Ever wondered why nations engage in what their people later look back on and ask “What were we thinking?” The history of every nation is filled with these regretful behaviors such as Germany’s participation in the Holocaust and America’s participation in slavery.
If we look to understand how not just a few men, but a nation full of people can plot, plan, and scheme to kill an entire race of human beings (as in the Holocaust) or to cause others to think that a human being could be owned (as in the slavery years in America’s history), we find the reason for this in Psalm 2.
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. “
– Psalm 2:1-3
Matthew Henry, in his commentary on Psalm 2, explains the true purpose of why men gather together and agree to do these horrific things. The true goal is against God’s Anointed, not just to mere men.
“As this world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men, of every rank, party, and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. But the rulers of the earth generally have been most active. The truths and precepts of Christianity are against ambitious projects and worldly lusts.
We are told what they aim at in this opposition. They would break asunder the bands of conscience, and the cords of God’s commandments; they will not receive, but cast them away as far as they can. These enemies can show no good cause for opposing so just and holy a government, which, if received by all, would bring a heaven upon earth. They can hope for no success in so opposing so powerful a kingdom.”
– Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
What is God’s reaction to this? It is very short and very plain. He laughs.
Why? Only God can know the complete reason, but I choose to believe that it is because in the face of the ‘pack-mentality’ of a select few in a nation who make it their business to remove all references to God in government, God knows He has a remnant that remain. He has the faithful who are required to obey the laws of their nations, but also have the ability to go quietly into their prayer closets each night to fight these evil attempts.
These are the warriors of the faith. As described below in video below, ‘Their bullets can’t stop the prayers we pray in the name of the Prince of Peace.’
So take heart when you hear the reports of how our nation is turning slowly away from the principles of God. Get to your prayer closet, put on the full armor of God, and engage in the fight by praying.