Is Jesus Weeping Over America?
And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” Luke 19:41-44 (ESV)
In the midst of his triumphal entry, Jesus wept over Jerusalem. In peace, Jesus came to his own but his own did not receive him. The people all around Jesus were proclaiming him the promised king, but within a week they would be shouting to crucify him because they did not recognize his kingship and his kingdom. Their leaders were blind to the signs of the times. Their true king had come to Israel bringing peace but this was hidden from them. They wanted a leader who would defeat their Roman enemies and bring them glory. They understood that their enemy was the problem and that God would vindicate them. Jesus wept over Jerusalem because they failed to see that their principle problem was themselves. Their failure to acknowledge Jesus as King meant that they would bring judgement down on their own heads. Jesus wept because all they had to do was recognize him as their true king and accept the way of his kingdom.
Is Jesus weeping over America today? Christians are all too ready to blame others for the problems of our society and fail to see that the real source of our problem is our own hypocrisy. How did we get into this situation? How did a nation with a predominately Christian culture become a largely pagan culture? We have not had this forced upon us by some conquering hordes. Christians have freely accepted the gods around us and embraced the pagan culture.
How then can we blame unbelievers? Non-Christians are simply doing what unbelievers do. Jesus taught us to love our enemies and not to curse them. Christians should have pity for our enemies for they do not know what they are doing. They are already or soon to be suffering for their own immorality. Our society is not going from bad to worse because unbelievers are so how turning for the worst. The fault lies with us. We have become corrupt. We have tried to serve two masters and we have betrayed Jesus. We have failed to the salt to preserve our society and the light to give it direction.
This passage should be troubling to today’s Christians. We see the signs of the times and that our world is ripe for judgement. We shake our heads and banter back and forth that we wouldn’t be surprised if Jesus is coming soon. We assume that he will rescue us and violently destroy all the sinners surrounding us. But what if Jesus does come tomorrow? Even the stones will cry out on that great day of his triumphal entry. Yet, will Jesus pause and weep over America? Will we be counted with the Pharasees thinking Jesus was coming to judge others when we were the ones under judgement? Jesus’ first visitation came as a shock to God’s people and if we are not careful his second coming might just have a surprising outcome.
Jesus warned the people in Luke 12:37-39 to make peace with the judge before it was too late. Christians today need to take this advice. We have been serving two masters. We have tried to serve Jesus privately in our personal lives, but we reject him publicly in politics. This is the heart of our idolatry and the reason why our society has become pagan. We cannot expect him to acknowledge us when we only accept him privately but deny him publicly. As Jesus said but unless you repent you all likewise perish. Christians in America must put our house in order. We should be trembling lest we find Jesus weeping on that last day. Then will cry publicly with all our heart, “Lord, Lord! did we not prophesy in your name?” Yet, Jesus will dry his eyes and turn his head and declare, “I never knew you, depart from me…”