PodcastWhat has truly made America great.
At critical moments in American history Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln sought God’s miraculous intervention, helping turn the tide of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Preserving the greatness of America.
By leading America and the world in participating in the National and Global Day of Repentance, America will be making a global declaration that we are seeking God’s hand to be on all nations who seek His sovereign will and welcome His ways.
If ancient Israel obeyed God, God promised to raise them up above all the nations on earth. The Pilgrims entered that same covenant with God, and despite America’s imperfections, God raised America up above every nation on earth economically, politically, geopolitically, scientifically, and technologically because God’s people in America endeavored to fulfill that covenant.
The miracles throughout American history confirm the truth of God’s plan for the United States. George Washington praying in the snow at Valley Forge for God’s help and wisdom, prior to the successful attack on enemy troops at Trenton, is a classic example.
The words in President Lincoln’s proclamation speak to us today. Are we too self-sufficient? Have we thought that our blessings have been produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own? Are we too proud to pray to the God that made us?
On July 12, 1775, in a letter to Abigail explaining the Continental Congress’ decision to declare a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer, Adams wrote: “We have appointed a Continental fast. Millions will be upon their knees at once before their great Creator, imploring his forgiveness and blessing; his smiles on American Council and arms.”
The proper “mortar” for any person or society is the Word of God. That word is eternal; it doesn’t change. Over the past few decades, our nation has drifted away from God’s Word. Popular culture urges us to do what feels good; all is relative; there is no heaven or hell.
The theme running throughout the Bible is God’s plan to bring his wayward sons and daughters back to himself. Whether he’s dealing with nations, houses of worship, or individuals, God always seeks reconciliation and restoration before he resorts to judgment.
More than ever before, we need to repent for the sins of our nation. Following the example of righteous Abraham, we must repent, pray and petition God to preserve our nation.
God is love and the greatest biblical commandments are to love God and our neighbors as ourselves. We must ask forgiveness for failing to demonstrate this love in countless ways, including empowering hatred in those we have judged in our own self-righteousness as being sinners when we ourselves are sinners saved through no merit of our own.
Throughout history, all the great revivals began with this idea: Repent and turn back to God. Throughout the Bible, God makes it clear that failure to obey this command will result in judgment. On many occasions in the Old Testament, the same cycle repeated: blessing, disobedience, warning, judgment, and repentance.