Is Hawaii becoming a Christian state?
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- 2010 Sep 13
TalkToAction asks this question using different words.
This information is important to help evaluate the rise of Lou Engle and Cindy Jacobs in Republican politics during the last decade.
For our Ugandan friends worried about American intervention in your nation: Check it out, Uganda, Hawaii and Alaska - The United States of the New Apostolic Reformation (USNAR).
These efforts to win political entities (states, nations) rest on what I believe to be a faulty understanding of God's OT covenant with the nation of Israel. In short, the NAR folks take the covenant God made with Israel to apply to the Church. One of the key verses identified in the TalkToAction post is Deuteronomy 28:13:
The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
Even though the ministry of Jesus was to usher in a new covenant, the adherents of NAR want the old one to apply prescriptively to the present day. They seem to believe Christians can take these promises to the cosmic bank if they take over the nation (state, city, etc.). Likewise, listening to Lou Engle, it becomes clear, he believes that the problems America faces derives from failure to follow the law of Moses. For those paying attention, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin have in recent years spoken favorably of this movement.
However, none of these promises or threats of curse apply to anyone but Israel as is clear from the first verse of the next chapter (Deut. 29:1):
These are the terms of the covenant the LORD commanded Moses to make with the Israelites in Moab, in addition to the covenant he had made with them at Horeb.
I do not think the United States of America as a nation is referenced in the Bible. In my view, viewing these promises and curses directed toward Israel as applying to the US or any other nation is egocentric thinking.
All of this may seem like theological inside baseball, but given the continuing merger of NAR religious leaders and some elements within the GOP, understanding these theological foundations will be key to understanding at least the next two elections.