A Christian revival is desperately needed
With the attacks on Sept. 11, in Orlando, etc., many people are asking why God would allow this. The answer may be in the Book of Judges in the Bible. It is a history of God’s people and it reveals a sad human behavioral pattern.
After they were rescued from captivity in Egypt, God’s people lived righteous lives in the Promised Land and He blessed, prospered and protected them. But they drifted away from Him, believing they alone were the reason for their prosperity. Eventually many of God’s people rejected Him and lived ungodly lives. God removed His protection and allowed their enemies to attack them. When the people cried out to Him, He sent judges (Samson, Deborah, Gideon, etc.) to lead them. When they repented and turned back to Him, God saved them. The people then lived righteous lives, God blessed, prospered and protected them, and the cycle started again.
When God removes His protection, innocent people often suffer and die because of the sins of the nation. Biblical history supports this. When evil King Ahab ruled Israel, Elijah and 7,000 faithful people had to endure the three year drought that God sent. When God allowed the evil Assyrians to conquer Israel, many innocent people died or were taken captive to foreign lands. When God allowed the evil Babylonians to conquer Judea, many innocent people were killed while others such as faithful Daniel, Shadrack, Meshach and Abed-Nego were taken into captivity.
This nation was founded as a Christian nation of God’s people, but many people have rejected Him. Some examples of our godless society include adultery, pornography, drugs, lying, deceit, corruption, etc. And in the last election, more than half of the voters voted for candidates who believe it is acceptable to murder innocent unborn babies by abortion, that homosexuals should have special rights, and that all good things come from the government, instead of from God. I believe the terrorists attacks occurred when God removed His protection because of the sins of this nation. If I’ve read the signs right (and I hope I’m wrong), this is only the beginning of the enemy’s attacks.
Some people are singing “God Bless America” and writing that request in many places. I hope and pray that He does, but why would a holy and righteous God bless America? Why would God bless a nation where many people reject Him and serve the false gods of pleasure, possessions, power and popularity; where prayer and Bible reading are forbidden in public schools; where many people only keep the Lord’s day holy if there isn’t anything else to do; where the murder of an estimated 60 million innocent unborn babies is legal; where 25 percent of all pregnancies end in abortion; where many men and women sin and produce illegitimate children; where many fathers desert their children; and where companies and government agencies treat marriage, shacking up and same-sex partners equally by extending the same benefits to all of them? Perhaps you can add to this list.
There is certainly much good in this nation, as was very evident during and after the terrorist attacks. But I believe there is much that God disapproves of. Unfortunately, many of us refuse to accept that we are sinners and accomplices of sinners, and therefore partly responsible for God removing His protection.
We are making changes in our security, intelligence gathering, airlines operations, etc. to protect ourselves from more attacks. But will we also repent and change our moral and spiritual behavior in the hope that God will bless and protect us again?
God has given us a promise 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 will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal the land.” There are many religious leaders that believe we have gone too far, that that Scripture no longer applies, and that the Second Coming will occur soon.
Although about 80 percent of Americans call themselves Christians, many don’t act or vote accordingly. Maybe it is time for those who are “called by My name” to actually become Christians and follow the command God gave in that scripture. This country seriously needs a revival.