Perspective sense

With so much happening in our nation on the economic, political, educational and religious fronts, it is easy to get swept up and lose our biblical perspective.  Our government continues to spend money it doesn’t have with no apparent desire to show any fiscal sanity or restraint.  Demonstrations and riots breaking out across the country as the left brings a myriad of complaints to the street; courts deciding that Muslim Sharia Law can trump our constitution; and the church facing a growing civil war as more and more Christians align themselves with denominations or organizations that question the absolute truth of God’s Word.

While all this is happening and we see the influence of the church in America waning, it is easy to look externally and blame everyone else for what is happening.  But first and foremost we need to look internally and see what part we are playing in the decline of the church and our nation.

We often cite 2 Chronicles 7:14 on this show:  “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 will heal their land.”  This call to corporate prayer must also be accompanied by a close hard look at each of us individually.  If God is going to heal our nation and restore the power of the church, He will first require that each of us as His children repent of our own sin.

See, the church is not as much an organized institution as it is a collection of individuals within a family.  And in a time of challenge or crisis, each member of the family needs to look at himself and ask what he is doing wrong…how am I sinning and contributing to all that is wrong corporately?

But it is much easier to ask God to heal us corporately or to work on the hearts of others than it is to ask Him to do it on us.  Our human nature is to point out the speck in our brother’s eye rather than ask God to remove the board in our own eye.  Jesus said if we remove that board, we would be in better position to help our brother.

So, just my two cents here—we can pray until the cows come home asking God to heal our nation.  But until we as individual Christians fall on our knees, ask God to reveal the wickedness in our own hearts, and repent of our own sin, God will not hear us or heal us collectively.  Until we address the log in our own eye, we will be unable to help our brother with the speck in his eye.

I ask each of you to take some time today and go before the King of kings with Psalm 139:23:  “Search me O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Once we each do this individually, repenting of our own sin, then maybe, just maybe, God will hear our corporate prayer and forgive and heal our country.  Maybe he will restore the church in America to what it once was—a powerful movement of the Holy Spirit to stand against humanism and evil.  It all begins with you—and with me.  Are we humble enough to fall on our knees and ask God to heal us before we ask him to heal our nation?  Are we humble enough to admit the part each of us as Christians have played to the degeneration of our nation?

Without self humility and a willingness to acknowledge our own sin there is no way we can be the light and salt Jesus wants us to be.