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‘Though You Slay Me’ — A Lament for America

Christian Songwriters Shane and Shane wrote a beautiful song called “Though You Slay Me” based on Job’s words:

In  Job 13:15-16 it says:

15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

Their beautiful lament reflects on the fact that God is sovereign and that all things that we encounter on this earth are working an eternal weight of glory in our lives.

When a loved one passes away; there’s a reason.

When our finances crumble; there’s a reason.

When our faith is tested; there’s a reason.

When our worldview is challenged; there’s a reason.

Scripture tells us that Satan goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour and it is clear that he has found many within the church, Hollywood and our government, that he can devour.

The cause and effect of America’s decline scrolls across our TV screens, nightly.

Like Sodom, Gomorrha and all of the “-ites” of the Old Testament that met systematic destruction for disobedience; America is well on her way to being crushed ‘neath the fist of a righteous God, lest we repent.

Shane and Shane begin their hymn like this:

I come, God, I come
I return to the Lord
The one who’s broken
The one who’s torn me apart
You strike down to bind me up
You say You do it all in love
That I might know You in Your suffering

Though Job’s lament, and the aforementioned song, were personal in nature; my heart broke recently as I sung it to the Lord with America on my mind.

That rendition went something like this:

We come, God, We come
We return to the Lord
The one who’s broken
The one who’s torn us apart
You strike down to bind us up
You say You do it all in love
That We might know You in Your suffering

The United States is special to God. No Nation in the history of the world has done as much, for so many, as America. There are only two Nations in the history of the world whose very existence are based on a covenant with God; The United States and Israel.

Yes, the United States is special to God.

However, the Pilgrims made a promise to spread the Gospel across this great land of plenty and we are breaking our promise little by little, day by day, at our own peril.

Jeremiah 6:16 states:

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

As God strikes us down and binds us up in love, can we, as a nation, repent and come to know Christ again, through our suffering?

God is not a man that He can lie and He leaves us with this promise of hope in 2 Chronicles 7:14:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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