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Overview With typical wisdom and lucidity, Lutzer addresses a fundamental question - a question begging for an answer after a frenetic election - Is God really on America's side? To answer, the reader is carefully led through seven vital principles of a biblical understanding of judgment. Throughout, Lutzer's insights into how Christians should view government equips them "to think with the Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other."
Publishers Description With typical wisdom and lucidity, Erwin W. Lutzer addresses a fundamental question--a question begging for an answer after a frenetic election--"Is God really on America's side?" To answer, the reader is carefully led through seven vital principles of a biblical understanding of judgment.
God can both bless and curse a nation.
God judges nations based on the amount of light and opportunity they are given.
God sometimes uses exceedingly evil nations to judge those that are less evil.
When God judges a nation, the righteous suffer with the wicked.
God's judgments take various forms.
In judgment, God's target is often His people, not just the general population.
God sometimes reverses intended judgments.
Provocative questions for individual reflection or group discussion complete each chapter of the book. Throughout, Lutzer's insights into how Christians should view government equips them "to think with the Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other."
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.98" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.33" Weight: 0.32 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2009
Publisher Moody Publishers
ISBN 0802489524 ISBN13 9780802489524
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More About Erwin W. Lutzer
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church, where he served as the senior pastor for 36 years. He is an award-winning author and the featured speaker on three radio programs that are heard on more than 1000 national and international outlets. He and his wife, Rebecca, have three grown children and eight grandchildren and live in the Chicago area.
Erwin W. Lutzer currently resides in Chicago, in the state of Illinois.
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Heavy book Dec 30, 2009
I have read several of Erwin Lutzer's books and deeply appreciate them...especially in this day of "emergentist" Christianity where righteous behavior is severly undermined apparently for the sake of luring people to Jesus. I plan to purchase several more copies and give them to friends and family. Parts of this book confused me, however. For instance, where and how Christians should or should not become involved in societal and political issues. I struggle with this conflict and would have liked more insight or even out-right suggestions about how to take a stand against immorality and evil while remembering that we are not fighting against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers of darkness. I was also hoping for a reference to Abraham's famous conversation with God before He destroyed Sodom--- Genesis 18:25.: "Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" So the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes." Maybe that was in this book but I missed it. I have always found that particular scripture extremely comforting but, of course, I certainly do not discount any of the examples Mr. Lutzer gives regarding ancient Israel.
Excellent wake-up for some, comfort for others Mar 22, 2009
I so much appreciate everything Pastor Luzter writes and preaches. He is clear, factual, Scriptural, informative and compassionate. I'm getting copies of this book for believing friends. What a comfort for those of us who grieve at our nation's headlong rush downward is this reminder to keep looking up for Christ's return soon and trusting Him through the troubles He allows. Also, a good reminder to make every effort possible to tell more people the good news of Jesus before it is too late. No matter how bad the nightly news and how deplorable the actions of our "leaders," God is in perfect control and He WILL bring all things to glorify Him. Hallelujah!
God's blessing and cursing of nations Dec 9, 2008
To the committed secular reader, Dr. Lutzer's work will make no sense. His premise is that God is sovereign and in ultimate authority over human history, prospering and bringing down nations in accord with His restorative purposes for His creation.
Each of the first seven chapters illustrates a principle of God's activity in dealing with peoples and nations. Using Biblical patterns, he developes a foundation from which to answer the question posed in the title, "Is God on America's Side?"
1. God can both bless and curse a nation 2. God judges nations based upon the amount of light and opportunity they are given 3. God sometimes uses exceedingly evil nations to judge those that are less evil 4. When God judges a nation, the righteous suffer with the wicked 5. God's judgments take various forms 6. In judgment, God's target is often His people, not just the pagans among them 7. God sometimes reverses intended judgments.
As we are living in a time of prophetic acceleration and selective judgments coming at us with breathtaking rapidity, does America now stand under God's remedial judgment or are we destined for the scrapheap of history and destruction? Is a praying 'civil religion' sufficient for preserving our nation or does our 'civil religion' forsake the radical gospel of grace, abandoning any conviction of sin?
Now that I think of it, even the progressive-secular reader may gain a better understanding of the Biblical worldview to which so many of his fellow countrymen cling. To consider that the judgments of an almighty God are real and immediate may awaken in our nation to the role of Providence in human affairs. Perhaps this will be in time that we might avert increasing remedial judgments upon our nation as well as the wrath to come.
Erwin Lutzer......a most informed voice in theological cirlcles Nov 22, 2008
This is a question that has been on many minds lately....Is God on Americas side? It's starting to look like God is not on America's side and that is making us all uneasy. Well, why should God be on America's side? We, as a nation have very difinately turned our backs on Him. If taking prayer out of schools, allowing and sanctioning the killing of millions of unborn babies and turning into a culture of sex saturated zombies isn't enough..... well, you get the idea! I still hope and pray that God Is on America's side. Erwin Lutzer has a most thought provoking answer........
Time to wake up Nov 10, 2008
We have this remarkable thought that we as a country can tell God to butt out of every aspect of our lives, but then call for and expect His help when we need Him. During crises, it's "May God bless America" or "God help us". Lutzer correctly points out that God is not beholden to anyone but His children, and even then expects them to choose to obey His practical principles. A quick, poignant read, especially for our current times.