I have been asked numerous times lately, “can America return to God?”. I am reminded of what God said to Israel thousands of years ago:
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
I believe every man, woman and child who has a faith in the Lord Jesus Christ today must be clinging to this promise found in the Word of God.
Can America return to God?
Frankly, I think that question must be preceded by a much more poignant inquiry.
Does America want to return to God?
Many have tried and succeeded in getting God kicked out of our schools, sporting events, public places and work places. To a great extent our society has gotten what it wanted – A society without God.
But what good has it done for us as a nation?
People who truly worship God are being mocked and ridiculed at every turn. In fact, it seems to me that the only form of respectable bigotry in America is bigotry against people of Christian faith.
What does one do?
How do we fight back?
These are legitimate questions to say the least but we must also come to grips with the fact that most Americans have become inured to cultural rot and lost their capacity for shock, disgust and outrage. If you are reading this post and you are a professing Christian, I would hasten to remind you that the honor of God is at stake in the spiritual war that we see going on around us.
I see an alarming trend in Christian circles. We are notorious to “repenting” for sin but not “turning” from sin. Let me repeat the former verse: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
As Christians in America, has our message become so weak, our testimony so diluted and our lifestyle so generic that the world cannot distinguish us from the rest of the society? Have we become so complacent that we are willing to sit idly by as people die without Christ and thus sentenced to hell?
NO! WE CANNOT! WE MUST NOT.
We must be the irritant that causes the spiritually blind to seek God. People do not like to be confronted with sin but that in no way diminishes our role to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19 – KJV).
As Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) so aptly stated many years ago: “A Christian is salt, and salt is the most concentrated thing known. Salt preserves wholesomeness and prevents decay. It is a disadvantage to be salt. Think of the action of salt on a wound. If you get salt into a wound, it hurts, and when God’s children are amongst those who are “raw” toward God, their presence hurts. The man who is wrong with God is like an open wound, and when “salt” gets in, it causes annoyance and distress and he is spiteful and bitter. The disciples of Jesus preserve society from corruption; the “salt” causes excessive irritation which spells persecution for the saint.”
God is waiting to “hear” from us. It is time Christian, yes you, to stand in the gap for what you believe.
Be the salt God intended you to be in this world.
Do not surrender.
Get in the fight.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV).
Remember, judgment always begins at the house of God.
So, to answer the question “can America return to God?” I would have to respond with a resounding YES. However, we have to have the will to do so.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.