Happy Fourth of July – Happy Independence Day – Happy Birthday America!
Whichever you would prefer is fine by me. But God Bless America is what I would like to say on this fourth day of July 2018, and the 242nd anniversary of our independence as a sovereign Republic.
The nation has had some troubled times, but Americans pulling together to overcome the threats against our nation and our freedom has always made us stronger and more united, more together. However, liberal-socialism that budded in 1933 – 1945 (FDR and the UN) and just kept growing in liberal ideologies and blossomed with Obama’s presidency, but seems like it is wilting with the election of Trump who has so far, done a decent job of exposing the roots.
However, you must agree that Obama was the greatest divider known to history. Obama splintered our nation where “We the People” actually have allowed liberalism split even the Christian church, and it is us (“We the People”), who own the shame and the following reasons we need to humble ourselves before God and our neighbors, confess our sin and pray seeking the face of almighty God asking Him to heal our nation!
The shame of … and we the people must confess with our lips, our culpability.
We confess that:
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word … and called it pluralism.
We have worshiped other gods… and called it multiculturalism.
We have endorsed perversion… and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor… and called it the lottery.
We have neglected the needy… and called it self-preservation.
We have rewarded laziness… and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn children… and called it a choice.
We have shot abortionists… and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children… and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power… and called it political savvy.
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions… and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography… and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers… and called it enlightenment.
Search us O God and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless the men and women who have been sent to direct to the center of Your will. I ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ … Amen.
This was a prayer given to open a session of the 1996 Kansas Legislature, by Pastor Joe Wright, who was asked to open the session. The response was immediate when a good number of the legislators walked out during the prayer, and that was way back then. I wonder if Kansas still invites Pastors to Open, or do they even still permit an opening prayer? Liberal politicians have called this prayer racist, divisive, and offensive. The Pastor was labeled as an extremist, intolerant, and hate-filled.
Think about it, where are our values? Where is our integrity? Where is our security? Just where are we as a nation today? Our condition is a shame. And the shame must be on the conservatives who have allowed it to happen, we have failed to hold our politicians accountable.
So, I ask you to commit to praying for our nation every day using the 2Chronicles 7:14 guide. Your commitment will be between you and God, it is like someone asking a Christian friend to pray for me or this or that and that request is soon forgotten because we are just that way. “Oh yes I will Pray for you” … and as soon as we are separated we get caught up in the world and forget. I used to shock people when, regardless where we were, I would grab their hand a pray for them or their need.
Father, we need your unconditional love and forgiveness, we need you to heal our nation, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Thanks R.S. Helms