7/1/09

America's Four-Step Return to Devotion

John Adams, America’s second President, wrote a letter to his wife Abigail (a God-fearing woman) on July 3rd, 1776.

"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America," he wrote. "It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."


President Adams was off by a couple of days. Americans have gathered to celebrate America’s independence on July 4th, the date the Declaration of Independence was approved in a closed session of Congress—though most of the delegates didn’t sign the Declaration until August 2nd. In a strange coincidence, Adams died on July 4th, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the United States.


As I look at his letter to Abigail, I’m struck by the two-fold commemoration John Adams espoused—a day of devotion to God; a day of celebration. We’re pretty good at the celebration part, but where is our devotion? How do we even show devotion to the mighty God who delivered America and founded it in biblical truth? As I study the culture, and see how far we’ve drifted from the vision of the Founding Fathers, I believe the way we return to devotion to God is still the four-step path laid out in 2 Chronicles 7:14: (1) God’s people must turn from pride; (2) God’s people must pray; (3) God’s people must seek Him; and (4) God’s people must repent of their wicked ways (thoughts, attitudes, actions).


We have been delivered, but we cannot live in devotion to God until we come before Him with clean hands. He desires to hear, forgive, and heal our land, but if we turn from Him instead of our sins, we may continue to live in a free land, but our lives will continue in bondage.

Pride is a big issue, but what else do you think is standing in the way of a great spiritual revival in America?

Related post: "Why I Know Revival Can Come".

2 comments:

One day closer to His coming said...

Dawn you are so good with your messages, keep up the good work.

Karen said...

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