With regards to Sandra Merrill's post from Zephaniah, anyone who has studied or even read the scriptures, especially pertaining to the "minor prophets" know that they were mainly speaking to Israel. God repeatedly (and lovingly) warns Israel to turn back to Him instead of turning away from Him as they had continuously done for many generations. He showed His anger and jealousy toward them in many ways, including through the prophets. This is obviously not meant for the US or any temporary western nation. People need to read through the "minor prophets" books to learn that it is almost always pertaining to Israel.