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“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 sins, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14
It is no secret that Americans today are faced with what is probably the weirdest election scenario in our history. As a nation, we have fallen so far into Godlessness, rank immorality, criminality (as in the murder of millions of unborn children), and disregard for the Jewish people and God’s nation of Israel, that it seems we’ve reached the point of no return. But have we?
Yes, our choices in the presidential race are literally HORRIBLE! As a West Virginia woman put it, when recently interviewed, “What choice do we have? It’s between a criminal and a crazy man.” But even more disturbing than then question of voting was a recent comment I heard concerning prayer: “Why pray? It’s hopeless. God is finished with America.”
In answering such a claim, we can point to II Chronicles 7:14. Although this promise was made to Old Testament Israel, the principle stands. Let us remember the 18th Century Great Awakenings, when God performed a mighty work of revival and return to righteousness through the human vehicles of Jonathan Edwards in America, and John Wesley in England. Only God knows the amount of prayer which prefaced those Awakenings. But we can be absolutely assured that there was prayer, and plenty of it!
Whenever the subject of America’s fallen condition arises, I think of Sodom and Gomorrah—and Abraham’s bartering with God: “Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city, wilt Thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?”
So went the bargaining, as fifty and then 45/40/30/20 righteous men could not be found. God finalized by promising: “. . . I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.”
We all know what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah because ten righteous men could not be found therein. In the United States of America, there have to be infinitely more than ten righteous men, as well as women and children. I believe there are not only hundreds, but thousands of Americans who have been saved by the shed blood of Jesus, and purpose to walk in the Holy Spirit of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ who is God! Would God spare the United States and heal this sinful land for hundreds and thousands?
God is alive! God is in total control of His Creation. God raises up leaders and pulls them down according to His perfect wisdom. God hears and answers the prayers of His people. Revival begins with the people who are called by God’s name. Thus a return to holiness and reliance on God alone must begin in America’s churches—many of which have abandoned the literal teachings of Scripture and God’s mandates for righteous living.
As Christians, we must uphold God’s Word and His standards of righteousness. We have no other choice. There are many of us who are heartbroken over the demise of our once-Godly nation, and we must pray and seek God’s face!
We are far more than ten righteous men!
Margaret L. Been — June 3rd, 2016
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Every year at this time, since I began blogging, I’ve commemorated Pearl Harbor with a photo of the disaster. This year, I can’t bring myself to feature the photo. Recently, whenever I think of Japan I think of the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Necessary from a military standpoint? Yes! Unthinkably tragic from a human standpoint? YES!
We need to remember history, mainly because we could benefit from learning. History could provide foresight and wisdom. But it’s been shown again and again that people do not learn from history. We may remember history, but we simply play it again.
As Christians, we are commanded to forgive. Forgiveness is the very core of our faith, and the reason why we are standing here rather than decimated and plowed under by God’s wrath. Yet there are historical characters whom I cannot forgive in my fallen humanity: especially Hitler, for his atrocities to God’s people the Jews. And Stalin.
And, going way back—Oliver Cromwell. I read a lot of documentaries on Irish history. I’m currently experiencing a formidable challenge knowing that I have to forgive the British Empire, not only for its mindless brutality in Ireland but for centuries of power lust and domination in India and Africa. My husband, always the wit, suggests that I gather up all my English tea and dump it in the harbor a mile from our home.
However when I think England I want to think tea and English country gardens—along with Shakespeare, Jane Austin, Keats, the Brontës, Thomas Hardy, John Galsworthy and other authors too numerous to name. I want to think our precious English language, and English theatre which (in my opinion) is second to none.
When I think Russia I want to remember ballet and Tchaikowsky who, tortured as he was in his personal life, left the world a legacy of hauntingly beautiful music. When I think Germany I want to recall Bach and Beethoven—and the tradition of gemütlichkeit reflected by German Americans in the cultural history of Wisconsin. When I think Japan I want to focus on centuries of exquisite art traditions: painting, poetry, gardening.
Every nation on earth has its shame as well as its pride. Individuals are born sinners. National shame is sin multiplied. America is not exempt from national sin. Just ask the decendants of the Cherokee and other Native Nations who walked the Trail of Tears from the deep South to Oklahoma and points West. Or ask the descendants of slaves.
There is only One Remedy for sin, and that was accomplished for us at Calvary. God’s Remedy for sin came to us as a baby, born in a crude and humble manger some 2000 plus years ago. He is coming again! “And He shall reign forever and ever!”
Meanwhile I will remember December 7th, 1941. Remember, but move on!
Margaret L. Been, ©2011
“And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you, and in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
“Which covenant He made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac, and confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant.” Psalm 105: 9-10
On September 29, 1938 leaders of Great Britain, France, Germany, and Italy met at Munich to decide the fate of the Sudetenland, a part of Czechoslovakia made up mostly of ethnic Germans. Adolph Hitler had alleged that Czechs in that area were mistreating the Germans, and Hitler wanted to annex the territory for Germany.
Already, the Nazi war machine had grown to ominous proportions and Austria had gone under Hitler’s boot. Czech president, Edvard Benes appealed to Britain and France for help in protecting his little country against the advance of a tyrant so obviously bent on world conquest.
Hitler, meanwhile, was busy deceiving the world into thinking that this little part of Czechoslovakia was all he wanted. Those who favored siding with the Czechs against Germany were labeled “war mongers”. Our president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was not present at the Munich conference–but sent repeated pleas for Germany and Czechoslovakia to “negotiote”.
Need we say, “the rest is history”? On September 30, 1938, headlines in the New York Times read as follows: “Four Powers Reach a Peaceable Agreement”, “Germans to Enter Sudetenland Tomorrow and Will Complete Occupation in Ten Days”, “Nazi Demands Met”.
After the Munich Conference, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin returned to London waving the Munich Agreement for all to see, and boasting: “A British Prime Minister has achieved peace in our time . . . . peace with honor.”
Those ironic words were followed by events we can never forget:
November 8, 1938–“Krystalnacht” (“night of broken glass”) when Hitler’s anti-Semitic posturing turned into the methodical destruction of businesses owned by German Jews.
March 15, 1939–The remains of Czechoslovakia caved in under Hitler’s aggression.
September 1, 1939–Hitler launched World War II, by attacking Poland and thereby bringing Britain and her European allies into the conflict.
December 7, 1941–Japanese war planes attacked U. S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor.
December 8, 1941–U. S. declared war on Japan.
December 11, 1941–Germany and Italy declared war on U. S.
Why don’t we learn from history? Again and again, we hear the word “negotiate”. How many of our presidents have aped Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin by thinking they are achieving “peace in our time, peace with honor”?
Negotiations with dictators who are bent on world power can only spell compromise and ultimate devastation. Negotiations in 1938 resulted in the closest thing to Armageddon the world has ever experienced.
Negotiations in 1938 also resulted in the torture and extermination of millions of God’s chosen people, the Jews.
Today Germany and Japan are friendly nations, purposing to never again repeat their past. But other aggressive, diabolical regimes have risen up in the wake of the World War II tyrants–regimes with leaders who, like Adolph Hitler, are committed to wiping the Jews off the face of the earth forever.
Of course this will not happen. God is faithful, and He will preserve His people and His nation. There will be a genuine Armageddon, and our Lord will return to earth to reign.
When the Lord returns, we will have “peace with honor”! Meanwhile, any “negotiations” which threaten, harm, or in any way undermine the nation of Israel can only result in disaster!
“For you are a holy people unto the Lord your God: the Lord your God hath chosen you to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” Deuteronomy 7:6
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