Let Us Pray for America

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.

Martin Luther King

In the news each day we have stories that continually underscore the need for a return to common sense - and to prayer. On the business channel they debate how much debt we should leave to our children and grandchildren. In the halls of government, they debate how much money to take from those who work for a living to give to those who vote for a living. In everything it seems that it is the rich against the poor, the young against the old, the republicans against the democrats... and we realize that we are a divided nation - so what can we do?

On June 28, 1787, men were meeting to decide the course of a nation. They were at a hopeless stalemate and many were ready to call it quits and return home to thirteen individual colonies, rather than to persevere in the noble task of becoming one nation under God. That's when Ben Franklin got to his feet and reminded those present of something they had all seemed to have forgotten. Here is a portion of that plea:

"In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine assistance. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor... Have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance?

 We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel."

The men listened to that elder statesman that day and the convention recessed for three days of preaching and prayer. When they reconvened on July 2, they did so as a group of individuals determined to become a united nation. Could it be just barely possible that we could accomplish the same thing again, if we became a nation that returned to God in repentance and in prayer? Or, have we just become too sophisticated, proud and utterly devoid of common sense? I am convinced that it is not too late to humble ourselves and beseech our Maker in prayer for His help. But, we better start soon!

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. 

James 5:13, NIV

 

Morning in America

"It's morning again in America."

Ronald Reagan's re-election theme in 1984

 

Reagan's re-election run of 1984 resulted in one of the greatest landslide victories ever recorded in an American Presidential race. One of the primary reasons for this historic victory was the President's incredible optimism for America. It was an exciting time to be an American, for truly we were on the verge of something big!

 

I was a young business man at the time, two years out of college and struggling to make a go of it with my wife of two years, our new son, and a struggling appraisal practice. Carolyn and I drove a 1976 GMC Pacer that we had bought for $250. We lived in a one bedroom apartment, ate beans and cornbread for as many meals as we could stand, and worshiped with the church as often as the doors were open. It was an exciting time and it was morning in the Bloodworth household. Truly, our family was on the verge of something big.

 

Thirty years have now gone by and, at times, it seems as if maybe it's no longer morning in America. Sometimes it even seems later that we think, because we look at all of the challenges, all of the troubles and all of the sin in America, and we wonder how much longer God will let us continue.

 

Our new grandson came into this world owing over $50,000 as his part of the national debt, plus another $300,000 as his part of his nation's unfunded liabilities for things like future Social Security and various other government promises. This same grandson was born into an America where nearly one in every three of his fellow babies were aborted before they ever saw the light of day. He was born into a nation with it's worst racial divides since the 1960's. He came into an America where homosexuality was glorified, where couples living together without the benefit of marriage was the new norm, and where you could talk about any religion that you wanted to in the public squares as long as you didn't mention the names of God or Christ.

 

We look at all of this and we might be tempted to say that it is no longer morning in America - and we would be right if we are willing to give up. But we cannot give up, because that is not only not the American way, more importantly, it is not the Christian way! This nation can and must be salvaged from those who would dare to attack her. This nation can and must be rescued from the abortionists, from the sexually immoral, from the profligate spenders of our grandchildren's future wages, and especially from those who would attempt to silence we who believe that Christ is Lord and Master of America.

 

It can be morning in America again, if enough Americans believe that the nation is worth fighting for. But regardless of what happens to our nation, it can and must be morning again in your personal household. The way to make that desire a reality is this:

 

Read your Bible as much as you can, pray as much as you can, and worship with the church you find described in the Bible as much as you can.

 

If you will do this, you will not only re-establish hope into your family again, but you will re-establish hope into your corner of America again. 

 

And, hope is contagious!

 

And, if enough people catch that hope, it will not only become morning in America again, it will become morning in our souls again.

 

Do you believe... that it can be done?

 

"We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, Whom He has given us."

"God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."

Romans 5:3-5 & Hebrews 6:18, NIV 

The Health Care Law and Abortion

I frankly don't care if you agree with my stand on abortion. I take that stand because no other stand is consistent with decent principles, and no other standard is consistent with the will of God. Alan Keyes

I like Alan Keyes. I voted for him when he ran for president, because of his willingness to take an unapologetic stand whenever such a stand was necessary. I don't like Barack Obama. He, too, is willing to take unapologetic stands, but so many of those stands are for standards that are not consistent with the will of God.

Perhaps no other issue exposes this flaw of character as does the health care bill. It allows taxpayers to pay for abortion, in fact, it requires them to. How is that, you may ask. The president has clearly stated that you don't have to pay for abortion if you don't want to.

This is a lie.

Universal health care requires that everyone take part. All of our tax money goes into the same basic pool. Since money is fungible, part of the money you pay will go to paying for abortions. You can argue until you are blue in the face that this is not so, but consider this: Does it really matter if you take a gallon of water from the deep end or the shallow end of the pool? Isn't the pool one gallon emptier regardless of which end you take it out of? And, if all Americans have to take part in health care, and the government will pay for people too poor to pay for it themselves, and if some of those poor people choose plans that offer abortion, and you are a tax payer... isn't it true that you are paying for abortions?

The nation of Israel decided that they could take part in the sacrifice of their babies, once upon a time, so God destroyed them. Do you think that He will really allow us to take part in abortion in modern times? It is time to take a stand!

They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood. They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves. Therefore the Lord was angry with His people and abhorred His inheritance. Psalms 106:37-39, NIV

 

Restoring Greatness

We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all alone men ought to be obedient.

He reigns in Heaven... Samuel Adams 1776

When trying to determine the exact cause of America's greatness throughout the years, one only has to read the words of the men who founded this nation. With few exceptions, the founders believed that the true head of this nation was God, and God alone. It was this belief that shaped their decisions. It was their belief that a nation should be ruled by THE King and not a king that gave them the courage to declare independence.

A few years later, it was this belief that allowed a group of men with widely diverse opinions and interests to agree on the things that were of true importance: That all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness.

Throughout the years, men and women of prominence have rested on this understanding that our nation was ruled by God and not men. This is the true secret of our success. It has been for over two hundred years, and this success will only continue as long as this nation does not forget just Who rules the lives of men.

I think that some of our elected officials in recent years have forgotten this important fact. It seems that some of them have been bold enough to think that they govern the lives of men, rather than having their lives governed by God. As a result, our nation's greatness has slipped a few notches. Many are puzzled by this decline, thinking that if they could only be given a bit more power and a bit more authority that America's greatness can be restored.

But the only way that greatness can be restored is by putting God back in His rightful place as Head of our nation. Of course, He has never left His rightful position as the Sovereign. It's just that unrighteous men have deluded themselves into thinking that they are our leaders, instead of public servants. More important, they have forgotten that they are servants of God.

If we are ever to restore America to the great nation that it once was, it will only be because we have learned what we seem to have temporarily forgot: Restoring greatness means restoring God.

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, "The Lord reigns". 

 

The Founding Fathers' Preacher

"It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor the preacher."

George Whitefield

 

One of the greatest preachers of the religious revival that historians refer to as The First Great Awakening, was George Whitefield. After preaching for years in England, Whitefield went to America and preached to huge crowds that numbered in the thousands. Benjamin Franklin conducted an experiment while Whitefield preached in Philadelphia in which he estimated that Whitefield's voice was such that as many as 125,000 people would have been able to have heard it at one time.

 

But it was not the volume that inspired our forefathers and mothers, it was his message. Whitefield was able to rouse a spiritually sleepy people because he brought a message of power and of personal responsibility. And while many preachers today are scared to death of offending their listeners, George Whitefield had a firm belief that if the Gospel offended, it was up to the people to change, not the Gospel.

 

George Whitefield has been given credit by historians as being one of the main catalysts of the Revolution, not because he preached revolution, but because he was not afraid to preach the Gospel. And, to the occasional dismay of people in power, the Good News can shed the light on corrupt leaders in such a way as to make those who are led very, very, very dissatisfied.

 

I think about Whitefield and about his understanding that sometimes a good sermon needs to give offense. Many modern day preachers refuse to preach on the Bible-based topics like sexual immorality, abortion, drunkenness, and greed because they are afraid it will displease their hearers. Sometimes these same men are afraid to preach on such topics because their elders (or other authorities who write their checks) would be displeased.

 

So we find ourselves in a nation where the schools teach that sexual perversion is normal, and the preachers say nothing, where the social events that the people like to go to support drunkenness, and the preachers say nothing, where we are forced by an evil government to help pay for abortions of the wicked, and the preachers say nothing, and where boys and girls are living together and making babies out of wedlock, and the preachers say nothing.

 

I don't know if the American Revolution would have ever occurred had our modern day preachers been the voice of the Gospel in the 1700's. I don't think that most would have had the courage to offend their hearers.

 

"I give you this charge: Preach the word, be prepared in season and out of season, correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear."

II Timothy 4:1-3, NIV