Monday, December 1, 2014

A Nation Under Judgment

I love that the Introduction section of this book by Richard Capriola begins with a Scripture verse: Psalm 33:12 that says Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. This appropriately sums up the premise of this book, which is described as “a thought-provoking journey empowering readers to decide if we are moving away from God’s perspective.”

Although our Founding Fathers of this country strongly believed in being “one nation under God,” we have become a nation that those Founders would scarcely recognize relative to this principle.

As Christians, we typically believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. 2 Timothy 4:1 tells us: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV). Studying God’s Holy Word gives us a road map--guideposts on how He wants us to live. We can’t choose some of God’s directives and eliminate others.

We know that this world is not our home, but is a temporary residence where we are designed to open our hearts and lives to Christ and serve the Lord to give glory to Him and to further His kingdom. We are commissioned to spread His Word and help those who are in need.

A Nation Under Judgment points out how far our country has strayed from the knowledge of or even any interest in carrying out these goals. To many, they are a totally foreign concept--something of no significance to the modern world. Reading this book reminded me how easy it is for Christians to become complacent, apathetic and completely tolerant of behavior that clearly opposes what God has ordained.

Capriola suggests that God has judged straying nations in the past and certainly has the power, authority and ability to repeat this practice. Does anyone care? Does anyone fear a national punishment from God?

This captivating book walks us through various topics such as hunger, homelessness, marriage, child abuse and several other categories. It provides God’s point of view as stated in the Bible and presents facts, statistics and narrative on where our country currently stands on these issues.

For me, it was an eye opener that shines a revealing spotlight on how greatly we have compromised many Christian beliefs and values. It is as though these standards never actually weighed in as important or significant. The general attitude today is, “It’s all about me and whatever makes me happy. There are no rules. God’s guidelines were for the olden days--the Biblical times and aren’t relevant today.” This is how people justify ignoring God’s guidelines for behavior.

Does God love everyone? Yes. Has He had a change of heart about how we are to behave? No. One either believes that God is the same yesterday, today and forever or they choose not to believe or allow the principles of the Bible to have an impact on their lives.

Richard Capriola raises the very important question of wondering how long God will stand by as our moral standards crumble to unprecedented levels. He quotes Thomas Jefferson as stating, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and His justice will not sleep forever.” Can you imagine what Thomas Jefferson might say today?

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About the Author
Richard Capriola
Richard Capriola, currently a Texas resident, has been a hospital chaplain, led a church based outreach ministry and served as a mental health counselor at both a regional crisis center and a psychiatric hospital. He completed his undergraduate training at Western Illinois University and holds two masters degrees from the University of Illinois. 

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