I read my Bible daily and I read and hear of world events near continually, and I find myself ever asking, how can anyone miss the condition and state of our nation? Yet, it seems the masses are going about as if all is well, as if there is no massive financial crisis reaching around the globe, no spiritual darkness engulfing hearts and minds, no need for prayer; repentance; changes of the deepest kind. Yet, there is…
I’m reading a book called “The Harbinger,” by Jonathan Cahn, and though it is written in novel form, it tells the truth of where we are as a nation, where we are heading, and the source of our only hope. I agree with the book’s foundational messages and can literally see from where those messages originate. Here is an excerpt from the book:
“The call of repentance is for the righteous and unrighteous, the godly and the ungodly alike. If the righteous had been the lights they were called to be, the nation would never have fallen as it did.”
It goes on to say:
“America was founded on prayer. Therefore the removal of prayer from its public life was a central part of its fall from God. A nation that turns away from prayer will ultimately find itself in desperate need of it. The calamity [of 9/11] returned America to the ground of its consecration-the nation was being called to return to God in prayer.”
I well remember American churches overflowing for a few Sundays following the attacks of 9/11, but the flocking to churches quickly dissolved with no renewing of a commitment to God. Instead, our nation in arrogance and pride insisted we would overcome, build back stronger; more secure; better than before. Hasn’t happened, though, and quite certainly to me for obvious reasons. The reasons manifest as political but are surely far deeper than that. The reasons are matters of the heart. Spiritual darkness and failure to honor and stand for truth, refusal to seek God and surrender to His Lordship…these are the reasons for our downfall.
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:22) Elevating science above the truth of scripture is a rampant form of idolatry and removed the premise for the necessity of prayer; that God IS, and we are His creation, created for His glory; His purpose. Forsaking prayer and faith; equating all religions; disregarding God’s intentions and purposes for human life and lives; devaluing the gift of life, all of these things have separated us from God. It reminds me of when Israel wanted a King to rule over them instead of praising God for the gift of His guiding and providential care under which they lived.
Trillions of dollars in debt to a communist country, under threat of losing our basic American freedoms, led by one who changes his position and story as often as he sees need of more money for his campaign or to garner more votes from a particular group; who clearly does not hold firmly to any honorable core values of Christian faith, we as Americans are on dangerous grounds. Why take the time to pen my words of concern? Because we are called to speak and honor the truth of God’s Word.
Scripture tells us that there is no righteousness for man apart from faith, even before Christ came, faith was required. It still is and will forever be until our faith is made sight at Jesus’ return. Now, I’m writing this today with hope in mind. Hope for my children and grandchildren, and for all future generations that may come into existence.
Scripture indicates that for the righteous few, judgement might be delayed. Why is this so important to remember? Because it is up to each and every one of us to answer the call to righteousness; the righteousness that comes through faith. How does faith come? Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
I don’t know about you, but I can assuredly say, I can see no hope for our nation apart from a return to God and an outpouring of His forgiving mercy and grace. If I were not a believer, I would be petrified at the state of our nation, far more frightened than I find myself to be. Why? Because if judgement comes to my homeland and suffering abounds, my suffering can only linger until this body of mine ceases to breathe, and then I will be forever freed from sorrow and taken into Christ’s glorious light. But for those who know not my Lord, there suffering will be without end. How desperate the need for prayer, for righteousness!
Scripture tells us that God closes His ears to the prayers of those who refuse to walk in His ways. This is an unpopular message and one we seldom hear, but it is consistently presented throughout scripture. The only prayers that are heard by God are prayers offered in earnest: First a prayer of repentance, meaning, “Forgive me for I have sinned! Lord I will cease to sin against you in any intentional way!” And then prayers of surrender to walk in obedience to Him. After that, all else it to be prayed according to His will. Those are prayers we can have assurance He will honor and answer.
We know, from the truth of scripture, that God does not want anyone to perish; that He bids transgressors to “return unto Me.” His will is to bless, but He will not be mocked and demeaned…He is God.
“Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto Me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates. they are a trouble unto Me; I am weary to bear them. And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:13-18)
So to you and to me, may we fall on our knees, humbled at the feet of our Lord. First, may we truly and wholeheartedly repent, and then ask Him to spare our nation, at least for a time; for judgement to be delayed so that others may come to Him by faith and be made righteous in His sight. Scripture tells us that for the righteousness of even one, He might spare His wrath for a time. That lays a heavy weight of responsibility on each of us to be that one for the hope of many.