My hearts desire and prayer to God for America is that they will be saved. For we have been blessed by God greatly and we have the truth widely proclaimed throughout our land, but we have like all sheep gone astray. Our sin has separated us from a holy God. We call good evil and evil good. We slaughter the innocent and we condemn the just and there is no fear of God before our eyes. It is cause for weeping. It is cause for prayer. It is cause to stand up for truth and to speak out against sin.
But we have never lacked cause. We have had cause for these things our entire lives. In the last days perilous times will come. Evil men will wax worse and worse. Wolves will sneak into the flock. Temptations will abound and many who claimed the name of Christ will wax cold in their love. But this, also, is not new.
What does God require of us? What does God require of our nation? What does God require of me (and of you)? To do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. We cannot all march on New York this week, this month, this year – God does not call us too. We cannot all run for a political office, we cannot all pastor, we cannot all go down to abortion clinics and adopt, we cannot all do any of these things.
We can all pray. We can all obey the commands given to us. We can all fear God and keep his commandments for this is our sole duty. We are not meant to bring about the revival of America, for we cannot do it. And as God does not call each of us to go to do each of these different things, God does call us to pray for laborers. God’s expectation on us is not the impossible. God can do it all. God can end abortion, stop sin, bring revival, save a nation – He can do it all. We can do what is our duty to do.
Sin is an atrocity. Unfortunately and shamefully we have (often times) shielded our eyes from the atrocity because we would rather be comfortable in our American Christianity. (I speak from personal experience.) This wickedness that is flaunted before us daily is not new and should drive us only to God. The sweetness of heaven should appear, oh, so much sweeter. The devastation of sin should not seem theoretical but instead a daily practical vision of evil before us to drive us to God.
Some may say, “What then can be done?” I’ve already quoted the answer to that. As you walk with God and as God leads you, you may be convicted to do something more or different than you are now. Or you may not. But the plain truth of Scripture does require something if you claim Christ.
God used people to abolish slavery. God used people to defeat the Nazis and put a stop to the holocaust. God can use people to end abortion, to end this attack on biblical marriage and biblical sexuality. We must be willing to do what God requires of us. That may never be more than praying on these two particular issues. Or it may mean becoming the face of a movement and sacrificing our current jobs, ambitions, and desires to God’s will as we embark on a life changing course. Only God knows, but we must be willing. We must be praying. We must be sensitive to His leading and we must walk with Him.
We must be careful to guard our hearts. Our hope must be only in God. The faith that is divided is a faith that will fail. When we begin to trust in something else we will have discouragement, fear, frustration, anger, and bitterness. Our hope is in Jesus Christ. It is not in a political party, a president, a Supreme Court, a movement, great preachers, etc. Our hope is in Jesus Christ.
The things we say affect our minds and hearts. If we are not careful what we are posting or speaking about, we can easily begin to shift our focus from Christ to anything else. As we do this, we will pray less, we will walk with God less, and we will do more damage to our cause – the gospel – then we would have to remain silent and prayerful in our closets. Seek the Lord while He may be found.
A tragedy within the church is that we say it is about a relationship and we ignore the relationship. We sing about Christ alone and we ignore Christ. We sing the power of Jesus name, and live in the powerless fear of our flesh.
Seek the Lord!
15 minutes of prayer is 1% of your day. 1%! Can you not spend 15 minutes praying to our Savior, our Friend? Can we not spend 15 minutes listening to Him in His Word? That’s a whole 2% we are giving Him. Maybe 3 hours of service each week (if you attend three hours), gives you another 2%. So 4% of your week, your life – that’s what God gets when He gives you His name, His family, His peace, His strength, His love, and His life?
Seek the Lord!
My heart’s desire and prayer to God for His church is that we might know Jesus. That we might pursue Him personally, individually, and with total abandon of everything else (including ourself, our families, and this country).
May God give us conviction and desire that we might know Him.