I realize there are risks when we seek to equate Israel as a nation – a theocracy – and the United States of America. Having acknowledged that, however, I think we would agree that there are evident Judeo-Christian roots within our history as a nation, our legal system, and our cultural background. The religious roots of many of our founding fathers, great spiritual and moral revivals, and the clear influence of Christianity upon our national life cannot be denied!
The Bible clearly teaches there is a price to pay nationally for the abandonment of such a history and such values! The drift we observe from our Judeo-Christian heritage to secularism alarms me! I am certain we will pay a terrible price for that abandonment as a nation and culture! We are already seeing the harbingers of such abandonment!
Psalm 60 was a part of my Bible reading during my devotional time that I call “coffee with the Lord” this morning. It addressed some of the concerns I have in this regard (and some that David the Psalmist observed in his cultural milieu)…
Here is what He said… “O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses; You have been angry; oh restore us! … You have made your people see hard things! … Have you not rejected us O God? You do not go forth, O God with our armies!” David found the results of self-will and rebellion against God and righteous principles frightening! There were consequences he observed that alarmed him!
So this is what He prayed… “Oh God… restore us! You have set up a banner for those who fear [reverence] You! That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer us! … O grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!” (From Psalm 60)
David was concerned… So am I! I’ve committed myself to prayer for our nation! I’m asking God to visit our nation with a moral and spiritual revival that impacts our nation and culture at every level… Not only that, I will do everything I can to encourage it! I’m praying what David prayed, “O God, restore us… vain is the salvation of man!” Will you join me?