Truth and Love

My heart breaks as I see America slowly being destroyed from within.  Her own people are hating her.  How disheartening to watch!

Not only am I saddened, but I also have waves of anger that come over me.  It is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of bickering on social media.  The people who are sick of seeing America go downhill feel they need to speak up about these issues, and they do.  However, there is a right and wrong way to go about it.

The Truth in Love

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Ephesians 4:15 reminds us to speak the truth, but to do so with love.  We can be firm in our stance and stand for what is good and right without becoming catty and rude.  When we become like those who are screaming and shouting, we are setting no example of godliness to others.

Trust me, there is no judgement. I have been involved in several heated discussions in which I had to finally just choose to stop engaging in the argument.  Yes, consequences must be enforced to the lawless, but they must be enforced by those with the authority to do so.  (I am not telling you that you should not defend yourself if physically attacked. I am only saying we do not need to engage in heated discussion and arguments.)

Quick to Hear, Slow to Speak, Slow to Anger

James 1:19 gives clear instruction about the way we should react to certain situations.  If we are easily angered, it is best not to speak until we know that we will remain calm.  Trust me, I have uttered many rash words only to regret them later.

Sometimes, listening and making certain we have the facts can prevent a great deal of trouble.  So many false reports are being circulated.  Christians, we do not need to help circulate what is false.  Check your sources before you post or spread certain news items.

Guard Your Words

Proverbs 13:3 tells us that if we guard our words, we are guarding our lives.  Loose lips sink ships, so to speak.  We want to avoid speaking too rashly because we bring ruin to our lives and reputations.

In the second chapter of Daniel, the king issued an order for all of Babylon’s wise men to be executed.  When Daniel was told of this, he used wisdom when he spoke to those around him.  He was not rash with his words.  He did not allow his emotions to dictate him, and it saved his life.

Prayer and the Holy Spirit

Prayer is the key to all of the change America needs.  While we need to speak out as necessary, and speak with wisdom, we need to be on our knees in prayer.  We must cry out to God for revival and intervention.  We must pray for our government leaders whether or not we like them or agree with them.

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Matthew 6:33 says to seek God’s kingdom first.  This might not be popular, but God’s kingdom comes before our nation.  When we seek God’s kingdom and righteousness before all else, He will move in situations that concern us.  The American church has put the kingdom of God on the back-burner for too long.  It is time to promote the kingdom and trust God to heal our nation.

Will You Stand in the Gap?

I love my country.  The United States has always been my home, therefore, I have great patriotic feelings toward this land.  The United States of America is a blessed nation.  God’s hand has been on her from her beginning.  I am afraid that God will eventually allow our nation to reap the fruit of her deeds.

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What is troubling is the sight of our nation going further down the slope of immorality.  The immorality that I am speaking of is not the building of a wall.  My intention is not to demean anyone because that is not of God, but there comes a time when the truth must be spoken.  It is my intention to speak the truth with as much love and humility as possible.

For many years, immorality has slowly taken over our nation.  I will not list all of the nation’s sins in this post except one.  There is one that is becoming more blatant and celebrated, and that is the killing of innocent babies. When such an atrocity is disguised as a woman’s right, I feel such sadness in my spirit.

The Gap

America needs a turn around.  I realize that the latest abortion ruling took place in the State of New York, but the responsibility falls on us as a nation.  Since Roe v. Wade in the 1970’s, people have been desensitized by the enemy of our souls to the sanctity of human life.   Like any other sin that has not been covered by the blood of Jesus, the act of aborting human babies has become more blatant and celebrated.  Although I feel anger and sadness over this issue, hating the culprits will not solve the problem.

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In Ezekiel 22:30, the Lord was looking for someone to stand in the gap for another straying nation.  What is meant by standing in the gap?  Intercession through prayer is how we can stand in the gap for our nation.  There are cases in the Bible in which the prayers of God’s people changed the most dire of circumstances.

Of course, standing in the gap might also include speaking the truth in love at certain times.  I am not saying that you must get a picket sign and go scream at someone, but I am asking you to seek the Lord about ways you can stand up for the rights of unborn children.  If your actions are led by the Holy Spirit, you will not be wrong.  Fast, pray, and then take the action that the Lord might be leading.  It could be writing a letter, sending an email, or making a telephone call to any one of the parties who can bring change.  On a more challenging level, the Lord might be calling someone to adopt a baby, or help a single mother who is struggling.

Will You Stand?

I am challenging you to spend time praying for our nation and leaders.  The individual states have certain rights, but these states are still part of one nation.  When babies are being killed, and now can be killed up to birth, it is time for everyone to get involved.  These are our children.  They are the future!  If Jesus Christ does not return, life will go on even after you and I are gone.  We need young people!  We can not afford to write off the lives of our unborn babies as if they are nothing.

Pray for change to come to this situation.  Pray for repentance and revival to rise up in our land. God cares about these unborn babies.  He knows each of them, and He has not forgotten them.  Proverbs 6:17 speaks against the shedding of innocent blood.  Jeremiah 1:5 proves that God has a plan for every life that is put into a womb.

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Certainly, I do not have all the answers to the problem, but I know God does.  I also know that this type of post is unusual for this blog, but I have to speak someway.  I want to do all I can to stand in the gap for our nation and for the unborn.  Will you stand in the gap too?