November 7, 2012
The Day After
At a prayer meeting the week before the U.S. Election, Dr. Paul Cedar, President of the Mission America Coalition issued a challenge to the prayer leaders of America.
During the time leading up to the Election numerous prayer initiatives have been undertaken, seeking God’s face for the Election. America was reeling from an economic disaster where Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street had colluded to turn the housing market into a gambling casino. Christian moral values, and even religious freedom itself, had come under attack. Many hoped that the Election would turn things around.
They were wrong. Not because of the outcome of the Election, but because the problem in America is a spiritual problem, not a political problem. Only the Church can make a difference, but the Church itself is infected with the same spiritual malaise which is strangling the Country. What is needed is not a political reform, but humility, prayer, seeking God’s face, and repentance by the Church (see our 9/10 blog “Revisiting The Harbinger”). It is not the outcome of the Election, but the outcome a revival, that will save America.
Dr. Cedar’s challenge was simply this: “What will you do on November 7th?”
Will we quit praying because our candidate won and everything seems OK? Or will we quit praying because our candidate lost and we think all is lost?
The Challenge is to keep praying and seeking God for a real change brought about by a heart change, first in the Church, and then in the Country.
That was Dr. Cedar’s second challenge:
“What would happen if the church quit judging, condemning, and complaining, and instead reached out to people in love?”
What a concept. History is littered with the wreckage of Christian societies which lost their foundation of love. But, if the American Church will go back to the love foundation, we don’t have to join them.
So what are you doing on November 7th?