Are We Right?
Jesus said, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell everything you and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come and follow me” (Matthew 19:21). Men do not have peace in this world because they have too much clutter in their lives. This clutter, in turn, keeps them from God. Nothing in life is settled until it is settled right; and nothing is settled right until it is settled with God. And the only way to get right with God is through repentance and faith—repentance from sin, and faith in Jesus Christ.
A famous evangelist once advertised his campaigns with the slogan, “Get Right with God.” That is the issue facing us today, both as a nation and individually. Sinning Christians must get right with God by repentance and faith. This is more than just admitting weaknesses and shortcomings. We can do that and not be right with God. Likewise, no nation will ever be right until it gets right with Him.
My friend, are you right with your husband? With your wife? With your children? With your parents? With your neighbors? With your fellow church members? With your employer?
Are we right as a nation? Nothing is sacred now and ungodliness invades even the halls of Congress and our highest courts. A Jeremiah weeping over the sins of the people is a laughingstock to the debonair false prophets crying out “Peace” when there is no peace. Conditions that should put the nation at the mourner’s bench become subjects for wisecracks and ridicule. We mock at our national sins and warmongering. Tragedy has become comedy.
It is a sad day for any people when they laugh at those things that should make them weep. But God has provided a solution to all these ills by providing a Mediator in His Son: “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Our Lord offers an Emancipation Proclamation to every slave of sin. He offers a Declaration of Dependence to all who would look to Him for every need. And He offers a Declaration of Interdependence for God’s people as a balm for our isolation and loneliness.
Would we say “Amen” if God started a revival in some other nation than ours? How much more should we seek revival in our own!
October 27, 2003
David Alan Black is the editor of www.daveblackonline.com. He is currently finishing his latest book, Why I Stopped Listening to Rush: Confessions of a Recovering Neocon.