A National Day of Repentance?

Failure

Instead of a National Day of Prayer, let’s have a National Day of Repentance.

By Patrick R. Allen

One Day Won’t Fix It! Or will it?

Today, Americans will supposedly get on their knees and pray together as a nation. But what are we praying for? Who are we praying to? And why does it matter? Is it too late for our nation? Are we praying for ourselves as individuals or are we praying an intercessory prayer for our nation or for those being persecuted? These are all great questions—that no one is asking. If we are to pray as one voice to God, shouldn’t we know what we need? Some would answer these questions on an individual basis, but knowing our sinful hearts we would fail to be unison in our effort. Some would say that we need to pray for revival, but most have a skewed idea what that is. Since most of the folks that will be doing the praying will be lay persons, it seems to me that our local pastors should be setting the tone. But are they even on the same sheet of music?

Blessed beyond measure

The United States of America has been blessed as the most prosperous nation to exist on the face of God’s Earth. Not many would dispute this statement. So what have we done with this great blessing? Many wars fought and won, great evils dispatched to hell, and many wonderful inventions and ideas were born from this great land. America used to be the place to migrate because you were free to be whom God created you to be. Freedom alone was worth dying for, just to have a taste of it. But those accomplishments are a thing of the past. As a nation we now squander billions of dollars each year and allow millions to suffer and die from simple things like starvation or dysentery. Have we become so self-involved at both a personal and national level that millions are dying because of it? The harsh but simple answer is: YES! “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.”[1]

Judged for Selfies?

If one were to look at social media and pop culture, they would deduct that Americans have become worshippers of themselves. Even our President and Vice President are guilty of this. The outward symbol of self-worship is the “selfie.” It is so popular that just about everyone on the planet is guilty of it. But does it really mean that we are guilty of self-worship? No, but if the most pictures you take and publish are of yourself then you may need to examine your faith. Those who take it to extremes may as well call themselves pharoah. “It’s hard to imagine a more biblical definition of devil worship than an exaltation of the self, an exaltation of the ego, and a tearing down of that countercultural sign of the cross.”[2] Based on our love of self, do we as a nation deserve God’s wrath? Yes, but there is still hope.

Hope or Nope

For believers we can cling to the hope of Christ’s second coming and the promise of eternity with Christ. For non-believers they couldn’t care less. This is the root cause of many problems in our society. The lack of hope or faith in God through Jesus leads to hopelessness or faithlessness; both of these are detrimental to a society. President Ronald Reagan once said: “A nation that is not under God is a nation that has gone under.” No truer statement has been stated by a President in modern history. The atheist says to the existence of God: NOPE. Because of this, the question of “what was I made for?” can never be answered. The hope-filled answer is removed as an option altogether.

Let’s Play Ball!

Our current society lives by a Shakespearean motto of “Eat, Drink and be Merry. For tomorrow we die.” This motto was made even more mainstream through popular musicians, with many songs sticking to this mantra. Satan is in a full-court press, and modern Christians have been conditioned to be in prayer and prayer alone. If David had only prayed about defeating Goliath, the battle would have never been won. Instead, David trusted that God would be with him throughout the battle. He still needed to confront the giant head on, despite the odds. David prayed and then he acted upon the will of God. We must be in both prayer and action. But first…

The time is fulfilled.

”Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’”[3] The time has indeed come, this must be our stand. We must repent and believe! Our nation is at an impasse, we must make our choice. We must choose who we will serve. Jesus said: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”[4] So on May 1st 2014, the National Day of Prayer, who will you pray to, what are you praying for, and why are you praying? If I was asked that group of questions, here is how I would respond: I am praying to God the Father, through my Lord Jesus Christ. I am praying for our nation to be forgiven of our sins and delivered. I am praying because our nation has fallen away from God and the only way we can be spared of His wrath is through repentance as a nation. Our nation has been richly blessed and by God’s grace we can still do His will with those blessings. My favorite Old Testament book is the Book of Joshua. Mostly because he was a great leader of warriors, much like I have also been given charge of many warriors throughout my military career. Joshua gives the nation of Israel an ultimatum: “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”[5]

Must such a line be drawn in the sands of time for the United States of America?

I say yes!

Upon hearing the Gospel we must repent of our sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and it all begins with me. Each individual must make the choice of their own accord. Joshua never commanded the Israelites to serve the Lord, but he did give them the choice to make in their own hearts and of their own free will.

[1] Luke 12:48 NIV

[2] Quote by Russell D. Moore

[3] Mark 1:14-15 NIV

[4] Luke 16:13 NIV

[5] Joshua 24:15 NIV

Patrick Allen attends Liberty University working toward a B. S. of Religion. He’s married to the love of his life, Amy, and been married for over 10 years. They have 3 beautiful daughters: Madelyn Reese, 7; Ainslie Grace, 4 ; and Teagan Catherine, 2. Patrick is also a member of the Virginia Army National Guard (17 years of service). He’s a passionate believer in Jesus Christ and was also a fitness instructor. Connect with him on Twitter @PatrickAFT

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