Hurricane Irma from space
My heart has been heavy the last few weeks as I’ve prayed over all the disasters that have come upon the United States—floods from Harvey; wildfires across the mid and western states, Irma—one of the biggest and most destructive hurricanes to ever hit the Caribbean and Florida; a destructive earthquake in Mexico. And that doesn’t include the ongoing unstable political situations around the world.
Social media is full of requests to pray for the victims of all these disasters. And while we should pray, I’m saddened that the majority of Americans and many Christians do not have a clue as to what these disasters might be pointing to for the future of America as a nation.
It is definitely not politically correct to say that a God of love would ever bring such disasters intentionally upon America, but if you’ve read the Old Testament, you know that God often brought judgments upon His people when they turned from Him. His judgements were never meant to totally destroy them, but to turn them back to Him!
Many Americas and Christians are ignorant of what God’s Word says on such topics as abortion, homosexuality and a multitude of other sins, and thus have been swept up into a worldview that accepts everything under an umbrella of God’s love. Even our churches have taken ungodly positions, leading many astray.
We cry out to God in our disasters, but the rest of the time we push Him out of our government, our schools and our lives. We tell Him to “leave us alone.” Perhaps that is what He is now doing.
Ann Graham Lotz, Billy Graham’s daughter, evangelist and author, believes God may be hiding His face from America, withdrawing His divine protection due to her sin.
“God always warns a nation that judgment is coming,” Lotz says. “He does not want any to perish. But if a nation does not heed His warnings, then He will unleash His anger and there is nothing — no one — who can prevent it. If God would judge His own beloved nation of Judah, why would we think America could escape?”
Lotz contends that if the premise is true that America is coming under God’s judgement and He is “removing His blessing, protection and favor,” the solution will not be found in politics or in the economy or in the military or in technology. The only solution will be found on our knees as we humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and repent of our sin. (2 Chronicles 7:14) And then plead for Him to return to us, as we return to Him. Now is the time to get serious.” (The Christian Post, 9/10/17)