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From the Mountain for week of May 31, 2012e

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By Bea Wallen

Bea Wallen
From A Mothers Heart
Standing Up For Truth In A Confused World

Jesus told his followers, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” You are the light if the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand and it gives light to all who are in the house.
“Let your light so shine before men, tat they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16).
If Christians won’t stand up for truth and pray for our sinful confused world, then who will? Most of us realize we need God’s help. Yet, even in the midst of some of the worst times out nation is facing. I haven’t seen one leading public figure in government or industry stand up and say that our country needs God’s help. Not one!
Perhaps this shouldn’t surprise us. For decades, our courts, politicians and educators have done everything they could to remove God from the public square. Our nation has ceased to acknowledge and worship God. We have arrogantly exalted ourselves and we’ve come to believe we can fix every national ailment without God’s assistance.
Our current plight reminds me of the Prophet Jeremiah’s warning to Israel. They were on the brink of God’s judgment through the invasion of Babylonian forces.
Jeremiah issued the Lord’s stern rebuke “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water and have dug their own cisterns broken cisterns that cannot hold water” (Jeremiah 2:13).
Their chief offense was that in their comfort and ease they had forgotten the God who had delivered them through the centuries and instead relied on their own self- righteousness. They had forsaken the Source of all blessing and constructed a self- reliant society that was doomed to fail eventually.
That has a familiar ring doesn’t it? America was once a nation that honored and trusted God, albeit imperfectly. Many of today’s prestigious institutions were founded by Christians, and precepts from Scripture were foundational for instruction. Presidents and national leaders embraced Christianity’s influence on civil matters, and God’s moral laws were encoded into our judicial system.
Today that godly heritage has been abandoned and rejected and I believe we are truly paying the price. Greed is wrong, and the lack of personal integrity has massive consequences. We’ve built a culture of our own making that is on the verge of destruction.
The biblical scenario for personal and national restoration is always the same confession of sin, repentance and renewed obedience to the Lord and his ways. Not our ways!
This is a time of testing for our country. Will we acknowledge our sin and turn back to God? Will we call on God for help in our hour of distress, or will we continue to further distance ourselves from his word and his help?
God always leaves room for repentance. He is patient and long suffering. But there comes a time when he finally allows us to reap what we’ve sown. That will be a bitter harvest one that I pray we will not experience.
Now is the time for believers to take a stand to call on the Lord, confess our sin and be cleansed. Now is the time to be salt and light in a dark season. If we do, perhaps God will move in mercy and grace to heal our land. The answer is straight forward: “Return faith less people I will cure you of backsliding (Jeremiah 3;22)
“For I am merciful; declares the Lord I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your quilt” (Jeremiah 3:12-13).
I can truthfully say “Jesus Christ is our only hope for our world” We as believers must evangelize our world. Evangelism isn’t right wing or left wing; evangelism is caring for the hearts of people who are lost, and sharing the good news.
From my heart.