Is there hope for America?
In our nation and in our generation:
- Prayer has been kicked out of school
- Religious symbols (such as the Ten Commandments and nativity scenes) have been banned from public places
- Divorce rates have risen to roughly half of all marriages
- Gay marriage has become not only “acceptable,” but legal
- Illicit drug use has become legal
- Roughly 60 million unborn babies have been aborted
- Terror has reached our cities
- Christians have become less and less likely to uphold Christian values
To one degree or another, I suspect most everyone would agree that we are rapidly sliding into moral degradation. A nation founded on Christian principles almost 240 years ago now resembles something far different. We are in a death spiral, headed for destruction.
But is there hope for America?
I want to shout it loudly: YES! Yes, there is hope for America. Do I think we are on the right path toward regaining hope, no; but there IS indeed hope for America?
On what basis do I make that positive acclamation? On the Word and promise of a God and Savior who is merciful in the midst of our waywardness.
If I said, “potter and clay,” you would be somewhat familiar with Jeremiah 18, right? That is indeed where the Lord lectures the prophet Jeremiah about the potter’s command of the clay. It is not the clay that dictates to the potter, but the potter who does as he pleases to mold and shape the clay into any vessel he desires. Or to smash the clay design and start all over.
Such it is, God says, concerning the nations of the world! For it is God Himself who is the potter, able to fashion what He desires from the people and nations of the world. (Yes, there is personal application here, but we’re focusing on national application for now!)
So, if God is the potter and America is the clay, God will do whatever He chooses, so it is irrelevant whether or not our nation abides by Christian principles, right? Wrong!
Take a look at verses 7-10:
At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull down, or to destroy it; IF that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it. Or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to build up or to plant it; IF it does evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will think better of the good with which I had promised to bless it.
Read carefully. Do you see the “IF’s”? There truly IS hope for America! Don’t get me wrong: I don’t say that flippantly, as though we can blow through a generation sinning as we please and face no consequences. Indeed, there are consequences to everything we do.
But what I intend to say is this: IF we are humble enough to call evil evil, and to turn from it, God’s Word says He will relent concerning the calamity He planned to bring. Don’t think for one moment that calamity is not planned! Oh friends, if nothing else, the voices of 60 million murdered babies are calling out from the grave! Do you think our Creator God is deaf to those cries? Not on your life!
But it is not too late to turn. Granted, it is a very sharp turn…180 degrees, to be exact. But it IS possible. Most of us can quote 2 Chronicles 7:14 in our sleep:
[If] My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Finally, take another look at the Jeremiah passage above. Did you notice the second “IF”? God’s desire is to “build up or plant” nations, yet He is prevented from doing so IF that kingdom does evil or does not obey. I wonder how much blessing our nation is missing because God can’t bless us due to our evil and disobedience.
Oh, what would our nation be like if Christians would only heed God’s Word!
Anne Graham Lotz has called our nation to pray, and her brother, Franklin, is leading our nation in application of these principles. They are certainly not the only ones taking personal action, and calling our nation to it’s knees, but they are leading efforts to which we should all be responsive.
There is hope for America, my friends, and His name is Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:1) Make 2016 a year of prayer and a year of obedience to His Word! Encourage others in these things as well. (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 3:13)