The last days and weeks in the good ‘ole USA have been, um…unusual. Unsettling. Worthy of serious hand-wringing.
Many Christians have soul-sighed, “Oh, for cryin’ out loud. Why don’t those sinners just stop, you know, sinning? Come on, Lord…repair those reprobates and all will be right with the world.”
Which leads us to the first myth or falsehood we as Christians sometimes believe:
If Those Sinners Will Shape Up…(Everything Will Be Fine)
Last week, I wrote about our presidential candidates’ use of crude language when referring to women. Their words were an assault against my soul and I felt the Lord leading me to speak His truth and life. God’s Word commands us to be salt and light in a dark world (even when it’s uncomfortable).
However, without the Holy Spirit’s work in their hearts and minds, I can’t expect our earthly leaders to suddenly “get it” and to cease being profane.
Remember the cringe verse? You know the one: If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray… (2 Chron. 7:14).
Couldn’t we rewrite it just a tad? Something like, if those horrid heathens would behave themselves…
What does God’s Word actually say?
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.
See why I call this the cringe verse? We—Christians—are called to humble ourselves, pray, and seek His face. But…what about them? The ones with the “wicked ways?”
Our Lord is talking to them—to me and you and all followers of Christ who are wasting time mired in apathy, pride, and finger-pointing.
The responsibility is on our shoulders/hearts/minds. We are called to be the movers, the leaders, the pace-setters. It’s past time to stop the hand-wringing.
Do we long for forgiveness of sin? We must humble ourselves.
Do we desire healing for America? We must pray and seek His face.
Do we crave a fresh start in purity and holiness? We must turn from our wickedness.
Over the coming days, we don’t have to simply wait and see what happens. God’s people can effect change now. We can be salt and light now.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the time is—you guessed it—now.
What is your heart’s cry for our country? How will that translate into prayer-action?
Have a blessed week!
Leigh Ann 🙂