“In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Jud 21:25, ESV)
When I read this scripture, I know that the author was literally meaning that this was in the time prior to the monarchy in Israel. God never intended for there to be a monarchy, Israel was to be a Theocracy – a society ruled by the sovereign hand of God. He was to be their King. However, even though He was technically in charge of their society, he did not rule within their hearts. Therefore, there was no King in Israel.
The Parallel we can draw from this is that the USA is supposedly a “Christian” nation. We can’t even say that anymore without offending someone. That’s okay, because, although this country was founded on Christian principals, we are not a Christian nation anymore. The proof is all around us. We can cite the rising crime rate, or the increasing complexity of the crimes, or the boldness of children to act out at adults, etc. But I think the real proof is in the tolerance of the Christians to allow it to happen.
“if my people who are called by my name 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.” (2 Chr 7:14, ESV)
If we wish to take back our country for Christ, this verse is the formula. It contains two parts:
- Humble ourselves. The definition is “freedom from pride”.
- Pray. Definition – To address God with adoration, confession supplication or thanksgiving.” My definition – “Confiding in our friend, Jesus.”
- Seek His Face. The word “face” here can also be translated as “presence”. We can just as easily say to seek the Presence of God.
- Turn from our wicked ways. No longer participating in the worldly things that contribute to the condition of this country being a broken land. My wife and I stopped watching cable TV and as a general rule, quit watching R rated movies. Actually, we really don’t watch very many secular movies at all. Our stoppage of these things will not put a dent in the market of entertainment, but it will not allow those ideas to penetrate our hearts and minds. If more Christians would put an end to this entertainment venue, then a dent would be made in the armor.
- Hear us.
- Forgive our sin.
- Heal our land.