Does morality matter? In the Bible we read about Judah, with its capital Jerusalem, becoming a great nation for many years. But, the people forgot the source of their greatness. The last chapter of 2 Chronicles (36) records the pitiful end of Judah as a nation. King Zedekiah and the people were warned again and again, but they refused to humble themselves. Of Zedekiah, the Bible says, “He became stiff-necked and hardened his heart and would not turn to the Lord, the God of Israel. Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful, following all the detestable practices of the nations…” (vv. 13-14). The people slid backward with their leaders. “[T]hey mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy” (v. 16). The Word of God is clear. God deals with nations according to their morality. Proverbs 14:34 declares, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” Let’s make no mistake here. The United States is a blessed and prosperous country. Yet, we continue to free fall in our rebellion against God. The greatest danger is for His people, the church, just to sit by with no concern. If we really love our country and the people around us, let us cry out to God for forgiveness and restoration. There is still time! God provides an open door of repentance. Our Lord Jesus gave himself as the “once for all” remedy for sin and our hardened hearts. Will we humble ourselves and pray…or just slide into sin and compromise? Believe that your prayers affect the future! Let God give you a sensitive and broken heart over the evil in our hearts and our nation. Perhaps, our nation will be healed. Are you part of the problem or the solution?
Pastor Mark Boucher