October 5, 2006 • By Ed Wrather
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. - Matthew 6:33.
Today at a news conference Rep. Doc Hastings, who is chairman of the House ethics panel said in addressing the Mark Foley situation, "There is something gravely wrong….” The last couple of weeks have been a wake up call for the United States, with three tragic school shooting incidents along with the sick revelations of the activities of Rep. Mark Foley.
There is indeed something gravely wrong with the individuals that committed the school attacks as there is something wrong with Rep. Foley. However, this appears that it is just the tip of the iceberg. Rep. Foley’s activities are not the first sexual scandal that an elected official has been involved in but a continuation of a long list. The school attacks of recent days are not the first, but, only the most recent of many attacks upon schools in this country.
There is indeed something gravely wrong in this country and it is clear that the problem lies with the desire by some to strip all Christian values from our public sector. There can be no good that can come from turning away from God. There will be no good that will come from turning away from God. No, the opposite will be the result and we are only at the beginning of a disastrous nosedive into reaping the consequences.
Patrick Henry once said, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this good nation was founded, not by religionist, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” We need to return to this foundation. We must return to this foundation! We must return before it is too late! In 2 Chronicles 7:13 we are told of the consequences of turning from God and in the next verse of how to stop the painful plague of the bad, terrible things, "When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 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, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Is it not time for us to stand up as Christians and throw off the yoke of secular humanism and atheism? Is it not time to demand a public acknowledgement that our country is a Christian nation? Is it not time to demand that all publicly elected representatives be true believers of the One true God?
We may think that we can just enact more legislation to make our schools safer and make our Congressmen and women behave. However, it has not worked unto this point and as long as we turn our backs on God it will only become worse and worse in our country. The terrible things we see happening now are only the beginning if we do not turn back to God.
It is past time, long past time that we should once again put God first in our lives and our country. Would you pray for a spiritual awakening in this country? Would you pray as if your life and your future depended upon it? Because it does. Let us pray like we have never prayed before so that evil devouring our land may be turned away.