Interesting article and some interesting comments to the question.
Does the USA have special favor in the eyes of God?
Republicans are making political hay by reviving this idea — as old as the first colonialists — that this is a land favored by the Lord with an exceptional destiny, according to Karen Tumulty in today’s Washington Post.
She reviews the latest outbreak of “American Exceptionalism”set in the context of hinting that GOP talkers say President Obama is not on board with this idea.
But not all Americans are on board with it and some theologians consider it blasphemy to imply that God waited from the time of creation to find one small nation to be the special favorite above all others.