Some of the following post is a Book review, but most is my opinion on the current state of America.
The Book “Hope for America” by Greg Laurie shows that Hope for America cannot be found in any Politician but in repenting as a nation and returning to God. What the nation needs is revival.
Laurie points to the 60’s as the starting point of the downfall of America. It was during this time when all these different liberal ideologies came about and slowly began to blur the lines of good and evil and absolute truth. And that brings us to today. You take God and clear lines of right and wrong from our schools and people wonder how someone can take a gun and shoot up their campus. Or shoot up a movie theatre.
It wasn’t always like this. The United States was founded on Judeo-Christian values. lauire gives the example of the first ever prayer in congress.
O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!
Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior.
Several founding fathers are also quoted in the book showing that America was founded as a Christian nation.
Laurie says in the book that revival for America begins with each one of us. Are we where we should be with God? Are we in His perfect will for our lives or are we running from Him like Jonah? We need to take an inventory of our lives and see where we stand.
This also applies to the church as a whole. How can we expect revival to come to a country when the current state of the church is lukewarm. The American church has turned into the Laodicean church.
We must repent before it is too late.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says: “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.”
It can very easily be: “If (Insert your name here) will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive (Insert your name here) sin and heal (Insert your name here) land.”
The above was part book review part analysis on the current situation. I think it can all be summed up with one word, revival.
Will America see revival? Maybe. One thing we do know is that America is seen nowhere in prophecy. It could be that what we happening in America is God’s judgement already falling on America.
This is why it is so important we go to the polls and vote for Mitt Romney. He’s not the GOP candidate I would have chosen and there are some major problems with his religious views, but he’s a whole lot better than Barack Obama.
God is in control and he has put these two candidates in place, and it is our job to vote righteously for the best choice.
Pray for the nation and pray for revival. It’s truly the only hope for America.