In case you missed it, Charles Stanley had a blistering message on July 4th Sunday. He was quite vocal about the direction our country is headed. He’s correct, Believers! We have fallen down on our job as Christians and it seems like we’ve lost quite a bit of our saltiness. He has called the Christians of America to 140 days of prayer, for our nation and for our leaders is one of our jobs. You can download the PDF file which has each week’s focus at the link I've provided.
Our nation is 234 years old, barely knee-high to the Roman Empire which lasted more than 10 centuries. However, what took the Romans 700 years to reach, we’ve accomplished in less than 300 years. There are lots of reasons Rome fell. It isn’t all boiled into one sticky reason. The economy of Rome compared to what is happening in the U.S. is startiling.
Breaking down the economic reasons are:
- Continual state of war (the high costs of life as well as money)
- The cost of free wine and food for the citizens
- Cheap housing
- Decreasing value of coins (adding other metals to gold the same as printing more money without the capital to back it up.)
- Hoarding of gold by the emperors
Just to name a few of the problems that escalated over time. Other reasons that have been studied by scholars include:
- High divorce rate
- Lack of respect for life
- Constant demand for entertainment (costly in itself)
- Disregard for God
Any of those apply to the U.S.?
We Christians know from Bible study that the last one is the real reason why nations fall. Any historian can tell you that when the king or leader of a nation turned from God, (or threw out the Jews) that is when the nation’s decline began.
Today, we are at a crossroads.
The Silent Majority can choose to remain silent, which is why we are in the dire straits now. Or the Silent Majority can choose to Pray Up. God promised that…
IF… My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:13–14)
That is no small promise. It is also conditional. We must do our job so that our land will be healed. One way to do that is to commit to praying for our country for the next 140 days. Join me in this endeavor. It costs nothing, but the harvest will be vast beyond measure.