Hello again friends. Sorry for the extended delay between blog posts, but an illness in the family has taken priority position on our to do list. Won’t go into details here, but answered prayers and a fine rehab facility are producing steady progress. For those who know, thanks for your concern, your calls, your hospital visits, your encouraging words, and your prayers for mom. God is Good, Faithful, and Able (Hebrews 13:8).
As a novice to the world of social media, I’ve learned that Facebook and other digital tools can serve as a barometer of the thoughts, feelings, and responses of friends and family to recent tragedies, news stories, political issues, and US supreme court decisions. Many of these reactions appear as a picture of the US flag, an eagle, or a famous US monument, with captions that read “Pray for America,” “America Needs God,” or a similar sentiment. For the record, I agree with these sentiments, and join you in praying for the United States of America. But please stay with me for a few more moments…
- Some proclaim and celebrate their “freedom from religion,” not realizing that the US Constitution protects us from a state mandated/sponsored central religion so that, instead, under the phrase “freedom of religion,” we can seek and follow God as we understand Him to be.
- When political issues and other events are proclaimed, when tragedy occurs, when crimes are committed against people, families and children, some say the church is no longer relevant in our society.
- Others say that the church has lost the culture war. [Maybe the culture is showing us that we’ve forgotten something: the church is engaged in a spiritual war, and the last time I checked the book of Revelations, God wins.]
For some time now I have listened to God’s word, to pastors, to evangelists, to Brenda, and to the Holy Spirit during my quiet moments. In II Chronicles 7:14 (NIV), God says, “If My people, which 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 will heal their land.”
When I was a kid in church, one of our pastors, the Rev. Roger Cullison, had a famous line that we were privileged to hear at least once in a month of Sundays. “When you point your index finger at someone else, don’t forget that there are still 3 fingers pointing back at you.” Over 40 years later, I still strive to take these words to heart, and to look in the mirror first.
In the days of Solomon, when II Chronicles 7:14 was penned, the verse applied to the Hebrew children; today, we apply these words to the church. If MY PEOPLE, which are called BY NAME… Yes, I want my land, our land, to be healed. But when I look at the verse, if I pray with the end of the verse as my primary goal it seems that I am missing the point. It doesn’t say, “America Needs God.” Instead, it says, “Ken Needs God.” I’ve been praying for some time now, “God, please show me Your face. Please pour your Holy Spirit of revival on me and on my family.” Because there are three fingers pointing back at me…