Have we not all at one time or another had someone knock on the door?
Let’s look at two scenarios:
1. We go answer. Find someone who wants to sell us a vacuum cleaner, clean our gutters, or make a donation to a local school project. Perhaps we refuse politely, say “God bless you” and close the door.
2. We go answer. Find someone who is promoting a particular religion or political issue that we believe to be a false doctrine or an evil issue. Do we still say “God bless you?”
“God go with you” or “God bless you” has been a routine blessing to say to someone often even when we believe they are making a mistake. It is true that we want God’s protection to go with them, but we are not blessing their actions.
Sometimes a more appropriate prayer might be “God stop you in your tracks,” but we do not have courage enough to say that!
I love the song “God Bless America,” but do I really want God to bless America in the midst of her sin. I guess I want America to be blessed in spite of her sins.
But is that best? Is it even good?
The following is an excerpt from gotquestions : “The word God speed is found in only one passage in the Bible, and only in the King James Version: “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (2 John 1:10–11). Here John is warning believers against receiving false teachers or contributing to the success of anyone bearing a false gospel. To bid a false teacher “godspeed” is to express a wish for his success. Although we should love all people and desire their welfare, we cannot be faithful to the truth and at the same time wish the enemies of truth success in their endeavors. As John says, extending hospitality to a false teacher is to share in his work of falsehood.”
I really want America to repent, then be blessed. In light of eternity, we might be “blessed” with things that bring suffering!
Reminds me of President Reagan’s words: “America was founded by people who believed that God was their rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side.”