Our nation is in desperate need of prayer. The level of rage, hatred, and division is higher than I can remember. The number of homicides in Charlotte is on pace to double from last year. The number of homicides in Chicago is staggering. The shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise is very disturbing. It seems as if human life in America is losing its sense of dignity and worth. I believe the continued practice of abortion has opened the door to a culture of death in our nation.
In the midst of increasing homicides, in the midst of division and hatred, in the midst of misinformation and deception, the Holy Spirit is calling the Body of Christ to be salt and light. We are called to represent Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace, the hope of America. He lives in every believer and desires to impact this nation through our lives, our actions, and our prayers.
There are several key areas in which believers must stand if we hope to see our nation turn back to the living God.
Believers in Christ must affirm the sanctity of human life. Every life is created by God, a gift from God, and precious to God. David declared in Psalm 139:14 that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. The deliberate destruction of life in the womb through abortion is a tragedy. It is grievous to the Father Heart of God. The Body of Christ must stand for life. We are called to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8).
The second area in which believers must stand is defending the dignity of every human being. The Word of God declares that every human being is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). We treat every person with respect and dignity because every person is created in the image of God. Racism is a denial of Genesis 1:27. There is no place for racism in the Body of Christ. We are called to demonstrate the heart of Father God to the world. Genesis 1:27 also speaks to the gender confusion in our culture. We are created by God. We are created either male or female. To deny one’s created gender is to deny God’s created order. Our calling as believers is to treat all people with dignity and to help them discover their true identity in Jesus Christ.
The third area in which we must stand is in the declaration that there is absolute truth. We believe that absolute truth is found in the inspired Word of God, the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16 states that “all Scripture is inspired by God”. Our nation was founded upon the truths of God’s Word and belief in the God of the Bible. The Declaration of Independence reminds us that “all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights”. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pointed out that America has not always lived up to the standard of our founding documents, but the standards are there nonetheless.
As a nation, we have turned away from the living God and the godly truths upon which this nation was founded. There is still hope for America! We can turn back to God and to the founding principles of this nation. The pathway back is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “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”.
Denise and I thank God for each of you. We pray you have a wonderful Fourth of July and ask that you pause at some point and pray for our nation. God bless you all.
Denise & McLean