Youâ€™ve either met someone or heard of someone taking a break from life so he or she could â€œgo and find myself.â€ Itâ€™s understandable to want to search out oneâ€™s purpose in life, however it means youâ€™ve not yet figured out how to live your life. Determining the way to live your life is an important journey. Solomon wrote of this:
â€œForsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.â€ (Proverbs 9:6)
We should be able to assume that people want to figure out the right way to live their lives. It is vitally important that leaders seek the truth when searching for answers of how to deal with certain situations. Not seeking the truth and going oneâ€™s own way brings disaster in the end.
When you look at the reign of Jehoram, king of Judah, you see a foolish young man making grave errors. We read in 2 Chronicles 21 where Elijah the prophet wrote to this young man that because of his wicked ways, God was going to strike Judah:
â€œBehold, the Lord will strike your people with a serious afflictionâ€”your children, your wives, and all your possessions; and you will become very sick with a disease of your intestines, until your intestines come out by reason of the sickness, day by day.â€ (2 Chronicles 21:14-15)
It would serve America well to understand that God puts whom He desires into positions of leadership. As my pastor declared last Sunday, we get the government we deserve. If godly men and women will not step forward and not only vote, but also run for office, then we will have fools running the government.
Another passage from 2 Chronicles is 7:14 and Christians are very fond of quoting it. We do need humble ourselves, to pray and seek Godâ€™s face, and turn from our wicked ways so that God can will hear us and heal our land by forgiving our sins. The problem is too many Christians donâ€™t believe God can actually do this. Many believe we are too far gone. I donâ€™t know about your god, but my God is able to do all things:
â€œThen they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city for a dwelling place.â€ (Psalm 107:6-7)
We have foolish men and women running our nation because we have been fools in electing them. We have believed the lie of separation of church and state. We have believed the lie that government sanctioned and tax-payer funded murder of just one unborn baby is acceptable in the eyes of God.
We fall for candidates telling us they will defend life and marriage when we can look at their past record and somehow see potential when the evidence shows the opposite. We become like Charlie Brown trusting that this time Lucy wonâ€™t pull the football away at the last second. Solomon has some harsh words for that type of fool:
â€œAs a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.â€ (Proverbs 26:11)
Our nation needs a revival and it will not come from the top down. Each of us, you and me, need to confess of our own sins in what has happened to our country. We need to repent for not voting, or voting for the lesser of two evils. We need to stop using our own wisdom and seek Godâ€™s:
â€œDo you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.â€ (Proverbs 26:12)
Born-again believers need to leave their Christian ghettos and come back into the mainstream and plant high the banner of Jesus Christ. America has been on the wrong path for too long and Christians have foolishly allowed the trek, be it at break-neck speed with the Democrats, or a slow country drive with the Republicans. Either way, the destination leads to destruction.
We need to forsake foolishness.
Then God will hear our cry, forgive our sins, and heal our land.
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