If My People...

This election year has brought the Scripture found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to the forefront in most Christian’s lives. Though our nation was founded on Christian principles it has eroded to being a nation in identity crisis.
When America was young most of the population were Christians. “At least 51 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention were members of Christian churches. Leading political figures in the founding of America quoted the Bible more than any other source.”
Through the years we have enjoyed the blessings of God because of being a Christian nation. Back then Christian lives lined up with the Bible, and most attended church on Sundays. America has been in moral decline for many years and it has affected the direction and blessings of this nation.
We are no longer known as a Christian nation. As President Obama stated in June of 2007, when he told CBS, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation”. On April 19, 2009, President Barack Obama stated at a press conference in Turkey that Americans “do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Muslim nation, but rather, a nation of citizens who are, uh, bound by a set of values”.
Is this new direction for our country the fault of all America? No, as Scripture clearly states a nation in need of healing has a populous of God’s people that need to turn from their own wicked ways. And this is very true concerning America’s modern day Church. We are in a national identity crisis in our nation as never before.
God’s Word, the Bible, gives us clear direction for healing of our nation. There are none of us without sin. Our nation is in desperate need of healing and clear redirection. For our nation to be redirected towards being a Christian nation again will not come with electing a new President, but it will come with God’s people getting on their knees, turning from their own wicked ways, and crying out to God. His promise is that when we do this He will hear from Heaven and heal our land. 2 Chronicles 7:14, 15. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”
I have heard numerous sermons over the last few years concerning those verses in church meetings. And most have said that our country needs to repent and then we will have revival and awakening. But these verses are very clear that it is God’s people who are the ones in need to repent, and we are the ones who need to get it right with God for our land to be healed.
At a recent service I attended I heard this Scripture preached in the way it was written by God in the Bible. At the end of the service the altars were open for believers to pray and seek the Lord for forgiveness. Many were at the altars praying, but many were not. I don’t think we get it as Christians; we are living in a nation that is fallen. Many who claim to be Christians are so neutralized they are no longer salt on earth.
Apathy has settled on the American church and covered it with a worldly dust. If there ever was an hour to up and shake off that dust, this is it! As the dust goes the fire of God will shine bright through you.
The Christian teachings in America have become boiled down to greasy grace. The flavor of vibrant Christian life has almost been lost. There are so many teachers heard, and Christian books written with so many different thoughts, the true Way has been fogged.
This is it Church! America stands at the brink of progression into persecution of those who believe the Bible and live it. This is the time; more than any other in the history of our nation, to rise up, shake off humanistic thinking, and take a firm stand in your faith.
To get back to the Way we must get back to the Bible. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. We first must get it right with Jesus. We must ask God to search our hearts and see if there be any wicked way in us. If His Holy Spirit enlightens an area that needs repentance that must be carried through. We must humble ourselves and pray. When that process is completed the Bible clearly promises that God will hear our prayers and heal our land. It is so simple! But for a proud people humbling does not come easy.
Let us again pull out our Bibles and read them daily, taking the words like our life substance. Again we need to step out and evangelize. More than most other nations at this point, America needs evangelizing. Reach out to your neighbors, friends, and those you meet along your journey through life. Pray for God to shed His light on the Bible, so the Way will again become clear, not only for you, but also for our nation.
We are in the most difficult president election that I have witnessed. This election has clearly shown to what level our nation has dropped. Even though we probably won’t agree with the candidates, use your God given right to vote. Hear what they said and vote for those who stand for life in the womb, for the creation of man and woman for marriage, and the freedom to walk in Christian faith in our school campuses and all other government places. At one time Christian faith was welcomed everywhere in this nation. That can be regained if His people will get on their knees and cry out in repentance. God promises healing to our land. Let us be assured of our true identity again as a Christian nation again.