37 You will look very bad to all the nations where the Lord sends you. They will be completely shocked when they see you. They will mock you and make fun of you.
38 You will plant many seeds in your field. But you will gather very little food. Locusts will eat it up.
Deuteronomy 28:36-28 (New International Reader’s Version)
Remember back in 2003 when then President George W. Bush said that the UN needs to lend its support (militarily) to the military action against Iraq, or become “irrelevant”? Funny just over 14 years later, Bush is living to see the mighty US of A sliding into the pit of irrelevancy.
This slide into irrelevancy is evident with our current presidency in America with Donald Trump, who is nothing more than an overgrown bullying frat boy who has the class of a boar. This “president” Tweets his rants instead of confronting his opponents. This is the individual who just pulled us out of the Paris Climate Agreement due to his being in bed with Big Coal and Big Oil. Trump has shown blatant dis-acknowledgment for other NATO leaders due to his fragile ego, and in turn has prompted German Chancellor Angela Merkel to say that Europe has to look past the US for leadership.
Not only that, we’re seeing China emerge as the new superpower: economically and militarily. India is launching satellites into space, and is a tech powerhouse. North Korea is developing missiles that might reach the US in the near future. Africa is starting to show slow, yet promising economic growth. America’s time on the world stage is starting to sputter badly.
Home is no better either-sad to say. We have strayed from any ideals that could have made this country great: diversity; creativity; diplomacy; tolerance; and democracy. We’ve traded in Christ for a evangelical straw man-especially among White evangelicals. Women, non-Whites, GLTBQs are demonized. There are even bills being passed in Texas and California to secede from the United States as a whole.
The rest of the world is watching and laughing at America as it becomes more and more irrelevant. If we keep this trend up, America will fall so far behind, we’ll be virtually invisible. If we look at the Scripture above, we can see America in it. Originally, the above passage was quoted by Moses as part of his “farewell speech” where he warned the Israelites the consequences of obedience (blessings) and disobedience (curses); obviously this passage is from the latter. If I read this in modern terminology, God will remove the US from its place on the world stage. We will end up “going to another nation”, or, having other nations call the shots that would affect us (uhh…China?). We will “worship other gods…of wood and stone;” we’re already worshiping patriotism and false Christianity that will not save us. We already look bad to other nations, shocking them with our very policies to the point we’re mocked and laughed at. And in the end, we’ll be economically ruined as our GDP falls and other nations will benefit.
Before you laugh this off as some anti-American or anti-Trump rant, please take a look at what’s happening. Look at the news-especially the foreign press-and see how the world views this nation. Our nation is in trouble as we’re on the slippery slope of irrelevancy. We need to realize this now if we’re going to salvage this nation and turn things around. If we don’t, we’ll end up being a third-class nation that will become a failed state. And despite how you feel about America, it would be a shame for us to wind up in that predicament.
America the Irrelevant? It’s up to us.
(Photo: Abandoned house in Union Township, NJ. 2017).