Isaiah 59:14-15 Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice –ESV
These verses are a very apt description of the society and system the United States has become along with the other nations that are a part of the global progressive movement. It is not an exact description, since God has been merciful to us—and there are some good people in public positions—but it is a trend we have been moving toward for some time.
Justice is defined many times by an arbitrary creed of social justice rather than Godly justice, and righteousness indeed stands far away. Has truth stumbled in the public square? Well the answer to this is pretty obvious. From our media to officials on all levels of the political structure, we see the truth stumble, and deception being practiced for the advancement of an agenda.
Uprightness is many times barred from entry in public discourse and there are certainly many who have been made prey due to their departure from evil. In fact, if you scan the spectrum of public figures of any kind—whether they are celebrities, politicians, media figures or big name pastors—and find any among them who stand for the foundational tenants of biblical truth, you can be assured they are the target of some progressive group or groups.
It is with these tactics of bullying and coercion that public figures are brought into submission to the spirit of the times. And you will find the multitudes using the same phrases and agreeing almost robotically to the evil message of the day—whatever it may be.
As I mentioned earlier, a lot of this has not come fully to fruition. God has spared our nation tremendously. Let’s look at the verse following the one I started with to get a clue as to why this might be and what a good stance is for us as believers, in the state we find our nation in.
Isaiah 59:16 He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him. –ESV
From this verse, I understand that as long as there are people willing to stand in the gap and intercede, God will not take matters into His own hands in judgement. The verse references the fact that there were no intercessors and in the verses following, it is made clear that God is exacting vengeance and judgement.
My encouragement as believers is that we do not fall into the snare the enemy has laid, which tells us that believers have no business in the public square and especially in politics. Rather we need to reclaim the ground we have given up—especially by way of intercession. It is apparent there still are some effective intercessors and some upright people in public places—and for that I am thankful.