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The scriptures tell us that the experiences of Israel in the Old Testament are given to us as examples for us in the end times.  (1 Cor 10:11)

Recall the times of the book of Judges.  Israel would fall into unbelief and rebellion against God and therefore receive the judgments and curses that God told them they would get for such actions.  In Deuteronomy chapter 28, God tells us what will happen when we obey his voice and when we do “not harken unto the voice of the Lord thy God”.  God says that when we “harken  diligently” to his voice then his blessings will overtake us.  We will be blessed in the city and in the field, the fruit of our bodies and the fruit of the ground, and in our livestock, our enemies will be defeated and he will bless all that we set our hand to do.  All this and more will he curse if we don’t obey his commandments and statutes. If we have no fear of the Lord then we will justly reap what we sow.  When Israel in the book of Judges would see their need and cry out to God, then he would send a deliverer. Israel had to see their fault that was bringing the cursing to them and their land.  They had to see who they were as a people and repent before the nation could receive God’s blessing.

Now we as a nation need to see just who we have become in the sight of God.  Our present President has said that we are no longer a Christian nation.  Is this so, have we we forgotten God?  In the last 60 years or so Satan has really obtained a foothold in our political, religious and educational systems and leaders.  Unbelief and rebellion against God has been growing because the leaders have taught us so.  As a nation we have lost our fear of the Lord.  This is not the first time we have been in this situation but it is most likely the last time we have to repent as a nation for all our ungodliness, for he is coming in judgment soon.

During the Civil War President Lincoln saw our condition and addressed the nation as to our need.  In 1863, in the midst of that War, he made two separate proclamations concerning the state of the spiritual and moral standing of the nation.  Below is part of these  proclamations.  Note how the President of the United States acknowledges the Supreme Authority and upon who we owe our dependence.

On March 30th he signed this proclamation which is given in part.

“Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People?  We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven.  We  have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity.  We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God.  We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”  […]

On October 3rd, Lincoln signed this proclamation:

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.  To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.  […]

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things.  They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.  It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who area sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.  And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidable engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purpose to full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”  {…}

It seems to me in this time of diverse divisions and ungodliness in this country and also of war in foreign lands that we could use similar proclamations to once again come from our governmental leaders to our own national benefit.  Though I don’t expect it to be politically correct to our ungodly, arrogant and self-righteous leaders, no matter how greatly it is needed.


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