The Way I See It, A Pastor’s Perspective “If Jonah Came To America”


If Jonah came to America….

With apologies to Jonah and his account of the City Nineveh in Jonah 3:4-9, what if the same warnings he preached to that City were proclaimed here and now in America?

“On that day the Preacher entered the city of Washington, D.C. and he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now America will be destroyed!” The people of America believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow. When the President heard what the Preacher was saying, he stepped away from his desk and took off his suit. He dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes. Then the President along with Congress sent this decree throughout the Country: “No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all. People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”
If Jonah came, would that be the outcome? In my humble opinion, it would certainly not play out as portrayed above. Messages similar to his have been preached for decades in the form of judgement coming to America but they go unheeded for the most part. In fact, the moral decline of this Nation seems to be picking up speed daily! We are a Nation who continually rejects God in our Schools, our Courtrooms, our Governments, and on our College Campuses. The people of Nineveh heard the Lord, repented, and were spared. It’s doubtful America would ever have that response given the liberal climate today.

Though America may not ever turn to God, each of us can individually turn our hearts toward Him, and we can be spared from any future wrath coming. I’m not a doomsday Preacher, but it doesn’t take a Professor of Theology to understand these are the last days for mankind.

Listen to Paul’s forewarning to Timothy….

“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:1-5‬ ‭NLT‬

He just described the Nation that we live in! But of course, it wasn’t always the way it is now. I was saved on March 29th, 1970. By comparison, it was certainly a kinder gentler time we lived in then, and yet preachers would declare with conviction even back then that Jesus was coming back and that it could happen on the very day of their sermon!! Look at this verse from the song ‘Redemption Draweth Nigh’ written by Gordon Jensen in 1970;

“Years of time have come and gone
Since I first heard it told
How Jesus would come again some day
If back then it seemed so real
Then I just can’t help but feel
How much closer His coming is today”

By comparison to the Seventies, the day in which we now live is certainly “borrowed time” when listening to that old song!
While it’s true no one can predict the day in which Jesus will return, how much longer will His patience be tested?

While there is still time, and if you’ve not surrendered your heart to the Lord, do as the beloved old Hymn says….

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”

If it has never really been explained to you, surrendering your heart to Jesus is very simple. You must first acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you need forgiveness. In recognizing your need for a Savior, the next step is to accept the fact that Jesus IS that Savior! Though God loves you deeply, He can not fellowship with sin. Sin has a penalty and the penalty is death and eternal separation from God. Jesus paid that penalty though, by dying on the cross for all of us. He was the only one who could pay that penalty because of His sinless life, and the fact He was born of a virgin birth, thus escaping the curse of sin and death on mankind because of His pure blood. He then rose from the dead and conquered death. When you accept the fact that He died that death for you and rose to give you life, you then have forgiveness for all your sins and you’ll escape the wrath of God that is coming.
You will never ever regret the day that you surrendered! Ever! And that’s the way I see it!

Pastor Mike