Nineveh vs. United States
If you are a Christian and you have read much of the Bible, you have more than likely heard of the sinful city of Nineveh. It was an Assyrian city and Assyria itself was known for is cruelty and wickedness. Have you ever considered the modern day Nineveh? Yes, the United States: a “bloody city[country] ,... full of lies and robbery” (Nahum 3:1). I have not given the idea much thought, if any, till recently when we read Nahum 3 during family worship. I will now attempt to go through 2 parallels between Nineveh and our country.
The first parallel has to do with pornography. Verse 4 of Nahum 3 reads, “Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her withcrafts.” This verse made me think of the awful pornography business and addiction in our country, even among Christians (including pastors). Indeed, it has sold our country, and more specifically, our families. The harm done because of pornography and adultery goes so deep into the lives of the spouse and children. It is not something to take lightly.
The second issue that jumped out at me comes from verse 10, “Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for their honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.” The last part of the verse could refer back to pornography and there are other things that come to my mind, but I would like to focus on the middle of the verse. “Her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets.” What a picture of abortion! According to Abort73.com, an average of 3,315 little, helpless children who aren't given the choice to live are killed every day in the United States alone. How has murder become legal with so much acceptance? I could say a whole lot more about this but I think that I will have to wait till another time. The point is, abortion is a great sin that many Americans seem proud of.
Finally, the third parallel I wish to address comes from verse 12, “All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.” We are like Nineveh, a strong city ready to collapse if we continue in our sin.
So is there a remedy for our sickness? There was for Nineveh. Turn to the Lord and repent as the people of Nineveh did in Jonah's day. “So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them” (Jonah 3:5).