What Now?

At the turn of the election, we as a country, and as Americans, face a crucial and fatal decision.

We as a nation have been known throughout the world and throughout history as forward- thinking and progressive, but here we are today looking into a future with remnants of the past. A vision that has left many of us asking the now famous question,

What now?”

Well I’ll tell you what now. God said it and made it known over two thousand years ago in 2 Chronicles chapter 7,

“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 Chronicles 7:14, ESV

This is the answer folks.

God told Solomon this truth in the bible at a time when the people of Judah were living similarly to the way  we as a country are living now – Playing with sin.

As God told Solomon in his time, he is telling us also in this time – if we really want to see God heal our land, we must repent and turn from sin.

 

Don’t believe me?  Let’s keep on reading Solomon’s story:

God continues to tell Solomon,

“And at this house, which was exalted, everyone passing by will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’ Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers who brought them out of the land of Egypt and laid hold on other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore he has brought all this disaster on them.'”  – 2 Chronicles 7:21-22, ESV

We see here that God is telling Solomon the result of a decision a land makes to dishonor God and to dishonor the ways of God.  When we as a whole choose to disobey God’s commands, this is the penalty and the cost of that decision – chaos and confusion.

Now I am not saying that God brings about evil and destruction to punish us “just because,” but what I am saying is that the God that we serve is sovereign. Meaning that he is in control of the universe and in control of everything that happens past, present and future. Therefore, with these truths being known, we must take it upon ourselves to choose obedience.

We must choose to be obedient to God through Jesus Christ, choosing to be obedient to God and his ways. When we as a country choose to follow and abide by God’s commands, then we will see the healing of our land. This doesn’t just serve true for America, but for all nations experiencing similar internal and structural chaos.

Why and how must we go about in doing this? Well I’m glad you asked:

We must choose to be obedient to God’s will, because if we don’t, we will face the consequences.

 

As we can all see from these past elections, and the chaos brought about because of it, no one is safe from the imminent consequences of sin and recklessness. Whether you chose to vote or not to vote in this election, we are all now facing the consequences of each others’ decision.

As an American voter, I have not grown weary over the news of our newly selected presidential candidate. I know where my favor lies and I am confident in my place in the kingdom. What I do worry about however  is the fate and the destiny of those who have grown distant from the kingdom. What I mean by this is that I have a responsibility as a Christian to care for the lives and the well being of others.

Paul said this best in his message to the priests of Ephesus in Acts chapter 20. In this context, Paul has been ministering to the Jews and Gentiles across Asia, and encouraging and strengthening the church. In his farewell message to the believers of Ephesus, he says this,

“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God.”  – Acts 20:28, ESV

Paul was reassuring those overseeing the lives of the church to care for and love one another.

A person’s religious views or stance on an issue or topic does not make me value their life any less or any differently, it instead just shows me how we are different. With this being said, I want to urge those of you who call yourselves believers to keep the faith and to continue following Jesus. He is our reassurer. He is the one comforting us amongst the news and reinstating our values in him, through the Holy Spirit. He has not commanded us to hate one another or betray each other; he has instead commanded us to love one another. This is how we do it.

When we repent and turn from our wicked ways as a nation, turning from the worship and idolatry of false images and ideas, then we will see a divine change. We as believers cannot sit back and watch the country that we all live in go to ruin. We must do as Paul taught us in the book of Acts:

Encourage one another in faith and in the reassurance of the one we serve and call Abba (father). (Read the full chapter of Acts 20).

 

The Spirit of the Lord is here.

God is watching and waiting for those who call upon his name to act – not in silence – but in urgency. The time is not tomorrow; the time is now.

God told Solomon, before Christ came, to repent and turn away from sin. God used Paul to tell his church, after Christ came,  to pay attention and watch over others. God is now telling you and I to speak up and proclaim the name of Jesus Christ.

God is the only one who makes crooked paths straight, he is the only one who turns sinners into believers, and he is the only one who makes all things new. The path to God, justice, and eternal life is Jesus – he is the key.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”  – John 14:6, ESV

 

So I ask you this question today, “Who are you serving?” A world that is constantly changing, or a God that is the same yesterday, today, and forever?

 

Grace and peace family.

 

 

God bless you.

 

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