Is judgment coming to the USA? Multiple leaders among the Christian Church has predicted it in the future. Some folks are even comparing our country to Sodom and Gomorrah. In Genesis 18, God said to Abraham that the cry of sin was great in those cities. For this reason, he decided to destroy them. This is when Abraham began to intercede or pray for those cities and for his family. It is interesting that we can get God’s attention when we do right and when we seek him. Also, it is true that we can draw him when our “sin cries out” to the heavens in a frightful way. Just how favorable are we looking to God as a country? How about the impression that we are making to him personally. Only God knows what the future holds and what he has in store for America.
What is certain about the outcome is that the Church can make a difference. As Abraham pleaded to God about the destiny of the cities, God listened. A fascinating conversation takes place in the chapter between the two. Abraham asked God if he would destroy those cities if there were fifty righteous people living there. God said that he would spare Sodom and Gomorrah for fifty righteous. Then as Abraham pleaded, it seemed as if he was able to talk God all the way down to ten. God in his great mercy agreed that he would spare the wicked cities for ten righteous men or women. Abraham then exits the conversation as if to resolve the issue and to ease his mind. Ironically, there was not even ten righteous folks in the town and God destroyed them with fire and brimstone. However, he did spare Lot and family because they did not partake in wickedness and because of Abraham’s prayers.
Although God heard the cry of sin, he also heard another kind of voice. It was the cry of intercession pleading for mercy. If there has ever been a divine call to pray for our country, the time is now. God’s ears are open to see how the Church will react. He will listen to the prayers of the righteous. The voice of the Church ought to be louder than the shriek of sin. Maybe the country is in such bad shape because it is the other way around. It is time for the Church to rise up and speak against sin and stand up for the truth. The Church must pray for the lost and let the light shine bright. The light should not just shine in the sanctuary, but to the four corners of the world. It should shine in private and in public, even where the world wants to ban it. As God’s ears are open, what will he hear from you? Will you heed the call to pray today? You could make the difference today for an eternity.
Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother And Sister In Christ. (All comments are welcomed at [email protected])