We have sown the wind, and now we are reaping the whirlwind. That’s biblical, you know. Every action we take has consequences. Every word we speak has consequences. That’s why I sit here typing with great trepidation. I know that some will misread what I’m trying to convey. Some will just get mad and write me off as another Bible-thumping preacher. By the way, I hope everyone thinks I’m a Bible-thumping preacher; I would wear that title as a badge of honor. So, some will get mad. Others will shout amen, but they will totally miss my point. Hopefully, a few of you will get it. We have sown the wind, and now we are reaping the whirlwind.
Let me get right to the point. We don’t have a political problem in this country. We have a spiritual one. When you systematically remove every facet of our Judeo-Christian heritage from the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of our government, what do you expect? Ethical behavior? Moral governance? Common rules of decency? If you do, I have a bridge that I would love to sell you. Nothing says, “I’m naïve” more than believing that you can remove every precept and tenet of the biblical foundations upon which this country was established and remain a civil society. Look at the horrific behaviors perpetrated on people throughout history when empires grew to power without this basic system of morality God gave to His people on Mt. Sinai. We call them the Ten Commandments. The Mosaic Law. Whatever you call them, our Heavenly Father taught His people that two things are vitally important if you are going to have a civil society: love God and love your neighbor. We don’t have a political problem in this country. We have a spiritual one.
Years ago, I stopped watching Fox News because I realized that I was becoming cynical, frustrated, depressed, and discouraged. After a few weeks, I noticed a significant change in my outlook. Please don’t take this as an attack on Fox News. I’m just stating facts evident in my life. Yesterday, as I was doing the laundry, I decided to tune into Fox News and find out what was going on with the Senate Judiciary Committee as they prepared to vote on moving Judge Cavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court out of the committee and onto the floor of the Senate. I was captivated by what I saw. So much so that when I had to go to the grocery store, I tuned it in on the radio so that I wouldn’t miss a beat. I watched and listened off and on all afternoon and even when I went to bed. And I woke up this morning to watch again. And I found myself cynical, frustrated, depressed, and discouraged about the future of our country. My thoughts became, “What have we done? What have we allowed to happen? How can I look into the faces of my granddaughters and tell them that this is the nation that we are leaving to them?” A nation where “victims” are victimized further for political gain (no affirmation or denial concerning Dr. Blasey-Ford) and a man’s good name and reputation and family are destroyed by uncorroborated accusations (again, no affirmation or denial concerning Judge Cavanaugh). Read this carefully: I do not know whether Dr. Blasey-Ford is telling the truth or not. I do not know whether Judge Cavanaugh is telling the truth or not. And if you are honest with yourself, you will be forced to admit that you don’t either. Not 100%. Why? Because men and women lie every day. Because all of us are sinners. Because deep down we know that this is not a political problem; it is a spiritual one.
That’s why God reminded me this morning that we have the power to change things. I don’t mean through the political system. I fear that our government is broken, and it may be broken beyond repair. Yes, I will continue to vote and encourage others to do the same. I will continue to call my Congressmen and encourage others to do the same. I will continue to love this country, stand for the national anthem, pledge my allegiance to the flag, and if necessary, fight to defend her. I will pray for all those in authority knowing that it is my Christian duty to do so. But the power to change things comes from God. We call it Spiritual Awakening because what is necessary is for Christians to wake up out of our spiritual slumber, recognize that the locusts have come (see 2 Chronicles 7), and cry out to the Father in repentance that comes from godly sorrow over our own sin first and then the sins of our nation. This is not about lost people getting saved; this is about saved people getting serious with God about who we are spiritually – His children – and understanding that this battle must be fought on our knees.
So, what do we do? The only thing that we can do when the whirlwind is heading our way. We pray! I would also encourage you to do what I have done: turn off the television. Yes, you need to keep up with what is going on, but just don’t focus on it. Instead, pray about it. Then, go out and love on your neighbors. If you are a Republican, that means go out and love on some Democrats. And if you are a Democrat, go out and love on some Republicans. Or better yet, just go out and love on people and show them that man-made titles and barriers mean nothing in this spiritual war in which we find ourselves. Our only hope is Jesus, and He told us that our only job is to love God and love on people. That’s what I’m going to do, and I hope that you will join me.