You don’t have to watch the news very long to see that our nation is in crisis. We are like a house that is starting to crumble, critical systems failing and in need of repair. I watched “Waiting for Superman” recently (a very worthwhile documentary) and was horrified yet unsurprised at the state of US education. (And just a note – I think Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers should be required reading for every person that deals with education.)
There are no shortage of issues. Of causes. Of crises. But I tend to fall into the camp that believes there’s a deeper root problem. I ran across this quote recently on Facebook and it gave me pause:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams
Do you think America – right now – today – could be described as a “moral and religious people”? I’m not so sure. Many, yes, but as a whole?
We are a nation that has lost our collective “moral compass” in so many ways. Israel had some problems like this. Even God’s chosen people frequently went astray and followed false gods and worshiped idols. We aren’t much different. Even though Jesus paid the price for our redemption and restoration, we live in a decaying world. The problems are so big. So weighty. And I am thankful for those that get up every day and fight the fight for human rights, for the unborn, for the poor, for the abused. I have seen the deep passion of some Christians who have been called to the front lines of the battle and work tirelessly for their heart’s cause. Maybe that’s what you are called to do. Maybe not. But absolutely every Christian can be on the front lines in prayer.
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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Oh Lord, heal our land! We can – collectively – cry out for God’s mercy. We can repent on the behalf of our nation. We can humble ourselves before the Lord and ask Him to heal our land. On earth as it is in heaven. It’s a pretty tall request that only One is able to accomplish.
I am so very grateful to live in this nation. I know the price that was paid for the freedoms we enjoy every day. So as we celebrated our Independence Day this week, I want to also remember our Dependence. On the One who was and is and is to come.