Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Fate of a Nation

Many people quote 2 Chronicles 7:14 when they're discussing the state (or fate) of a nation. It says, "If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. " And the usual commentary leads to the conclusion that the nation, as a whole, is headed in the wrong direction. And the whole population is at fault, needing to change. In truth, that whole concept is 100% fallacy! Read the verse.

First, it says "My people", referring to them being God's people, not claiming to be God's people nor being such in name only.

Second, the verse says they "are called by My name". Not playing being Christian, lukewarm, but no fruit. Instead, those recognized by their faith as belonging to God. In other words, the true Christian church.

We say that God is merciful & gracious, then would have Him expect unbelievers to understand the waywardness of their ways without any help in understanding. Because it's an easy way to avoid the responsibility that this verse says the church really has. It's not the people, it's God's people that need repentance, that need to show leadership in guiding the nation, that need to become humble, pray & call upon Him.

Father, help us to be who You would have us to be. Amen!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the Bill. Very true. We seem to forget it's talking about God's people not people who maybe talk about God when it serves their purposes.

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  2. We can't ever forget that God never invades the space set aside for our free will. Along with that freedom comes the responsibility to use it wisely. And not assume someone else will act wisely in our stead.

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