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How God’s People Can Bring Healing To America

Over the last few weeks, I have come across several different messages from different sources, with the same central theme. So I believe God is trying to tell me something, and wants me to share it: we need to pray for our nation.

One does not have to look far or think very long to understand the times we’re living in: from natural disasters to public unrest to the pandemic, to the degradation of family and increase of sin of every kind. I believe it is because we, as a country, have abandoned God or turned away from God, that things are the way they are. Because our country has rejected God, God has allowed us as a country to be left to our own devices, and this is what happens. (See Romans 1:18-32)

We have removed God from so many areas of our society – schools, courthouses, just about any public place – even though America was founded as “one nation under God.” Sadly, this has been going on for years. My guitar case is covered in bumper stickers I have collected over the years, and one of them that I probably picked up 20 years ago, says this:

Dear God, why do you allow so much violence in our schools? – a concerned student / Dear Concerned student, I’m not allowed in schools. – God.

God is all-powerful, but He also gives us the free will to make choices, and will allow us to experience the consequence of our choices.

But things can turn around. We have to remember that nothing is too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:27). Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). The key is that it starts with God’s people. It can be very tempting for those who believe in God, who follow Jesus Christ, to point to people “out there” who take part in all manner of sinful acts. But God tells us in His Word:

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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) (emphasis added)

We can pray on behalf of our nation, like Daniel did (Daniel 9:4-19). We can pray for our nation, and acknowledge our own sin in the process, like Nehemiah did (Nehemiah 1:4-11). Another example is Isaiah, who was a prophet of God – who spoke God’s word to the people – yet he had to admit that he was a man of “unclean lips” before he confessed that he lived in a society of “people of unclean lips.” (Isaiah 6:5)

If we were really honest, we would have to admit that, by and large, God’s people have not been the light in the darkness that we have been called to be. Too often we sit idly by while decisions are made and policies are created without voicing our opinion or standing up for the God we love. Too often we fail to be the voice of peace, to show grace, to pray for our enemies. When fewer lights are shining, is it any wonder that the culture has become that much darker?

So, I pray that God would stir up within His church in America, starting with me, a humility and a willingness to confess and repent of our sins, individually and as a nation. May God’s people in this country be renewed in their faith. May there be a revival, a return to God, so that He will hear, forgive, and bring healing to our country. May God be glorified! Amen.


Jesus, the Amen

In the book of Revelation, Jesus sends a message to seven different churches. In each message, He begins by identifying Himself in a very specific way. To the church in Laodicea, Jesus starts with “These are the words of the Amen…” (Rev 3:14) What is the significance of this, and how is it relevant to worship? I’m glad you asked…

The post-Ascension Jesus Christ, Who is seated at the right hand of God the Father, wants the church in Laodicea (and us) to know Who He is, by identifying an aspect of His character that is important. When we worship God, it is important to worship God for Who He is; that is, to worship God for His various attributes or characteristics. Throughout chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation, Jesus identifies several different ones. This passage points to an attribute we don’t often (if ever) think about: Jesus is the Amen. What could this mean?

When we pray, we often end our prayer with “Amen.” When we sing hymns, we often end them with “Amen.” Amen means “let it be so.” When we say this at the end of prayers, we are asking God to answer our prayers, or to agree with them. When we sing Amen, we are essentially praying that what we’ve sung would be true – kind of like when we pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

While our prayers and songs may have an ‘Amen,’ Jesus is saying in this passage that He is the Amen. In other words, He is not asking, “let it be so;” He is the One who determines that it be so. It makes me think of the tv series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Often, the captain of the ship, Jean Luc Picard, would confirm a command or direction by saying “make it so.”

So, Jesus identifies Himself as the final authority; we ought to worship Him as such, by submitting our will to His, and by obeying His Word even when we’d rather not or when society tells us that everyone has their own truth. In our culture, in the media, or on social media, we are constantly bombarded by peoples’ opinions trying to convince us how to think about one thing or another. But the Jesus Christ we ought to worship reminds us that He is the final word on any subject. Amen!

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