Q. Genesis says that God told Abram He would forgive (preserve) Sodom if He could find just a few good men there. In America today I see many men who are “good”. I don’t mean sinless, of course. I mean honorable men and women who do try to follow God’s rules. Why can’t He forgive us, then? We have lots of people who have repented and want to follow God, including me. Why doesn’t God save America, where there are a few good men?
A. Examples like Sodom, which was not spared, and Nineveh, which was spared, are no longer relevant to us. I say this because at the end of the age, God is going to completely destroy all the nations where His people have been scattered, except Israel itself (Jeremiah 30:11). So the idea of any nation having a great revival and restoring itself to God’s favor in order to escape being judged is obsolete.
Individuals within a nation can be rescued from the time of judgment through personal salvation, but all nations will soon be judged and destroyed. So even if every man, woman and child in America suddenly became a born again Christian, God would not save America. Instead, He would take all of us in the rapture and America would be left with no residents when the judgments came.
This is true no matter what nation we may currently live in. If we’re born again we are now citizens of Heaven, and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so they will be like His glorious body (Phil.3:20-21).
He is currently in Heaven, putting the final touches on our new home. Soon He will come back to get us and take us there, so that where He is we will also be (John 14:2-3). And then we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words (1 Thes. 4:17-18).