Driving to see family on this Easter Sunday, the Holy Spirit gave me the idea for this blog post. I was thinking about this nation, this great U.S.A. that I love, where I was born and raised, and the country I call home. I was thinking about things I’ve read and heard concerning the decline of Godly principles in America and how no matter what happens in the political arena or our nation, we really are fighting a spiritual battle that will only be won through prayer, the prayer of God’s people. If we don’t pray, who will?
I often think of the words from 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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Christians…all who claim the name of Jesus Christ…all who love this land we call America…if we don’t fight this spiritual battle with prayer for this land, who will?
I believe God is calling His church to rise up and pray and intercede for our nation. For far too long, many Christians within the church have felt that Christianity and politics do not mix, but if you look at the way our nation was founded and read quotations written by our Founding Fathers, you will see that this nation was founded on Godly principles and we were warned from the beginning by those same Founders to always seek God and put Him first in our laws and our lives.
Ted and I have been participating in a 12-week Truth Project study where we have become more and more enlightened to falsehoods prevalent within our society today. There has been a slow but steady decline throughout my entire lifetime where God has been removed from the public sector of our society one step at a time. In fact, the myth of “separation of church and state” has been taught for so long that people misunderstand the meaning of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Read for yourself what the First Amendment says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The early settlers came to America to live free from the British government’s control over the church. These men and women wanted to worship God and to be governed by His laws according to His word not according to governmental dictate. As stated in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
I think of the song from the 1990s by Carman, “We need God in America Again.” How this song still applies to our nation today.
Rise up church, and pray!! Rise up fellow Christians, and pray!! Rise up all you who follow Jesus Christ, and pray!! Pray that we bring God back to America again!!
If we don’t, who will?