I know that I shouldn’t be, but I’m still surprised, and even shocked, when I see headlines proving that our nation is going further and further away from God and his principles. Our moral and spiritual decline is moving so fast that it is almost as if we are on a rollercoaster heading down a track which is only picking up speed. It is as if we have completely forgotten the God on which many of our country’s principles where based. I find myself praying that our leaders, law makers and even some of our churches would do what Josiah did in second Chronicles when he was reintroduced to the scriptures that God originally placed before his people through Moses. Once Hilkiah, the priest, found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord, he showed it to king Josiah who said this in chapter 34, verse 21:
“Go and inquire of the Lord for me and for the remnant in Israel and Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord’s anger that is poured out on us because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written in this book.”
Today, we find ourselves in a similar situation as the Israelites of old. Our laws, culture, and our very society have all but abandoned God. We have become like the pagans; idolizing technology and cultural icons, glorifying sexual immorality and the gratification of our sinful desires, while teaching the next generation to do the same. Though some of us still hold fast to the Lord, our country, as a whole, needs to be reintroduced to God. We need to be reintroduced to the Holy scriptures. I pray that God does not leave us to our own devices; that he doesn’t abandon us like we’ve abandoned him. I encourage you to pray for our nation. Pray that America begins to inquire of the Lord again. Pray that we are reintroduced to God and his word.
Like Josiah said in second Chronicles, “our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord”. Though this is true today, I believe there is hope. I believe that we can come back, just as Josiah and his people did. When they were reintroduced to the word of God they radically changed their ways. They read the scripture, renewed their covenant with God, and obeyed what was written. King Josiah removed the detestable idols, and all of Israel began serving the Lord their God. We need to do the same. Our nation depends on it, our children depend on it, and our future depends on it. So I encourage you to pray that we, as a country, will turn back to God with all of our heart and with all of our soul.