All of which seems to put the responsibility directly upon each of us who has a personal relationship with our Saviour – much as we like to blame the immorality of others for the precipitous rate of decline. But the responsibility is ours, and it always has been. When Solomon Stoddard once challenged Increase Mather on this very point, pointing out that the covenanted Christians in seventeenth century New England were only a fraction of the population, Mather retorted that, nevertheless, that fraction was sufficient to “stand for the entire land” and “redeem the whole.” (The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel, Revell Publishing, 1977, pp. 356)
In 605 BC, the teenager Daniel and his three teenage friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, were taken as captives to Babylonia. There, because of their good looks and intelligence, the four were chosen to be advisers at the royal palace to King Nebuchadnezzar
Sadly, according to the historian, Josephus, the four youths were castrated and made eunuchs. This was a Babylonian policy at the time to insure that Hebrew leaders had no offspring and could never set up a line of succession.
Ouch, huh? But even more than the pain and the loss of masculinity, another problem arose for Daniel.
He who is emasculated by crushing or mutilation shall not enter the assembly of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 23:1)
Under the Law, Daniel could not enter the Temple in Jerusalem. He was an outcast, much like a leper. The Jewish priests in Babylonia would have known this fact about him and they would have shunned him and thought of him as unclean.
Yet, who did the Lord pick to be His chosen intercessor to end Israel’s Babylonian captivity? The nearly ninety year old eunuch: Daniel.
First, I believe part of the answer for America’s problems is:
Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. (Daniel 9:3)
Like Daniel, we American believers need to bow down and mourn our sins. We need to quit pointing our fingers at politicians, gays, abortionists, atheists, the media, and whoever else, and weep over our own mistakes.
You see, we Christians have surrendered our prophetic roles and have submitted ourselves under today’s culture in the name of tolerance and peace. We should be ashamed and unable to even look at ourselves in mirrors.
Then, I believe we need to pray like Daniel did:
O Lord, we American believers have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against You and scorned Your commands and regulations. We have refused to listen.
Lord, You are in the right; but as You see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us believers in America.
O Lord, our leaders are covered with shame because we believers have sinned against You. Therefore, the Lord has brought upon us disasters You prepared for us. The Lord our God was right to do all of these things, for we did not obey You.
O my God, lean down and listen to us American believers. Open Your eyes and see our despair. We make this plea, not because we deserve Your help, but because of Your mercy. (Daniel 9:5-18 paraphrased)
No one can guarantee that God will send revival to America. At best, this is an iffy hope, one which we believers have clutched with iron like grips for thirty years. If revival comes to America, great! But what if it doesn’t, then what?
All through the Bible, the one act which has tugged on God’s heart and changed His mind about judgment for nations, has been repentance. Can we afford to do anything less than this right now?
Consider joining with us on Tuesdays as we fast, pray, and mourn for America’s sins.