A Prayer for Adversity
A young nation has experienced major battles in the past and by God’s divine intervention has been able to overcome and be victorious. With the crumbling of the family and its repercussions, our nation may be in the midst of the most threatening battle to date. A whole generation became victim to an extraordinary cultural coup and is now reeling in its consequences. A new voice forged, celebrated and worshipped an idol representing anti-establishment, alternative lifestyles and all other things contrary to God. In what was trumpeted and widely proclaimed as a victory, became a stunning defeat. Like a sweeping tidal wave, the counter-cultural movement toppled a solid foundation built by God-fearing people and flooded the plains with the promotion and eventual public acceptance of new ideas and beliefs. The one true God was effectively replaced by the worship of self.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)
Today’s popular culture has been carefully molded and shaped by a revolutionary force. Its philosophy has permeated itself into our government, the judicial system, the media, public education, Hollywood and other places of great influence. Time has elapsed. The cracks of a man-made foundation are becoming more exposed and pronounced. The Great Society has turned out to be not so great. Orchestrated sound-bites of shallow solutions are becoming more muddled each day while social engineers behind the scenes frantically patch the cracks with more of the same ingredients. The debate in public policy intensified between those concerned about individual choice rather than community autonomy; more government mandates versus personal responsibility; activist judging against those who just want to be left alone. The level of confidence, trust and respect normally granted to government leaders is dangerously deteriorating to new levels. People are asking, “How much longer can we be misled?” “We need a strong leader!” And in their angst of expecting way too much from our head of state in a system of checks and balances, the balance of power can swiftly change to a single voice inviting catastrophe and loss of personal freedom.
“But mark this: There will be terrible time in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, …” (2 Timothy 3:1-2)
I am not prophesying the end is near nor ruin your day with more bad news. My hope is to point out that our nation is following a path that has been the downfall of other great nations throughout history, plus provide a solution. History shows that a nation can destroy itself in immorality and societies seem to never learn this cycle. Yet, this never-ending conflict of good and evil is nothing new to individuals. The consequences of bad decisions wreck personal lives and in the same way dismantle great nations.
God can bring hope to our nation just as He freely gives hope to us as individuals. When our choices create an empty void prompting us to re-consider our values, our life and our purpose, a window of opportunity is presented to reveal God’s love and his purpose for us. Forgiveness and restoration becomes available. Repentance is a painful realization brought on by the crumbling of stubborn pride. Only through a broken and contrite spirit can God reveal himself. By surrendering to his will and his sovereignty, we receive our deepest longing for love, hope and peace.
God may choose to bless our nation with a quick and sweeping wave of repentance, but the signs are pointing a different direction. The Christian church is too distracted and too busy. Either they are too absorbed in their own lives, or choosing political reform over changing hearts, or not allowing themselves to spiritually mature in God’s Word. My prayer is that God will do something and stop the trend, but it can’t be in the form of material prosperity.
My prayer is that God will allow a time of great adversity to come upon our land. I know this is a risky prayer and my family could be greatly affected. Social chaos and anarchy could easily reign in our streets threatening the great experiment we have called democracy. However, it is in adversity that we grow as people. It is through times of great struggle that can lead multitudes of men and women to their knees in prayer. A sense of community is established in times of need and I believe that people today will respond positively to a crisis. More importantly, difficult circumstances cause people to reach out to God for healing. When the multitudes lift up their hands to God, a new foundation can be built.