Thursday, February 26, 2009
If We Will Repent...
Psa 85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
Psa 85:7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
America's crown has fallen. This mighty and blessed nation has come a "fer piece" from where she once was. Our founding fathers and the other great generations would be hard pressed to recognize this as the nation they established and handed down.
Most of our nation's history was replete with righteousness and dependence on the Almighty, recognizing Him as our Creator and Sustainer. Suddenly, we now resemble post-Christian, post-modern Europe where God is viewed as irrelevant to everyday life.
This is not a liberal/conservative problem, neither is it a democrat/republican thing. It is a shift in culture away from God because, as Romans 1 tells us, "even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to those things which are not convenient."
God is not a convenient concept to most Americans anymore. Why trust a God who demands moral piety, when we can depend on big government with no strings attached?
Heaven only knows if and when our populace is going to wake up and see just how far the crown has fallen.
Today's Scripture does indicate that nations which have lost all moral underpinnings can indeed find favor with God once again and be brought back from captivity (vs 1). We find that He would be willing to forgive the iniquity of a people (vs 2). God may turn away his wrath and anger, (vss 3-5). But we must first have revival!
II Chronicles outlines the recipe for revival, we must humble ourselves, pray, seek the Father's face and turn from our wicked ways. Only then will God hear from heaven, forgive our national sins and heal this land.
We can point our fingers at the deteriorating culture all day and cry "foul!" about abortion, porn, socialism, gay marriage, trash TV and the like. But we are told that judgment must first begin at the house of God!
Until Christians hit their knees and repent and then hit the highways and the hedges and start winning souls to Jesus, this nation will never see a mighty move of God again. But alas, we are at ease in Zion, living off the fat of the land, not even sensing God's righteous indignation and the coming destruction of our formerly blessed homeland.
We never learn from history, do we? Nations are brought low because they forget God. Once mighty Britain, upon whose empire the sun never set, is now a 2nd rate toothless old nation plagued by debauchery. Babylon thumbed her nose at the Almighty and fell to the Persians, whose corruption, in turn, gave way to the hedonist Greeks, whose pantheon of lesser gods could not stay the onslaught of the mighty Romans. Rome crumbled from corruption within. Israel witnessed her own decline on a regular and cyclical basis because she neglected her God. The nations that forget God shall be turned into hell!
And what makes us think that a godless America is going to escape the ash heap of history. If we continue to pump our rebellious fists heavenward, we are goners!
But if we will repent...