Friday, November 16, 2012
Having come through the elections in one piece, some of us are nonetheless a little worse for the wear.
Frustrated with the negativity and whatever-it-takes-to-win attitudes, along with the obvious media bias, some of us pastors took up the fight for Godly morals and values, the upholding of our Constitution, and good old fashioned truth.
This did not sit well with a number of my parishioners, who decided pastors had no right or responsibility to utilize the Scripture to uphold Godly standards. After all, it was all about the economy, wasn’t it?
I beg to differ. According to the Bible, national woes, including economic, begin when the people forsake the Lord and make money, or something else, their god. Our economic problems are symptomatic of something much deeper. Our greatest need is our need for God. Matthew 6:33 says “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (material needs, food, clothing, etc.) shall be added unto you.”
When our relationship with God is as it should be, we can expect blessing. We learn this by God’s dealings with Israel. Deuteronomy 8 tells us clearly “Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping His commandments, lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein, and when they herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied, then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God ... and it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.”
The good news is that God’s favor is upon the nation that puts its trust in Him. Psalms 33:12 states “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Our Lord’s desire is to bless, inviting us always to come to Him. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it,” Isaiah 1:18-20. Oh, that our beloved country would come to Jesus and place her trust in Him!
I think it takes an election to make us see how bad things have become — especially spiritually and morally.
So much comes to the forefront that shows us the deceitfulness and wickedness of the human heart without the cleansing power of Jesus Christ.
There is much we take for granted until we see the enormous struggle against that which is good. While we were sleeping, Satan made huge inroads into our society, government, and yes, even the Church. If the election has done nothing else, it has raised my awareness that our country is in desperate need of spiritual renewal. Had we been more attuned to the true spiritual climate of our country, and been faithful to pray and obey God, the present wickedness we see would, in my belief, may never have been.
The cry of my heart is found in Psalms 67: “God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us; that Thy way may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations.” Would you join me in that prayer?
The Rev. Jon Van Vogt is pastor of the Flour Mill Fellowship and director of the Pataha Flour Mill near Pomeroy. He is also pastor of SonRise Church in Clarkston, Wash. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 509-951-5351. Local pastors who want to write a column should contact Catherine Hicks at 509-526-8312, or by e-mail at email@example.com.