In simple fact, I can’t really even change myself in my own strength much less the world. I can exercise self-control. I can work to present a better image. I can identify the kinks in my armor and work to hammer them out. There is much I can do to present myself a better person and I can work diligently to inform and encourage others to DO BETTER but the real change is in the heart and I cannot change that, only God can!
Some will reject that because they are not religious and I understand the rejection but ask, “How much of your surroundings can you change by willing them to change or worrying?” Jesus addresses this in Matthew 6 and gives us the solution. I am convinced that much of our effort today is misdirected albeit well-intentioned. We do what we do with a desire to reclaim our rogue government, reestablish our constitutional liberties and rights, and return our Republic to her guiding principles. It is a noble effort and one that cannot be abandoned but are we being as successful as we would like? I can answer that for myself using one word NO!
I have been praying for our leaders and that is a biblical mandate. I have been praying for my nation and that is right. I have been praying for the lost and that is biblical. I have been praying for my own heart and that too is directed in scripture. At times, it almost appears that God is turning a deaf ear to our cries for America and maybe He is. If He is then it is imperative to find out why and what He desires from us. (I believe that deep inside we know.)
America has, in my view, lost its moral mooring on numerous fronts. We have taken steps to evict God from anything public or supported by tax-payer dollars while using those funds to support abortion and things that are diametrically opposed to God’s written word. We allow the followers of Islam to pray on public grounds but ban Christians that privilege. We endorse sexual behavior the Bible and past societies deem deviant while attempt to legislate those in opposition to not just accept but to help facilitate. Deceit and following the philosophy of ‘the end justifies the means’ are acceptable norms but ethics, integrity, honesty and personal responsibility are ridiculed. We have become a society where we call evil good and good evil. Some have said that if God does not judge America He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. I do not believe God has to apologize to anyone and He is incredibly longsuffering. If you recall He was willing to spare those cities if TEN RIGHTEOUS could be found. I am confident there are more than TEN in America but our righteousness are as filthy rags in comparison to Him.
Is there anything we can do? YES! The Bible gives us numerous directives including 2 Chronicles 7:14 is a call to repentance, humbling ourselves and prayer. Although we are not islands the only person we are truly responsible for other than our children while in our care is OURSELVES. Therefore, if I want to change the world I need to take steps to change me. I personally am devotedly a follower of Christ, a believer in the legitimacy of the Constitution of these United States of America and patriotic. I labor to inform, identify and warn of dangers individually, nationally, and spiritually but is there more I can do? YES!
My heart has been directed to pray for the Church and the Church Leaders in a new way. I am praying that a door will be open for them to advance the Gospel but I am now praying that God will give them boldness and willingness to STAND FOR HIS TRUTH and RIGHT. I am praying that God will drag them into the political process even if kicking and screaming. I am not asking that God make them politicians but that God cause them to have the heart to declare truth to those following them. Truth whether convenient or inconvenient! Truth whether it fits Political Correctness! TRUTH! I ask God to send men and women to the pulpits throughout the land with TRUTH. I do not ask them to be Republican, Democrat, Independent or Libertarian but I ask them to be TELLERS OF TRUTH.
If lives matter than speak for life! If honesty matters then speak against dishonesty and for honesty! If integrity matters then expose the lack thereof and encourage honesty, ethics, personal responsibility and commitment. If Freedom matters then labor to see men free! I ask every Christian leader, every Christian and every person to consider David’s Prayer and make it the objective or your heart.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 Amplified)
I LOVE AMERICA and desire her restoration to the founding principles upon which she was birthed as revealed in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. I believe that if we return to those principles the propitious smiles of Heaven will be upon her again.
God bless you and God bless America!