Have you been hearing the talk about secession? Since President Obama won reelection people have been petitioning the White House to allow their states to secede from the Union. One report I heard said this is standard fare after just about every presidential election. Remember the last time we had secession? I mean real secession. I’m writing from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a south-central neighbor to the little town of Gettysburg, about an hour’s drive to the west. Next year our nation will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, a three-day bloodbath, that, while not eclipsing the Civil War single-day loss-of-life mark, saw about 51,000 dead. All told the entire war accounted for about 620,000 dead. Let me ask again: secession?
Someone might respond, “Well, it would be a peaceful secession. No one would start a war. It would just be another country.” I’m not so sure about that, but for the sake of argument, I’ll grant it. In fact, I think it gets to the heart of the issue. Secessionist don’t want war. Who does? Secessionists want a better country. Now that is something we can all agree on. Even those from a variety of political parties could agree on that.
But that leads us to the problem: how do we achieve the goal of a better country? This Sunday we continue our series in the Minor Prophets, and we come to Nahum. I’m not particularly thrilled about Nahum, but it’s growing on me.
You think our nation needs a change? Take a look at the people who Nahum had to preach too. The Ninevites. Yup, the same people Jonah was sent to. About 100 years later, the Ninevite Revival was a thing of history, and the city (capital of Assyria) was brutally wicked and tyrannical again.
The message God has for Nineveh is very interesting. Perhaps nations of the world, including secessionist Americans, can learn a thing or two about how to change a country by studying this ancient message.
I would be interested in your thoughts, after you read Nahum that is.