By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
West Virginia has taken the spotlight and received much media attention lately. Many are talking about the Revival that has captured Global Christian News and attracted people from other states to Williamson. Also, a laid off coal miner has become a voice to the nation and has appeared on virtually all media outlets. Presidential candidates have visited this week hoping to rally voters to their cause. Perhaps the greatest event of the week was Franklin Graham leading WV in the National Day of Prayer. Nearly 5000 people gathered at the Capitol to seek God for America. This avenue of the awakening drew people from all over West Virginia for life-long transformation.
Franklin Graham delivered a powerful message to the mountaineers from Nehemiah 1:1-7: “Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant…which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.” Our nation is in trouble because we have wondered from the commandments of the Lord. Just as Jerusalem was broken and left in ruins, so it is with our country spiritually. Through repentance, returning to God, and following his plan, Nehemiah was able to lead Israel to restoration in 52 days. Mr. Graham is calling all to follow this pattern through repentance from our sins and returning to God as a nation.
Although the future of our country looks bleak, there is hope for renewal. The blessings of the Lord have made us the greatest nation on earth. Through him, we can become great again. The only hope for the restoration of America and our personal lives is through Jesus. It will not come through a political party only. As Christians, we do have a duty to research the candidates, pray for God’s wisdom, and vote. The Church must get involved in politics so that we can preserve our great heritage and religious liberties. As West Virginians, we can be proud of our values and what God is doing. It may be time for the other states to look to our leadership and learn what faith can accomplish.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])