All we can do now is wait for the implosion and make the best of it.
Liberty, constitutionally limited government and self-government are dreams of the past. They aren’t coming back.
More and more I hear sentiments like this expressed openly by friends and acquaintances. These are good people, smart people who have given up on the idea of fighting back for the principles that made American great through the system. Everything’s been decided, they say. What’s the use? The system is broken. It’s not coming back. The old checks and balances conceived by our founders have been unchecked and unbalanced. America is adrift – morally, spiritually, politically. We’re like a rudderless ship simply following the current of fad and fashion. Ideas no longer matter. Truth no longer matters. Right and wrong no longer matter.
While I have sympathy for this point of view, and while I agree those espousing these ideas may be right, something inside of me just rejects giving up.
Am I wrong?
Did our Founding Fathers give up? Can anyone say they did not have some serious skin in the game? Why didn’t these mostly wealthy and smart people just accept what would look today like some minor infractions on liberty? Why did they risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for their ideals of liberty? And weren’t they facing equally tough odds?
I think a big part of the difference between them and us is that they had a strong foundation of faith. We do not.
Could it be that simple?
You don’t have to be a historian to know the founders were prayerful people. Even Benjamin Franklin, we’re told one of the least reverent of the founders, called the constitutional convention to prayer when it had reached an impasse. If he were actually a Deist – one who, by definition, believes God no longer is active in the affairs of men – why would he do so?
George Washington was convinced that God’s hand of providence was upon the against-all-odds struggle of the colonies in the War of Independence against the greatest military power of the 18th century.
I think he was right.
So why should Americans today throw up their hands in apathy?
Because they don’t believe in miracles. They don’t believe in the power of prayer. They don’t have the faith of a mustard seed.
That’s what’s really lacking in us today.
Yes, the odds are stacked against the idea that America can be turned around by conventional political arguments or grass-roots actions. Today’s federal government is infinitely more powerful than Great Britain’s was and seemingly less inclined to capitulate to the will of the people. Americans have been intentionally dumbed down to forget their history and to discard their moral values.
I get all that.
But don’t fret about it.
It’s time for those who believe in the power of the Creator of the universe to turn to Him – to follow His prescription for times like these.
Simple. Note the word “repentance.” That’s the key. This is a day of prayer not for the non-believer. This is exclusively for what I call the “remnant” of true believers across America, who number in the millions, to trust in and glory in the power and promises of God to deliver us from evil – if we only follow His prescription.
And what is that prescription?
It’s found very clearly in 2 Chronicles 7:14. It’s really worth taking another look at it. It’s worth studying. After all, these are the words of God as recorded by Solomon.
It’s very simple, yet very profound.
“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.”
God tells “His people” that if they do four things, He will do three things:
Our prescription is to:
seek His face
turn from our wicked ways.
That last one is about repentance. That’s the very definition of repentance – turning away from evil and back toward God. Repentance is an ongoing matter – not a once-in-a-lifetime event. And, along with humility, it’s where most believers fall short.
And what happens if believers alone do these four things?
God promises He will do three things:
He will hear our prayers
He will forgive our sins
He will heal our land
It sounds like a pretty good deal to me. And it’s a promise.