There is a question we should ask ourselves, and then put serious thought to our answer.
Is our country better off than it was eight years ago?
If your answer is yes then you need not read any further. If your answer is no then you have to ask the question why?
Assuming that you are not happy with the direction we are headed there are many possible answers.
You could blame political parties, politicians, corporate greed. All have a share in our troubles
You could blame president Obama and certainly he has earned a share of the responsibility. But without willing accomplices he would have been unable to accomplish very little.
But much of our current situation is due to our lack of education and apathetic involvement. As Christians lack of prayer and concern. The combination of these factors have allowed a political system to be put in place that quite frankly is beyond our power to control no matter who our next president might be.
The legislative, judicial and executive branch of government, our the education system, and much of big business seem increasingly opposed to what has been accepted as right and good not only in our country’s history but for most of all history.
And much of the blame rests on the shoulders of the public, Christians which are my tribe, and non-Christian alike. I asked a co-worker “what do you expect from government”. His reply? “that is a very good question”. A question he was unable to answer. With many Christians I know there is little concern about how the government interprets and acts on constitutional matters. Decisions that affect our religious freedoms. More important than “what do we expect from the government”, or ask not what the country can do for you but ask what can you do for your country”, is the bigger question what should we expect of ourselves as citizens of one of the greatest countries on earth? What is our role in the issues of our day, what is our responsibility to others?
A man named Nehemiah was faced with a similar situation. His homeland, his people, their lives, their freedom, were under the control of the enemies of his God. Nehemiah possibly had forgotten how bad it was, maybe because he had a pretty cushy job with the boss of his people’s oppressors, maybe because the situation in Jerusalem was far away, and time had dulled the urgency.
Whatever the reason Nehemiah’s response when he understood the urgency of the situation was anything but apathetic. I will allow him to speak in his own words.
“When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven”. Nehemiah fasted and prayed, cried out before God for four months. Nehemiah was broken by what was revealed to him.
Are we broken by what we see going on in our world?
Are we broken by the poverty, lives destroyed by drug addiction, by the lives broken by divorce, sexual immorality and sexual confusion.
Are we broken by the little ones sacrificed on the altar of profit and indifference.
Are we broken by police officers shot down in the streets? Broken by those who have no hope, who have been abandoned by their fathers, and exploited by a system that only sees them as votes and a means to power.
Are we broken by the injustice, the hunger, the hopelessness and a thousand other things that tell us we should be.
Or are we like Nehemiah unaware of things that do not touch our world.
Take a look around. What does the heart of God see that you do not?
Most important when you see what you do? Will you allow the hurt, the pain to break your heart as it does God’s? Will you allow the brokenness move you to action to make a difference? Or will you continue on and by your unwillingness to be broken, to be touched by things that do not affect you, contribute to things staying the same.
My voice is an insignificant voice among thousands, hundreds of thousands of voices. But if it reaches ten or 10,000 I want use my voice to encourage you to do what Nehemiah did.
Listen to the voices telling you things are not right, allow yourself to be broken by it and pray. Seek the God of Heaven and see what he will have you do.
I am privileged to be part of a church where the people and the pastor believe in the power of prayer. I have seen God do amazing things when we have been called to prayer. That power is available to all who will come to Him broken and ask as Isaiah did “Here am I, send me.”
I believe if we begin to call out to God He will listen, and you can put feet to your faith by joining us on September 30th forty days before the presidential election in 40 Days of Prayer for our nation. And praying daily for those in your neighborhood, your city.
You can follow our journey on www.facebook.com/40daysofprayerforamerica and you can pass this on to others who will pray.
You can begin preparing for that commitment today by praying and asking God what He would have you do.
God bless you and God bless and save America