Let’s try an experiment. Let’s travel back in time to 1820 and view the chaos of 2020 America through the eyes of someone from that era. What would he, or she, make of our present sorry situation? Raging forest fires? Destructive winds and hurricanes? Blood and mayhem in the streets? Our Republic teetering on the edge of collapse? And, most frightening of all, a mighty pestilence sweeping the land killing people by the thousands.
Most folks had only one book in their home library back then, if they had any books at all. And even those who were illiterate, as many were, knew at least parts of what is contained in the Holy Bible. They knew more of it than the average American Christian does today. We may be confused, but they would not have been. Clearly this is the Wrath of God at work. The Great Earthquake of 1811-12 would have been still fresh in their minds. The quake that devastated parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and spawned a religious revival.
There would have been a considerable argument over why God’s Wrath had been brought down upon America. Some might have argued that Americans were rejecting God or violating God’s plan for Mankind, which is perfect and holy. Others might have said that people were ignoring God in their pursuit of earthly wealth and pleasure. Those who returned to the fold after the great quake were so numerous that they earned the nickname of Earthquake Christians. All good Christians would have agreed that the Lord God had every right to punish us for our transgressions. read more…