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Walk awhile with me. Enthralled by this crossroad. Entwined in the passion that springs from the heart of God.  Enveloped in His Words that strike a unified cord in our hearts to nourish and encourage us in life’s journey for this moment in time.

 

My husband walks in the door in the evening, punches on the TV and listens to the news—nonstop—6:00 to 10:300. By the time he’s ready to call it a day, I’m ready to mount a siege, write my congressman and strangle most of our leaders. And my husband goes to sleep.

Tonight brought the news that forty-nine people have been shot on the south side of Chicago in the past three days. That’s right—in three days. That’s more than have been killed in Afghanistan in months. One of the victims, a little six year old girl playing in her yard.

How did we get here?

A pastor from the south side of Chicago talked with the commentator and when asked what he thought the solution to this town’s problem was the pastor suggested the problems occurred because those committing these crimes felt hopeless and we, Americans, should send more money, create more programs, and volunteer to help in this war zone. He made no mention of the need for a transformation of the heart that only Jesus can give. Nor did he call their actions what God calls them—an abomination.

God identified the problem centuries ago and the answer is the same today. (Jeremiah 17:9 NKJ)

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?

That’s why Jesus had to die, for my wicked heart and for your wicked heart.

God lists the seven things that are an abomination to Him in Proverbs 6:18 (NKJ):

A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies and one who sows discord among brethren.

America is a nation divided against itself and God says:

            “And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” Mark   3:24 (NKJ)     

So, is there any way out of this destructive maze?  Yes!

It’s time the body of Christ becomes so appalled at our sins as a nation, that we tremble at the open rebellion in America and the compromise of the Word of God in the church. So appalled that we sit before the Lord God Almighty for a day of mourning for sins that we’ve ignored and grown accustomed to.

Reading the account of Ezra, I’m convicted of the lackadaisical way I come to worship The Lord God. In the past I’ve been stirred up over unrighteousness then dismissed or forgotten the incidents, too busy to even pray about them.

I have pointed my judgmental finger at the White House, Congress, Courts, rogue terrorists and those who refuse to be responsible, law abiding citizens—blaming them for all the troubles and divisiveness in America.  But II Chronicles 7:13-14 (NKJ) points the finger of blame at Church of Jesus Christ.

“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if  I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and 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.”

Oh Church, we are not connecting the dots. Our land is being devoured by killer tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, riots, disease, collapse of financial markets , unprecedented man-made disasters.  Our money goes into pockets with holes in them because we have stolen from God. Crimes of every descriptions continue unchecked from our city streets up to the highest offices of our government—all consequences of our refusal to call our problems what they are—sin and rebellion to God and His Word.

God either causes catastrophes or they are allowed by His hand in order to call His people to repent and turn away from our religious apathy and turn back to Him (Isaiah 45:5-7 NKJ). We’re instructed to be holy and set apart, living by the principles and precepts of His Holy Word. Ezra’s words call us to set our hearts to study, know, practice, and teach His statutes and ordinances in this land He blessed and gave to our forefathers.

Never in the history of our nation have there been like days.  In God’s providence, each one of us has been placed in this moment “for such a time as this”.  Will you sit appalled with me? Will you join me to study the Word of God and be diligent to allow His Word to change the way we think?

Only after we have heard and responded to the Word of God can we legitimately fall on our knees like Ezra did in Ezra 9:3-4 pleading for His mercy, grace, and restoration—for our relationship with Him, then for our nation.

Will you join me in asking God to send the fresh wind and fire of His Spirit to blow across our hearts and then through the churches in this land, bringing God’s cleansing, healing and restorative power to the Body of Christ.

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