THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
by – Stuart H. Pouliot
December 31, 2014
America – Time to Wake Up!
Articles #63, Abrahamic Covenant , and #64, Fullness of the Nations , contain much of the background information
for what follows. If you have not read these articles, see the links below. In particular, article #63 offers some
glimpses into the history of America and its relationship to ancient Israel. It has been proposed that America is a
modern-day Israel or, if you will, the rebirth of ancient Israel. Obviously, this goes against the grain of commonly
held views, especially among many evangelicals who have fallen into the trap of what is called Christian Zionism ,
viewed through the lens of the modern-day nation called Israel in the Middle East. Frankly, I do not intend to
write on this particular subject anymore unless world events dictate it, so I am setting it aside.
Fullness of the Nations: http://www.kingdomandglory.com/art/art64.pdf
Abrahamic Covenant: http://www.kingdomandglory.com/art/art63.pdf
As the year 2014 comes to an end, it is being reported that Americans are more optimistic about 2015. It's good to
be optimistic; after all, our nation has been through some tough economic times and many people have been
suffering because of it. But, is being able to buy a bunch of Christmas gifts on usurious credit grounds for
optimism? Or, is the Stock Market reaching stratospheric heights grounds for optimism?
As Christians, we should be optimistic (or, perhaps, content) regardless of what is going on in the world or even in
our own environ, whether we have much or little (Philippians 4:12). Jesus is seated at the right hand of His Father,
and we are seated with Christ in the heavenlies. Our life is now hidden with Christ in God, and when Christ, who
is our life is revealed, then we also will be revealed with Him in glory, for Christ in us is the hope of glory
(Colossians 3:3-4; 1:27). Could there be anything more optimistic than this? I doubt it!
But this begs for a few questions. On what basis are more Americans feeling optimistic about 2015? Is it wishful
thinking? As a nation, have we turned a corner based on some facts, or are people being persuaded by feelings
that might be fed by hyped-up optimism from the media, perhaps even our own government? Are we no longer a
debtor nation but have become a creditor to the world? Have we given up our insane obsession with materialism
and consumerism that drives people to stand in line for hours for the latest and the greatest whatever ? Are the
global corporations and financial institutions no longer dictating government policy and laws, and we have
reverted back to a government by the people and for the people? Are our politicians now hugging trees together?
Have we discarded the laws of men for the laws of God? Have we become a righteous and moral nation? Have we
overcome racism? Have we laid down our arms for peace? Have we discarded our obsession with health care and
the need for all sorts of drugs that are more dangerous than the condition they are trying to treat? Are we no
longer the leader in the world for the amount of drugs we use? Have we discarded a justice system that is penal,
in favor of one that brings about restitution for all parties? Have we chosen life over abortion? Have we declared
that Jesus, the Son of God, is the King of Nations , especially of America? Hardly!
But let's not leave out the at-large church. Is the church no longer marketing its special brand of the spirit of the
world, all in the name of Jesus, and exporting it throughout the world? Is the church in the world but no longer of
it? Have the many tickling-the-ear, begging-for-money ministries of men shut down in favor of truth? Have the
true and hidden leaders of the church that know the heart of God risen to the surface yet? Has the church finally
figured out what its true message is? Has it come into the glorious truth of the good news for all mankind and all
creation? Has the church figured out that a savior's job is to actually save ones that cannot save themselves, no
matter how much free will they exercise? Does the church truly believe God is love to the ultimate good of ALL?
America – Time to Wake Up!
Well, I could go on with the questions, some of which, obviously, reveal my own biases, but I think you get the
drift. Let us not deceive ourselves with a false reality. As of this writing, and as far as I know, the Kingdom of our
Lord and of His Christ has not taken root among the nations. We are ruled by men, not by God.
Our leaders pride themselves in a feigned piety by closing their speeches with "God Bless America." Our nation's
motto is "In God We Trust." Who among our national leaders is truly trusting God for divine wisdom to lead this
nation? They speak falsehood to one another; with flattering lips and with a double heart they speak. … "With
our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who is lord over us?" (Psalms 12:2-4). 'THIS PEOPLE HONORS
ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME . 'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,
TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.' "Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the
tradition of men" (Mark 7:6-8). Is this not an indictment of our nation and the church today?
We are a nation that was truly birthed by Almighty God and that has been blessed in great measure in its 407-year
history since the first English colony was planted on our shores. In the last century, America has risen to become
the greatest superpower on earth and a blessing to the people of the world. Many probably disagree, but
America's foundation was and still is Jesus the Christ. Unfortunately for us, many false things have been built upon
this foundation, not only in our governance but also in our Christian heritage, and we are suffering for it in our
day. For the most part, we are a post-Christian nation, in spite of the many Christians living in our land and church
buildings on many street corners. We need to sweep the foundation clean and get back to our Founder!
We have become like ancient Israel when the Lord called it Jeshurun . "But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked─you are
grown fat, thick, and sleek─then he forsook God who made him, and scorned the Rock of his salvation.… You
neglected the Rock who begot you, and forgot the God who gave you birth" (Deuteronomy 32:15-18). Jeshurun
means "upright one." As a play on words, this is what Israel was supposed to be, an upright or righteous nation,
but they had become fat and sleek, which is like saying: "You have become gross and trampled down or
despised." Not a very good testimony! They were to be one thing but had become something entirely the
opposite. They turned to other gods, that is, idols of their heart, and forgot the God who gave them birth.
Data would tell us that we have literally become fat, as in obese. This is a sign! As a nation, we have grown fat in
our prosperity and have not only neglected but also forgotten the Rock of our salvation. But worse, we have
become spiritually fat, thinking we are above reproach so that we now sacrifice to the idols of our heart.
We have forgotten our Founder and our calling as a nation. We are a type of Manasseh, the older brother of
Ephraim, who was blessed with the name Israel to become a great people. Manasseh means "forgetting" or
"made to forget." America has been made to forget its birth and its roots that go back to Abraham and Moses.
"For they are a nation lacking in counsel, and there is no understanding in them. Would that they were wise,
that they understood this, that they would discern their future!" (Deuteronomy 32:28-29 NASB)
Like ancient Israel, we are a nation lacking wise counsel. No matter where we turn, whether it is to government or
the so-called institutional or at-large church , much of it is mixture and carnality. Where are the wise and the true
leaders of God? Where are the ones speaking forth from the heart and wise counsel of God? Where are the ones
who stand in the counsel of God and speak forth the oracles of God?
Dear people of God in America, please hear this: We have forgotten the God who gave us birth. We don't even
know our own history. We are blind and ignorant. As a nation (not necessarily individuals), we have turned
from worshipping God in our heart to worshipping the idols of our heart. It is time to wake up and discern our
future! Do we want to be chastised (perhaps severely) by God, or do we want to be blessed to overflowing?
In spite of all this, there is good news. Israel is destined to be saved and to come into the glory of God. So all Israel
will be saved (Romans 11:26). Or, better yet: Indeed, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the
LORD (Numbers 14:21). Whom do we want to eliminate from this glory when God says ALL? Be assured; glory is
coming, for the King of Glory stands at the door! Hallelujah!