Christians in America often make the mistake of viewing the United States as a chosen people on a par with old covenant Israel. This American exceptionalism is untrue and certainly un-Biblical. God’s nation today is the Church, which is the Israel of God.
So can we speak with any certainty of God’s judgements on individual nations, now that no particular nation is chosen by him? Is it right to consider if 9/11, Katrina or the financial meltdown might be judgements of God on our nation if we are not a chosen nation?
Jeremiah 25 indicates that God does indeed deal with nations other than just His chosen people. In this chapter, God’s word comes to Jeremiah and tells many nations that God is sending a sword against them. The group of nations mentioned is numerous. These nations will be recompensed ‘according to their deeds and the work of their hands.’
So even in the age when Israel was God’s chosen nation on the earth, the Gentile nations were held to account for their deeds. Given this, I think it is entirely appropriate to hold nations to account in our day when they embrace evil and reject the rule of Jesus the Messiah.