A Nation Under Judgment by Richard Capriola

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About the Book

What does it mean to be “one nation under God”? Our Founding Fathers believed it was more than a political slogan. Have we strayed from their vision? A Nation Under Judgment focuses on issues currently facing our country, such as hunger, homelessness, marriage, income inequality and the environment. These subjects are reviewed from a social policy and Scriptural point of view, empowering readers to decide whether or not our nation is moving away from God.

 

Book Excerpt

How do you define wisdom? For some it’s measured by a person’s level of knowledge and learning or by one’s level of education. Dictionaries define wisdom as philosophic and scientific learning. Other definitions of wisdom include sound judgment, good insight, or common sense. Native Americans believe wisdom is learned only after living a long life that brings learning and experience. These definitions have merit, but they fall short of a biblical definition of wisdom. Biblical wisdom can be defined as the ability to see things from God’s point of view. As Christians, our wisdom grows when we understand and accept God’s point of view. The same is true of nations; they show wisdom when then align their policies with God’s point of view.

How can we be a nation “under God” if we ignore His point of view when shaping national policies? When we create policies on hunger, homelessness, poverty, and protecting the environment, are we following God’s point of view – or a political agenda? What does it say about our values when one of every fifty children is homeless and one in seven households lacks sufficient food? These are important questions that must be asked if we value being a nation “under God” because the answers may point to a nation moving away from God’s point of view.

If our highest priority is to be “one nation under God” we cannot avoid asking how long we can be at odds with God. History is littered with the remains of nations like ours that rose to great power and wealth, but are now found only in the pages of history books. Are we a nation being driven away from God by our national policies? Will God eventually judge us as He has so many other nations and find that we have strayed too far from His point of view? Are we any different from the other great and powerful nations that were judged and found failing before God? If wisdom is the ability to see things from God’s point of view, have we lost our wisdom as a nation?

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About the Author

Richard Capriola spent many years serving as a hospital chaplain. He completed four years of Clinical Pastoral Education in preparation for becoming a chaplain. In addition to his pastoral care experience, he has led a church based outreach ministry and has served as a mental health counselor at both a regional crisis center and a psychiatric hospital. He currently resides in Houston Texas.

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