Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Dawning of a New Era

Today marks the beginning of a new era for America. President Obama's Inauguration speech was a classic and will long be remembered for its eloquence. As I listened, I felt a sense of hope that I haven't felt in our nation in a while. Even though I do not agree with many of President Obama's positions, it is my God-directed duty to lift him up in prayer and to support those things that scripture will allow.
He laid out his first 100 days for us:

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.
1. We will build …that feed our commerce and bind us
a. the roads and bridges,
b. the electric grids and
c. digital lines
2. We will restore science to its rightful place, and
a. wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and
b. lower its cost.
3. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel
a. our cars and
b. run our factories.
4. And we will transform our schools and colleges and Universities to meet the demands of a new age.

All this we can do. And all this we will do.

The Main thing we must remember is that "unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it." We must collectively fall to our knees and cry out to the one who can change the circumstances of our present decline. We are tallest when on our knees.

God cannot honor or bless a nation who ignores His instruction or who denies His very existence. We, the God-fearing, God-trusting, God-believing few must earnestly pray. We must sincerely repent of our own sin, and the sins of a nation that has forgotten God. We must be willing to break with popular opinion and common practice to live lives that are holy and God-honoring. We must be willing to surrender our own passions and pleasures to the One who died for our salvation. He must become more than our "cosmic blesser" and take His rightful place as King of Kings and Lord of Lords in our personal lives.

We cannot change a country. We can only allow God to change us. But as we surrender ourselves to His will, one by one we change the climate and the culture or America. We didn't wake up one day to a massive exodus from God and His principles. We gradually, one by one, ignored His reign in our lives. The path back to Godliness and blessing will come in the same way. We will not "wake up" one day to a Godly nation. We must individually allow God to transform us.