Israel made quick work of conquering Jericho. Then, it was off to fight a little dot on the map named Ai, but the army of Ai proved to be a formidable foe. The Amorites killed thirty-six soldiers and forced the Israelite forces to retreat from the hills.
The defeat melted the Israelites’ courage.
Joshua, the leader of the Israelites, didn’t call a staff meeting and rake his generals and field commanders over the coals for their inept combat skills. That would have been a waste of time because Israel’s success depended on the Lord. Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth in front of the Ark of the Lord, along with the other leaders of Israel. They humbled themselves and put dust on their heads.
“Why, O Lord, have You allowed this to happen to us? What shall I say about our defeat? What will You do for Your great name?” cried Joshua before the Ark.
The Lord replied:
“Israel has sinned and they have transgressed My covenant which I have commanded them…Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you.” (Joshua 7:11, 12)
Joshua aggressively searched for the sin in Israel’s midst and radically removed it. The Lord then helped Israel turn Ai into a heap of rubble.
So, how does this scriptural example compare to the actions of American Christians in reference to abortion, illegal immigration, terrorism, national debt, and so forth?
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
2 Chronicles 7:14 is one of the most mentioned scriptures in America since January 22, 1973, the day Roe vs. Wade became law. Every Evangelical preacher and ministry leader has proclaimed the verse over and over again to their followers as if it were the answer for America’s problems, but is it really the answer?
No, not the way we have used it!
Yes, the scripture is a divinely inspired verse for believers. And yes, we are supposed to humble ourselves and pray, but we’ve omitted an important part of the verse: seeking His face. We need to seek Him and ask the same questions that Joshua asked: “Why, O Lord, have You allowed this to happen to America? What shall we say about our defeat? What will You do for Your great name?”
Why did God allow this to happen to America? Why? Why? Why?
To add even more insult to our wounds, Norma McCorvey (aka Jane Roe) is now a Christian and has admitted to perjuring herself in the Roe vs. Wade case. Her lawyers fabricated the figure of 10,000 female deaths each year due to botched abortions, The number was less than 100. Plus, the pro-abortion Supreme Court justices (especially William O. Douglas), knew they had no constitutional precedent, and thus plotted to “finesse” the issue.”
Roe versus Wade became the law of the land because of lies and deceptions by the plaintiffs and the Supreme Court Justices.
So, why did God allow abortion and the other judgments to fall on America? What horrible sin have we committed that has led to 60,000,000 aborted babies?
(Continued in Part 4)