Post-it Note #27: Hope for America?

I was at a conference this week that was highlighting our political situation in America.  The truth of the matter is that our liberties are being stripped away one by one.  I sat there with my jaw dropping, my eyes brimming with tears and my heart breaking at how much we have lost as a nation.  We have been blinded to the deception and the lies.  And the saddest part, is that we have let it happen.  Our President said we are not longer a Christian nation.  If the Christians of America are too apathetic to register to vote and only a fraction of those registered to vote actually do, then perhaps he’s right.  If we are to be a Christian nation, then we must act like Christians, fulfill our Christian duty to represent Christ in every area, including the government, and stop sitting around on our hands and then complaining when those who represent us make choices we don’t agree with!

I really am not a picketing, petition signing, make a noise kind of girl when it comes to politics, but I was sharply convicted this week that I haven’t been a praying kind of girl either.  I pray about everything from getting a left hand turn to finding my keys and was struck at how long it had been since I prayed for our government leaders.

And that my friends, prayer in the only true God, YAHWAH, is the only hope for America.  It doesn’t matter your politics or which wing you represent, God desires His people to pray for their nation.  2 Chronicles 7:14: “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  It doesn’t matter what party has the president, God is King and He’s still on the throne.

While at this conference we had a little history lesson about the politicians who were trying to write our Constitution.  They studied other countries and history trying to come up with a model but they couldn’t come to any terms.  For about 5 weeks they argued and fussed and griped and accomplished nothing.  Then Benjamin Franklin (81 years old) who had been quiet most of the proceedings, asked to speak to the Constitutional Convention and this is what he said:

“Mr. President

The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other-our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.

In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor.

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?”

And with that, this Constitutional Convention fasted and prayed for 3 days and then was successful in coming up with our Constitution……a document unlike any other in history. Might we learn something from our ancestors about where to turn when the political situation is a mess or a nation is in turmoil?

Prayer.  People believing God is still on the throne.  It changes everything.  When is the last time you prayed for the President of the United States of America?  You don’t have to like him, but you do need to pray for him and to do otherwise is to make a mockery of God….Romans 13:1: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

I heard former Senator Bob McEwen, of Ohio say that almost every country goes through about a 200 year political cycle that consist of these things:

BONDAGE…then ..SPIRITUAL TRUTH…then…GREAT COURAGE…then…LIBERTY…then…ABUNDANCE..then…   SELFISHNESS..then…COMPLACENCY…then….APATHY….                       then….DEPENDENCE…then back to…BONDAGE

Sad.  True of America.  I see us.  We have gone through all these levels.  Today most of America (including the Evangelical Christian) is apathetic (we just don’t care…..shame on us) and so many are completely dependent on the government.  The next step is bondage.  Our liberties taken.

Of all the countries facing this cycle, only one has ever reversed the cycle.  That is the Nation of Israel.  God’s people.  God has done the miraculous with that tiny nation.  For those who do not believe in God they only need to look to His people and the miracle that they are.

Only the Nation of Israel and America were founded on God’s Word.  No other countries exist that were founded on the principles established by God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  God Himself picked the Nation of Israel and He has been gracious to us and blessed us for our faith in Him alone for generations.  We may have failed Him in this generation, but He won’t fail us.  If God can do it with Israel, He can do it with us.  God is great at honoring the prayers of a remnant.  We can be that remnant.  We can see revival in our land.

There’s an excellent story in 2 Chronicles where King Jehoshaphat faces an unbelievable invasion of his country that wanted to destroy their way of life (can we relate?)  But instead of drawing up petitions and lobbying for support, he called the people to turn to God.  He focused on The King in prayer.  In praise.  In thanksgiving.  And God won the battle.  Take a few minutes and read this incredible account and see what we can learn from this king and the God he served.  I believe we can follow his lead and see victory in our nation, in our churches, in our homes, in our hearts.  Blessings friends.  Have a great weekend!

2 Chronicles 20

Jehoshaphat Defeats Moab and Ammon

20 After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites[a] came to wage war against Jehoshaphat.

Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom,[b] from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi). Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.

Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard and said:

“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’

10 “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. 11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. 12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

13 All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord.

14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.

15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”

18 Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. 19 Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his[c] holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:

“Give thanks to the Lord,
for his love endures forever.”

22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. 23 The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

24 When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped. 25 So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing[d] and also articles of value—more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it. 26 On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berakah, where they praised the Lord. This is why it is called the Valley of Berakah[e] to this day.

27 Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully to Jerusalem, for the Lord had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies. 28 They entered Jerusalem and went to the temple of the Lord with harps and lyres and trumpets.

29 The fear of God came on all the surrounding kingdoms when they heard how the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.