A Call to National Repentance
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, September 14 2009 00:00|
Pastors, Leaders, and Men....
We've been taking an altogether wrong approach to the severe recession in which we find ourselves. For many of us the strategy has been, "I just need to hang on until things gets better. I just need to weather the storm."
But we are not only in a financial recession. We've been sinking into a moral, relational, and spiritual depression for decades.
For example, 50,000,000 babies have been aborted since abortion was legalized in 1973. The life expectancy of a child born between 1973 and today averages about 75 years. But the life expectancy of a child conceived between 1973 and today is 49 years. The most dangerous place to be since 1973 is in a mother's womb!
We've also been in a family depression for decades. Tonight, 33% of America's 72,000,000 children will go to bed in a home without a biological father. And we've been in a marriagedepression for decades. 40% of first marriages ended in divorce affecting about 1,000,000 children each year. We are also in a spiritual depression. Declining interest in Jesus Christ, especially among younger disillusioned people, has sapped the spiritual vitality out of the church.
So why the sudden concern about a financial recession when a moral, relational, and spiritual depression has engulfed our nation for decades?
In retrospect it now seems obvious. When we were doing well financially, we were willing to wink at the moral, relational, and spiritual depression all around us. Praise God that he was not willing to let that stand. This recession is at least God's warning and possibly God's judgment, but in either case his grace to lead us to repentance:
Recently I gave a message on this text to The Man in the Mirror Bible Study entitled "A Call to National Repentance." You can view two excerpts on You Tube:
Men, this problem is too big to be solved anywhere except on our knees. There is no human solution -- no human ingenuity -- that can fix this. Someone has said, "No matter how far you have traveled down a wrong road, the only solution is to turn back."
Will you join me in turning back to God? Will you join me in repenting? Will you join me in calling your friends and family to repent? Will you join me in calling for national repentance? Will you join me in calling our nation back to God?
National repentance is our only sure hope.
Yours for changed lives,