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I’ve been in and around politics, in one form or another, for 45 years – since 1968 when I was 14 years old.
But I’m here to tell you that we all need to reorient ourselves in how we pursue the goal of saving America from economic ruin, catastrophic attacks, cultural suicide and national judgment.
Politics is broken.
The government’s broken.
The economy’s broken.
The culture’s broken.
Our national security apparatus and intelligence agencies are broken.
In fact, I would go further and put it this way: Our national leaders who are steering this ship directly into the path of a Titanic-size iceberg aren’t some aberration or historical fluke. They represent just what we deserve.
And I don’t mean just the low-information voters deserve them. I don’t mean just the people who have turned to government as their god deserve them. I mean those of us who know better deserve them. I mean believers in the One True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob deserve them. I mean those who are called by His name deserve what we are getting.
Why do I say that?
Because we are fighting with all the wrong weapons, strategies and tactics. We are fighting with both hands tied behind our backs. We are not recognizing that we are fighting supernatural powers and principalities unarmed and unequipped.
Though we are not doing battle with just men and evil ideas, we are fighting as if we are.
I include myself in this indictment, so please don’t be offended by what I say.
I’m not telling anyone they should stop doing the good work they are doing or to throw up their hands in despair. I’m here to tell you there’s one thing we are not doing that could make all the difference in the world and save our country from destruction, just like all the empires of the world have fallen before.
I began to come to this conclusion about two years ago when I started work on a movie – “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment.” It’s been the No. 1 faith movie in the country for all of 2012 and 2013. It was in the making of that movie that a very familiar Bible verse to many of us suddenly began to take on new meaning for me.
It’s II Chronicles 7:14. Many of you probably know it by heart. But I want to take it apart for you because I believe it represents God’s very real, clear and one and only prescription for saving our country.
When I read this verse the first few hundred or thousand times, I somehow missed what it was saying. I thought that God’s words to Solomon were suggesting that the entire nation of Israel would need to repent and turn back to God before He would bless the nation and heal the land.
But that’s not what it says at all.
So let me walk through this verse with you: “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.”
This is a promise as much to us as Christian believers living in America today as it was a promise by God to believers living in Israel at the time of the first Temple. Why? Because as believers in Yeshua the Messiah we are grafted into the promises of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through His atoning sacrifice on the cross.
God is not waiting for all of America to repent. He’s not waiting for Barack Obama to call on His name and seek His face. He’s not waiting for the majority of Americans to turn back to Him to act and heal our land.
He’s waiting for His people who are called by His name to humble themselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. Then and only then will He hear our cries, forgive our sin and heal our land.
In other words, He is waiting to perform a miracle for us if we put all our faith in Him and not in our own worldly works.
This, I believe, is the missing ingredient in our desire to turn this country around.
And it’s with that in mind that I have embarked on a plan to put believers across America to the test.
Will we be obedient to this simple promise?
Our founders were. It’s striking when you read early American history how frequently they called for national days of prayer, fasting and humiliation. The idea of humiliation today sounds repugnant to us. But it’s simply another form of the word humility. And our great leaders of the past recognized how important it was for us to humble themselves before an almighty, all-knowing, all-powerful creator God to be effective.
Whenever the founders faced obstacles that seemed overwhelming to them they resorted to sincere prayer and fasting and humiliation. Even Benjamin Franklin, the so-called “deist,” made this call during the Constitutional Convention when it seemed like there could be no consensus among the founders.
Does anyone on this call doubt that if the remnant of true believers in America today did this that God would be faithful to His promise?
It’s with that in mind that I have begun organizing a National Day of Prayer and Fasting for Sept. 11, 2013, an auspicious date.
So far, Michele Bachmann has jumped on board and read a resolution into the Congressional Record. Pastor Greg Laurie has expressed his support and commitment to help. David Barton is behind it. Jonathan Cahn, the author of the best-selling book “The Harbinger,” the inspiration for “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” is helping and supportive. I have heard from thousands of people across the country since I first raised this idea a couple weeks ago in a column in WND. What I’m hearing is exciting because it seems like believers are getting it – that we are getting just what we deserve because we are not relying on God and following his prescription but rather fruitlessly trying to fix things with our own power and ingenuity.
So I am here today to ask you all to pray about this fervently and see if God does not give you the same answer He has given me. This is a time for us to clean ourselves up from sin, to sell ourselves out for Him and to cry out to the Lord God in desperation the way the children of Israel cried out to Him while in bondage in Egypt.
How many righteous people does it take for God to spare judgment on a nation?
We get a clue in Genesis when Abraham bargains with God to spare Sodom and Gomorrah. It would have only taken 10. But 10 could not be found. I don’t know how many righteous people it takes to save a nation the size of the United States, but I believe there are still enough if we can get them to take the prescription of II Chronicles 7:14 seriously – very, very seriously – and follow it to the letter and in the spirit of humility and repentance.
I am absolutely convinced this is the only thing that can bring us real victory and save our nation from destruction.