8/26/2016 7:36:22 AM
Does America Deserve Blessings or Judgment?
We are a nation that can expect the most terrible of God's judgments because we have sinned against the greatest spiritual light any nation, outside of Israel, has ever received.
Our nation has encouraged the worship of false gods under the banner of religious freedom. Yet, God commands all nations to worship the one true God. He is the one who gave the nations their inheritance when he divided mankind and fixed the borders (Deut. 32:8). America needs to be warned that the presence of strange gods are provoking God to anger (Deut. 32:16). As a nation we have turned our backs on Him and should not longer say, "God bless America." Instead we should recognize that "God blessED America" and now we must repent! It must begin with the household of God (1 Pet. 4:17).
An example of this was duly noted at an interfaith prayer service at Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas after five of our policemen were murdered. Those who were asked to offer prayers were a Catholic bishop, a Muslim imam, a Jewish rabbi, a Oneness Pentecostal, along with clerics from other religions. There was also an evangelical pastor from Park Cities Baptist Church who represented the only true faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. As he gave his prayer message, I was appalled when he cited Martin Luther King but never mentioned Jesus Christ, the Name above all names. Was this an oversight or an attempt to be politically correct? Only God knows his heart.
I decided to write him an email to encourage him to be bold for the Lord Jesus Christ the next time he has a similar opportunity. Since he never responded, I thought I would share it with our readers as an exhortation for us all to be passionate for our Savior (Titus 2:15).
Dear Dr. Jeff Warren,
I write this with a heavy heart in hopes that you will be convicted by the Holy Spirit for what you failed to do last week at the Dallas Thanksgiving prayer service. You were the only evangelical among all the clerics from a variety of religions. All the hurting people of Dallas and beyond were listening to you for a message that would bring them hope and heal their hurting hearts. Yet, you never mentioned Jesus Christ, the Name above all names, the only mediator between God and man, the only hope for a world spinning out of control. You could have pointed people to the only Light that can dispel the darkness in our world, the only Way for those who are lost, the only truth for those who are deceived, and the only life for those who are dead in sin. But no! You chose to avoid the truth that might make you unpopular. You chose to seek the approval of all the men and women who were gathered, rather than seek the approval of the only true God who you were called to represent. You chose to lift up the popular name of Dr. Martin Luther King but not the Name of the only One who can make a difference in people's lives. It is now my prayer and hope that you will take this constructive criticism with a humble, teachable heart. Sincerely, Mike Gendron
May God grant us all more grace to be faithful in our devotion to Christ, bold in contending for the faith, clear in our testimony to the world, steadfast in our defense of the truth, and courageous in fighting for the faith.