HOSEA 4:1-2: “Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed.” NKJV
OBSERVATION: Why are our cities burning? Why are people looting in the streets? Why is there no respect for our police departments and authority figures in our country? Is it President Trump’s fault or is something else behind this continual rise of evil and unrest?
To blame a sitting President, regardless of which party they are affiliated with, for the outbreak of evil and lawlessness in our land is foolish. We have bought into the victim mentality so much that we have forsaken the foundational truth of personal responsibility. Just yesterday another man was shot by the police in Pennsylvania. We have video footage of the man charging police with a knife and refusing to stand down. And, we have footage of the police shooting the man in what appears to be an act of self-defense.
What is the response in the streets? Violence and looting. This is even before all the facts are in. It is always tragic when someone is shot and killed. Yet, our police are facing a growing sense of aggression and violence. Men and women are emboldened to resist their authority and use violence against the men and women, of all colors, who are risking their lives to protect us. Are all of our police corrupt? Is it their fault that someone charges them with a knife when they are called to respond to a risky situation? We need to ask some hard questions!
Hosea hits the nail on the head when he writes,
- “There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land.”
We have forsaken the truth and knowledge of God in our land. We have removed God from the public square. We have forbidden our schools from teaching the Ten Commandments. We have embraced evil for good and eschewed good for evil. We protest prayer in public schools and we celebrate rioting and burning in the streets as peaceful protests. We have sown to the wind and we are reaping the whirlwind.
- “By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed.”
Yet, as with Israel and Judah, so with America, God’s mercy is always extended. God never judges a nation simply because of the evil that exists. God judges a nation because of the faithfulness or lack thereof of His people in that nation. God would have spared Sodom and Gomorrah if there were only 5 righteous people. There were only 3! It is not too late for America. It is up to the church. It is up to God’s people. We need to do much more than vote on November 3.
WE NEED TO REPENT!
- “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 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 I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.” II Chronicles 7:13-15 NKJV
I remember an America where children were raised up to fear God. I remember an America where we were proud to stand for our National Anthem, respected our flag, and took pride in helping our fellow man. I remember an America where we respected authority and the golden rule was taught and emulated. And, I remember an America that believed in prayer.
America has been special because it was founded upon the principles of God’s Word. Our Founders knew that the Republic that they were forming could only succeed if America was a moral nation. We can point out all of America’s sins and faults. However, the church in our history has risen against the evils and God has answered in our history with waves of revival to turn the course of our land.
We desperately need another revival!
Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit upon the church in America. Move the hearts of Your people to repentance. Turn the tide of lawlessness and godlessness in our land. Bring revival once again!
In Jesus Name!