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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

National Crisis

2 Chronicles 7:14 - 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.

Author Aiden Wilson Tozer died in 1963. He was a pastor and writer. His books are still popular today and many follow his teachings. His discipleship impact continues today. I recently ran across something Mr. Tozer wrote, in his book, "Echoes from Eden." Look at what Tozer had to say about the United States ... more than 45 years ago.

I have little fear that any nation or combination of nations could bring down the United States and Canada by military action from without. But this I do fear-we sin and sin and do nothing about it. There is so little sense of the need of repentance-so little burden for the will of God to be wrought in our national life. I fear that the voice of blood will become so eloquent that God Almighty will have no choice but to speak the word that will bring us down. I do pray often: "Oh God, send a revival of repentance and the fear of God that will sweep through the continent that we may be spared and that we may honor Thee!"

As I read this this week, I have been watching the news of our financial meltdown. I am remembering what my pastor said Sunday about the role of greed in this national mess we have. (I think he was right.) And I marvel at how the situation that Mr. Tozer saw so many decades ago is so similar to the situation we have today.

As we fret about the economy and our government, our credibility in this world - let us fret about our integrity, our selfishness, our greed and our moral character as a nation. Perhaps we need a bailout bill for that!

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