As I wrote in Part 2, if my revelations about the Vietnam War and America’s Death Warrant are accurate, why should we Christians even care about America’s sins? Why not just give up and move to Switzerland or Brazil?
Let’s study the example of the early Jerusalem church.
Jesus prophesied the Death Warrant for Jerusalem in 30 A.D. The early church reacted to the prophecy by preaching and living the gospel of the kingdom of God, and also reminding Jerusalem of its errors.
Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ – this Jesus whom you crucified. (Acts 2: 36)
You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did. (Acts 7:51)
After Stephen’s death in 35 A.D., many Christians fled Jerusalem, but the apostles remained and continued preaching and advancing the kingdom of God. Even Herod’s cruel harassment of the church in 45 A.D. did not diminish the church’s presence in the city and it continued to prosper in the midst of on-again and off-again persecutions for the next twenty years.
Now, Luke’s account of the gospel was written in 60 A.D. His info came from eyewitnesses, probably the apostles. Thus, we know that Jesus’ Death Warrant prophecy was still resonating in the church at this time – almost thirty years later.
Then in 67 A.D., a Christian gave a prophetic word to the Jerusalem church. It reminded everyone of Jesus’ Death Warrant prophecy and warned of Jerusalem’s upcoming devastation. The prophecy also advised all believers to flee the city.
By 69 A.D., all Christians heeded the prophecy and left Jerusalem. So, when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D., no believers perished in the siege.
We Christians need to follow the example of the early church. Like them, we are, first of all, citizens of the kingdom of God. Our American citizenships are secondary and temporary in comparison to our kingdom of God citizenships.
Our orders do not come from a president, a governor or a mayor, but instead from a King. Whether we stay or leave a city should depend on Him, not our personal fears or whims. And if we are staying, we need to heed the words of Jesus in His parable:
“…Do business till I come.” (Luke 19:13 NKJ)
What do I believe the Lord wants us Christians to do?
First, the Vietnam War was a divisive conflict for America. On the one side were the doves, or anti-war groups, and opposing them were the hawks, or pro-war groups. The divisiveness from this war has continued into today’s America, and even into the Body of Christ.
So, we believers must check our hearts to see if we harbor any bitterness against America as a whole or against anti-war or pro-war groups. If we discover bitterness in our hearts, this sin must be dealt with at the cross of Jesus Christ and forgiveness received.
Second, we Christians need to repent of our selfishness regarding the Vietnam War. We have only cared about the pain inflicted upon us Americans and not the anguish suffered by the people of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Lao.
Third, we Christians need to ask the Lord to raise up men, women and groups who will go to the Southeast Asian immigrants in our communities and ask forgiveness for America’s broken promises to their native countries. Some Christians may even be asked by the Lord to travel as His ambassadors to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos to ask forgiveness of the people there.
Fourth, Christians need to stand in the gap and make financial intercession for our nation’s failure to keep its promises of aid to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the 1970’s. This can be accomplished by giving gifts of money to the poor and needy in these countries, many of whom are still suffering from America’s broken promises.
Will this be tough to do? Yes, of course it will be, but when has repentance ever been easy to swallow?
If you believe that this is the will of the Lord for you, then maybe you ought to meditate on the words of a 19th century preacher:
The man whose little sermon is “repent” sets himself against his age, and will for the time being be battered mercilessly by the age whose moral tone he challenges. There is but one end for such a man – “off with his head!” You had better not try to preach repentance until you have pledged your head to heaven. (Joseph Parker, 1830 – 1902)