National Humility - Daniel 9:11-14
"11 All Israel has broken Your law and turned away, refusing to obey You. The promised curse written in the law of Moses, the servant of God, has been poured out on us because we have sinned against Him. 12 He has carried out His words that He spoke against us and against our rulers by bringing on us so great a disaster that nothing like what has been done to Jerusalem has ever been done under all of heaven. 13 Just as it is written in the law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not appeased the Lord our God by turning from our iniquities and paying attention to Your truth. 14 So the Lord kept the disaster in mind and brought it on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in all He has done. But we have not obeyed Him."
This morning, Pastor Mark preaches his sermon "Saving America". The parallels between the state of our nation now and the state of Israel then are astounding. Note that the scripture uses inclusive words such as "we" and "us". It's so easy for us to read that as "them" and "those", rather than including ourselves. It's not "they" have sinned against Him, it's "we" have sinned against Him. In verse 13, it says "the disaster has come on us", again using the inclusive "us". We have been formed as "One Nation, Under God" and as a nation, together we rise and fall.
As Christians, we can feel powerless to stop the way that our country is headed. What we learn from the Prophet Daniel in this text is that we need to cry out to God, to get on our knees and plea to God for mercy.
This election, some of us will vote Republican, some Democratic, and some will not vote at all. While we look to elect a leader that most closely aligns with our moral beliefs, the truth is that America needs a Savior. Our only hope is Jesus Christ.
"Lord, our nation desperately needs You. We cry out to You as a people that cling to the faith that formed this country. Show us Your glory, Your majesty, Your truth, and Your mercy. Lord, hear our cry, heal our land, breathe life into these dry and thirsty souls. Hear us from heaven. Amen"