Make America Least Again (Prophetic Reflection)

make-america-great-again-cross-outToday, the greatest danger to the world’s safety and security is the concept and practice of U.S exceptionalism. Making America Great Again by its very statement implies that other nations will necessarily be less. By Making America Great Again the rest of the world will suffer, but ultimately it will be the U.S. that suffers the most because of its arrogance.

I want to be clear: anyone who claims the Name of Christ cannot subscribe to U.S. exceptionalism. Our Scriptures tell story after story of how so-called great leaders and great nations have fallen because of their pride and imperialistic nationalism. The psalmist proclaimed:

“Why the big noise, nations?
Why the mean plots, peoples?
Earth-leaders push for position,
Demagogues and delegates meet for summit talks.

Heaven-throned God breaks out laughing.
At first he’s amused at their presumption;
Then he gets good and angry.
Furiously, he shuts them up” (Ps 2:1-2a; 4-5, MSG).

In contrast, the position of godly people is always as humble and down to earth. St. James proclaimed an oft repeated Scriptural truth when he said, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” (Ja 4:6). This favor—the blessing, prosperity, and peace of God are not for the strong or powerful, they are for the meek and humble. Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Mt 5:5, NIV).

It may be understandable for non-Christians, or those who hold no respect for God, to claim their own greatness or to promote abstractions called “States” as great or powerful, but it is unconscionable for a believer in God to ever make such a claim.

Jesus spoke clearly to his followers and said with no ambiguity, “Those who wish to be great, must be the least; whoever wants to be first, must be the very last” (Mt 20:26; Mk 9:35).

And if that was not clear enough he gave the example of how it should be done: “Jesus got up from the supper table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his loins, poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he had around him. After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, ‘Do you understand what I was doing? Since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow: do as I have done to you. You know these things—now do them! That is the path of blessing’” (Jn 13:4-5; 12b-17, TLB).

If you claim to be a Christian and wore the hat or agree with the sentiment of Mr. Trump, or you believe somehow that the U.S. is exceptional among nations, you might want to check your spirit and see what the Lord has to say about it.

© Paul Dordal, 2016

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3 thoughts on “Make America Least Again (Prophetic Reflection)

  1. Gospel Isosceles November 25, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    As usual, excellent post. You are a disciple leader, correct? Since what you’re saying he is basically taboo, what kind of response do you get from Christians in your sphere of influence? How can self-proclaimed believers and followers of Christ deny what you’re saying here? What God is saying to those who enter into love with him?

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  2. Paul Dordal November 30, 2016 / 11:40 pm

    Hey Gospel Isosceles, you make some great points. It is hard to believe that Christians cannot see how they participate in the Domination Systems Jesus died to overcome.

    When I started writing prophetically and began activating my faith, many of my family, friends, and associates wondered if I had walked away from Jesus. Many are confused, but others are commending me for being bold. Some of my pastor friends and chaplains are thanking me for the things I am saying (even as they do not feel comfortable saying it themselves).

    My philosophy is if I can help just one person see Jesus in all his beauty as a spiritual savior, but also as a radical anti-Domination System agitator, then all my effort in writing these posts is worth it. Surprisingly, more than just one of my relational connections are starting to see this more holistic way of understanding Jesus.

    Thanks for all your encouragement. I enjoy reading your posts.

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