We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For! : Happy Birthday America


God bless America, land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.

As worship ended Sunday at Doral Vineyard, Pastor Ralph Gomez played the “God Bless America” video by Martina McBride.

As hands crossed chests, and wet eyes were wiped, God spoke these above words to me.

America, the land that I love, is traversing through a night. I don’t foresee a rapid end to it. As a matter of fact, it is deepening and elongating itself, as God tests her soul. His test is one of a metal which encounters the fire and exposes the impurities, to then have them cut away.

God is so smart. He uses America’s rejection of Him to cause her to sink into gnawing despair of darkness which will bring her back to Him.

Morally, America is delving into things which take her into profound darkness. She call things which are sinful as normal and acceptable. This type of thinking is labeled reprobate.  A reprobate philosophy fails the test and is rejected. It fails because of inability to distinguish between right and wrong. It calls right wrong and wrong right. It is birthed in a heart which has rejected God.

As America despises its creator, it hardens his heart towards Him. In the callousness of the heart, the nation is alienated from the ways of its God. By this alienation, it becomes increasingly ignorant of His ways. In its ignorance, deception and darkness flourish. The culmination of thinking in deception is called a reprobate mind.

This then is the judgment of God. He says, to America, “You don’t want me, have at it.”  The process described above then follows. Yet it’s a loving God’s will that as America hits her bottom, and it will, she will cry again for Him.

We have an American government which consistently does things in opposition to God’s principles for blessing and success.  It makes hasty and impetuous decisions. It makes them in obstinacy, stubbornness and defiance. The Bible calls this a stiff neck.  It makes its decisions, dissing historical precedence for wise counsel and promotes its own set of untested agenda, also called lawlessness.

1 King 12:8  But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

Pr 19:2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

Jer 17:23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

This threefold recipe is an absolute shoo in for calamity, and the coming of a perfect storm.

America is in a heck of a financial mess. More than that, America is financially bankrupt. What saves America, is that most of the world is bankrupt as well.

It’s wrong to blame the government. We must blame ourselves. It is our corporate greed, selfishness and corruption which have brought on the financial crisis. It is the rejection of God and His guidance and principles.  It’s the un renewed sinful nature actively at work.

America’s greatest ill, and the one which spurs all other woes is her rejection of God, her dependency on His wisdom and guidance, and her neglect of His Word, the Bible, as her road map.

Alas, but there is still hope. The verse to the song says:

God bless America, land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.

America is traversing through the dark night of her soul.  God will stand beside her. If there was nothing else, God does not forget the sacrifice of many who have bled and sweated and died to uphold Him and His principles, in her bosom.

The keys to America are in the hands of the church. Her darkness is sure to get dimmer. God is the consummate optimist, however. He shines in times of turbulence. He loves the crisis.  God knows that it is in watershed moments that many turn back to Him.

Isa 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

The church must seize upon these times. She is the light that shines in darkness.

Mt 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

She is the salt in the insipid and morose greyness of deception.

Mt 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

The church is God’s love letter to broken mankind marred by the illusions of sin.

Eph 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

More than ever, America cries for guidance.  America is despairing for leaders.  Just look at the many presidential hopefuls she has. Most of them leave God out of the equation of governance, a most serious mistake.

The church, however, is uniquely crafted to offer excellent leadership in these squally times.

The world is waits for the churches headship. It just doesn’t know it.

I think that it was a someone who once said, “We are the ones we have been waiting for”. How apropos is this for the church?  God is counting on the church to arise. We must grab these times and lead. We must take our place as love, salt and light.  America is saying, “Church, you are the one I have been waiting for.” Happy birthday America!

Ro 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature (America) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

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