Oak Leaf #192
Restoration of America:
Preparing to Occupy the Land
by Karla Perry
In the first five books of the Bible, we read the history of God taking an enslaved people and making them into a great nation. A nation is more than a people group: it is a people living in their own land with their own language, government, and law. A great nation is a people who do this within the biblical context of what it means to be a nation that blesses other nations.
While camped at Mount Sinai, God begins to provide the instructions that will enable them to become a great nation. God teaches them law, sanitation, justice, social responsibility, agriculture, etc. In the middle of all this instruction, God tells His people that He is not going to drive out all those who occupy the land for them until they are ready to possess it.
Consider what God says:
“But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and wild animals too numerous for you.
“Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.
“I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the desert to the Euphrates River. I will give into your hands the people who lived in the land, you will drive them out before you” (Exodus 23:29-31 NIV).
God did not want the land to lay desolate and become wild and untamed, so He allowed people who were not His people to occupy the land.
When a place is cleared out of its occupants before it is able to be filled with God’s purpose, it becomes a magnet for a greater darkness than its previous occupants.
We read of this in the New Testament:
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.
“Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order.
“Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation” (Matthew 12:43-45 NIV).
Even though this passage is talking about evil spirits, the principle works with regards to removing those who occupy without properly replacing that occupier. We see this when a dictator is removed without the ability to replace him with a healthier form of government. Typically this causes the present government to topple and a greater evil to fill its place.
Let’s look at this in the context of America. If an industry is occupied by the world, and we seek to remove those occupiers before we are ready to fill the void, something more powerful will fill it for us. Instead of trying to unseat the powers that exist, we may want to consider training believers to begin to shine in those places of influence until they become the leaders themselves. Otherwise, we push out those who are keeping the industry, mountain, or sphere in society from desolation.
Biased journalism is better than no journalism. Journalism is the eyes and ears of a free nation. It operates as a check and balance on the government. Even a corrupt media reporting through biased lenses gets vital information out to the public. If we are not careful, we will cost our nation the power of the pen instead of reforming the institution unto its purpose.
Mediocre secularized public education is better than no national education. One of the key principles of a free people is the education of the common people and not just the elite. An educated people is a check on government. We cannot remove what we have without something better to replace it with.
Perhaps we can gain a more appreciative outlook on those who are occupying what we aren’t occupying yet. Maybe we can see them as playing a part in the sustaining of our national spheres of influence rather than the destroyers of our nation. We may have developed Christian news sites and Christian education, but we no longer occupy the national system. Until we do, we need these systems in place in our nation even though they are influenced by a secular worldview.
If we want to reform the nation, we may want to consider working to reform the existing spheres of influence by going into the high places of culture with the kingdom of God.
The world is good at discipling. The secular worldview is promoted unashamedly in every sphere of society. It has permeated culture. We often think that people know better than to teach a view that is not biblical. This leads us to think that those who occupy the high places of culture intentionally want to cause harm because we know their worldview is harmful. But people cannot see their own error.
I don’t think most cultural influences are trying to lead people away from truth—they are simply convinced of their own way of thinking, and live it out in the real world. They may have agendas that are antithetical to Christianity, but their agendas are in line with their thinking and they believe them to be good and noble. They don’t know different. These influencers are not our enemy—they are deceived by our enemy. Even still they play a vital role in keeping out greater darkness while we learn to become the influencers God has called us to be in our nation.
If we want a reformed America, we must become the reformers. Reformation is about influencing a nation in all the areas that makes it a great nation. The Hebrew people did not know how to be a nation—they had to be taught everything: what to do with waste, disease, how to grow crops and raise livestock, how to deal with conflict, how to raise children, how to worship God, how to create a legal system and a government, and so much more.
The Bible is not just instruction for our spirituality, but practical instruction for our way of life as a nation. This is the job of the church—the body of believers working as we once worked when the Bible birthed the West.
Karla Perry, author of Back to the Future: Rebuilding America's Stability, is an avid writer with a penetrating and thought-provoking style. Karla helps people develop healthy worldviews through kingdom-based thinking. Her articles are published regularly in The MorningStar Journal. Karla lives with her husband, Joseph, in Virginia Beach, VA, where they lead Remnant Ministries, a member of the MorningStar Fellowship of Churches. You can find more of Karla's work at www.karlaperry.com