Before It's Too Late, America!

I'm re-reading a book my pastor published back in 1982 ... 34 years ago! Except for some "current events" from back then, the book is still relevant for today. 

In the book, Before It's Too Late: Crises Facing America, Dr. David Jeremiah noted:

"One of the alarming side effects of my study of our American heritage was the realization that many of the characteristics of greatness that our nation embodied during the formative years were disappearing, and in their place the signs of deterioration and decay were multiplying."

And that was 1982! 

Dr. Jeremiah addressed only 12 of the "issues of the eighties"including the sanctity of marriage and the family, abortion, homosexuality, pornography, the new morality, the nation's pride and presumption, and other topics that affect both the home and nation. And I recognized each one in today's culture.

I also just finished doing research for a Christian author on many of those same topics and morewith up-to-date statistics. At one point I was so overcome by the foolishness and degradation in America, I had to stop.

     Deeply grieving, I couldn't see through my teary eyes to keep typing.

It's so much worse today than in 1982. I firmly believe we are on merciful borrowed time. We need to cry out to the Lord.

(Note: Don't miss the information at the end of this post 
about a special simulcast event for women 
to "Cry Out" to God in September.)

It's sad. We see incredible moral and ethical failure not only in "the world," but also in the character and choices of God's people in our churches. How God's heart must grieve.

Looking for some hope, I jumped to one of the final chapters in Dr. Jeremiah's book. I discovered some of the reasons for God's blessing in America's past, but also a strong warning for America's future. 
  1. America has been blessed by God because she has been the launching pad for the greatest missionary movement in history.
  2. America has been blessed by God because she has been a homeland for the Jewish people and a friend to Jews everywhere. 
  3. America has been blessed because she has been a laboratory for the development of the principles of freedom. (Not license, I would point out, but freedom based in law and strong public standards of decency.)
  4. America has been blessed by God because America has honored God and His Word.
"But America," my pastor said, "faces a dangerous situation. That danger lies in the departure of this great country from those values and principles that have secured her greatness."
"There are many illustrations in Scripture that warn us that even a long-suffering God will not forever strive with men. If we ignore divine directives, we cannot enjoy God's blessing." 
Dr. Jeremiah's example of Israel's history was enlightening and challenging. Over and over again, the nation cycled between rebellion, retribution, repentance and restoration13 times in the 21 chapters of Judges alone. (Years later, after the nation separated into two kingdoms, the routine continued.)

Israel was called to remember her glorious beginningher tender relationship with God and her holiness unto the Lord (Jeremiah 2:1-3). Israel rebelled in wickedness (2:4-5) and became indifferent to God (2:6). Not surprisingly, this was accompanied by a vacuum in spiritual leadership (2:8, 13).

I can't help but see some parallels to America. Can you?

In verse nine we read: "Therefore I still contend with you, declares the Lord, and with your children's children I will contend." It's as if the Lord was bringing charges against His people, hoping to wake them up. 

There was still hope.

In chapter 3 and the beginning of chapter 4, when Josiah was king, Jeremiah the prophet was sent to warn faithless Israel and call God's people to repentance.

God was pleading with His people to change!

Later in Jeremiah we see what God's plan for recovery entailed:
"... look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls." (6:16)

It was a clear, explicit plan, but God's people refused (6:16-17).

And it was too late for Israel, at that point. Jerusalem fell, and most of the inhabitants were carried off to Babylon in captivity.

Dr. Jeremiah made it clear: "America is not God's modern chosen people." America is not Israel.

"But God has not changed His mind 
about holiness, righteousness, sin and judgment." 

In America today we see complacency, apathy, great wickedness and irresponsible dependency. Our nation is ripe for loss of liberty and maybe even bondage to others.

My pastor is still calling the church to revival.
I just read an email message from him (May 20) that said, 
"Can God stir revival by His Holy Spirit even in our culture today? 
Do we really believe He can? ...I want to encourage you that He can!"

Like Dr. Jeremiah, other godly individuals and organizations are calling America back to the "old paths and the good ways"  and praying for the Church to weep and respond to the Lord in repentance, holiness and obedience.

I'm thinking of and praying for three revival outreaches in particular today:

Revival begins in the hearts of God's people and the effects spread to affect families, churches and sometimes, even communities and the nation. But we need spiritual hunger that draws people to pray, asking God to revive His people and His work. We need to seek God in His Word. We need to become spiritual people with a heart for God that overflows into love for others and humble service.

I am just a little voice ... but I'm adding my voice to the great throng of saints who have cried out to the Father for mercy, ready to obey when He makes His will known.

"Your face, O LORD, I will seek" (Psalm 27:8).

Are you seeking God for revival in your own life? For your family? For your church? For your nation?

NOTE: If we expect revival to come, our hearts and our churches must be seeking the Lord. In the month of June I will post on Facebook a daily "Pray 4 Your Church" series - simple prayers we can pray for our home churches and all the churches representing the family of God.

Also, in September, Revive Our Hearts plans to host a simulcasta nationwide prayer event for women on September 23rd called "Cry Out." It is part of the True Woman "Cry Out" conference, Sept. 22-24. Watch the video HERE for more information, and plan to join hundreds of thousands of women in thousands of locations, seeking God in such a time as this.

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