Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faith have been afforded asylum, prosperity, & freedom of worship here.”
Henry & our Founders believed in absolute morality, teaching that “the eternal difference between right & wrong does not fluctuate.” Needless to say, much of Washington, D.C. is the antithesis of Patrick Henry!
No, we do not have Patrick Henry’s leading us today, in part because Christians have been careless. Even though we may say “God Bless America!” with our lips, our lives are too often a rejection of God & His principles. For too long we have elected men & women who have ousted Bible-reading & prayer from our schools, who place a low value on human wife, and a growing disrespect for the law.
We have put in office those who adhere to the “right” to abort unborn babies—at the rate of one every 30 seconds, 24-7! We have elected men & women who uphold lifestyles rejected by God’s Word & repulsive to Americans as a whole—that is until we began parading them on television and in movies as “normal” until they have become acceptable, even to some in the clergy-world. It is still sin in God’s sight.
It’s easy to become discouraged by the moral trajectory of our nation today. Marriage and gender have been redefined; gender has become a “choice” for those who can’t get enough attention. Euthanasia is gaining momentum. Genetic manipulation of human embryos has become a reality. Jihadist terrorism dominates our news. American politics is in shambles.
However, one great certainty today is this—God is still on His throne, folks! Another certainty—God wants to use you to make a difference in the world. The Old Testament writer gives us great hope when he penned 2 Chr 7:14. While some may debate whether or not its application was for Israel alone, those who know God personally understand that the principle is applicable to America today:
(2 Chron 7:14 KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, & pray, & seek my face, & turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, & will forgive their sin, & will heal their land.
Let me ask—what part of that verse is NOT applicable to us today? Are you NOT one of His people, or do you NOT call yourself a Christian? What Christian should NOT humble him or herself before God, especially given the condition of America today? Who amongst us should NOT be seeking God’s face? When God’s Spirit reveals to us our wickedness, who of us should NOT turn in repentance from that attitude or behavior?
With that said, which of us would audaciously proclaim God to be a liar—that He would NOT hear the prayer of a penitent, that He would NOT forgive our sin, or that He would NOT heal our land?!
In addition to our repentance & petitions, we must also pray that God will send again leaders like Patrick Henry, who will hold fearlessly to God’s hand while leading this nation.
BTW, do you pray? If so, would you join me in praying for our nation like never before. Since God’s Spirit will not always strive with man, it behooves us to seek Him today while He may be found.