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Lord, Help Me Love Democrats (Part 9)

Is abortion America’s Ai, a battle we can’t win because we have a national sin?

If so, what is our national sin(s)?

I have written and published an eBook entitled, New Wind Blowing. The fifty-four page book declares an alternative solution to the abortion problem and three other major issues:

I believe that one of America’s sins, which has opened the doors for God’s judgments of first, abortion, and then, illegal aliens, national debt, and Islamic terrorists to fall upon our nation, was our government’s treacherous handling of the Vietnam War, especially in dealing with South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Our broken promises and lies have resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent people whose blood has cried out to a just God. (An excerpt from New Wind Blowing by Larry Nevenhoven, Amazon eBook, 2013)

New Wind Blowing is a prophetic book, which means I believe the content came from the Holy Spirit. Could I be wrong? Yes, of course, I could be totally off the mark.

But yet, all of my premises in the book are backed up with numerous scriptures and historical points.

Okay, how many scriptures back up our dependence on putting faith in America’s political system to rid our nation of a sin, such as abortion? Can you name one? Probably not.

And yet, we American Christians continue to walk down the same path the Moral Majority laid out for us almost forty years ago.

What have we Christians got to lose by being open to new ideas? Or are we just so determined to keep beating the same dead horse forever with the same results at the end of the day?

(Continued in Part 10…if you are interested, the full series, which was written in 2014, may be seen here.) 

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Lord, Help Me Love Democrats (Part 8)

The first city Israel faced in the Promised Land was Jericho.

The Lord gave His leader, Joshua, unusual instructions for laying siege to the city. Joshua was told to have Israel’s army quietly march around Jericho with seven priests blowing trumpets one time each day for six days. On the seventh day, the warriors and the priests marched seven times around the city and then the warriors shouted.

The walls of Jericho fell down and the city was soon destroyed.

After sacking Jericho, the next step for Israel was Aia fortified city of 12,000 men and women.

Joshua sent scouts to check out Ai. The scouts returned and said, “Ai is a puny, insignificant city compared to Jericho. Just send two or three thousand warriors to attack it.”

Joshua listened to the scouts and sent 3,000 soldiers against Ai. The Israelites were soundly defeated and 36 men were killed.

Now, came the big test for Israel’s new leader, Joshua. What should he do?

After all, Israel had an army of three hundred thousand fighting men. Joshua could have depended solely on Israel’s numerical strength and sent them all against Ai, hoping to crush them.

Or he could have sent a different scouting party to Ai. Maybe the first group of scouts overlooked something.

Joshua chose neither of these options, but instead, he humbled himself in prayer and fasting, seeking the Lord’s answer for Israel’s defeat by Ai. Joshua was determined to do nothing this time until he heard the Lord’s voice.

What did the Lord eventually tell Joshua?

Israel has sinned…Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies… (Joshua 7:11-12)

The sin in Israel had to be identified and handled in an extreme manner to ready it for future battles. You see, God hated Israel’s sin and would not be a partner with it.

What can we American Christians learn from this example?

(Continued in Part 9…if you are interested, the full series, which was written in 2014, may be seen here.) 

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Lord, Help Me Love Democrats (Part 7)

An electrician friend of mine worked on union construction sites for over twenty years. The constant standing on concrete floors and climbing ladders took its physical toll on his body, especially his back. The back pain forced him to take pain pills so he could work each day. Over-the-counter drugs, such as ibuprofen, no longer deadened his pain, but instead, only Vicodin or other powerful prescription pain relievers helped him.

One Sunday morning, he attended church with his family. The worship singing lasted longer than usual and since he did not take Vicodin on weekends, hoping to protect his stomach and liver from side affects, his back began acting up. The pain became so excruciating that he sat down on his chair.

A person in the row behind him tapped him on the shoulder. He turned around to look at a lady whom he had never met before.

“Jesus bore your sins on the cross. Can’t you at least honor Him by standing up a few minutes during worship service?” she said, glaring into his eyes.

He nodded his head and stood back up.

Why did my friend stand up?

The lady’s condemnation shamed him into doing it. He knew Romans 8:1 and believed the words to be true, but he could not overcome the power of the lady’s condemnation at that precise moment.

Let’s multiply this one uncomfortable situation by a thousand times. Then add in all of the words spoken by almost every Evangelical preacher, schoolteacher, historian, government leader, news media expert, military member, patriot, and all of our relatives about the importance of Christians participating in politics.

Now, how willing are we to swim upstream against all of these people’s political beliefs and traditions? Admittedly, it would be tough for us to do.

But let’s be honest, what we have been doing for the last forty years has not worked. So, are we going to continue walking down the same road with the same results? Or are we willing to change?

If we do change, will the people tapping on our shoulders still shame us?

(Continued in Part 8…if you are interested, the full series, which was written in 2014, may be seen here.) 

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Lord, Help Me Love Democrats (Part 6)

Few Christians have had as great an impact on their generation as Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer.” (The Francis Schaeffer Foundation)

To say Francis Schaeffer (1912 – 1984) has had a profound impact on American Christianity would be a massive understatement. Rev. Jerry Falwell, Rev. Pat Robertson, Dr. James Dobson, Dr. Tim LaHaye, Michelle Bachmann, Randall Terry, Ralph Reed, and thousands of other Christian leaders have been greatly influenced by the writings of Dr. Schaeffer.

Along with his wife Edith, the daughter of a missionary couple to China, Schaeffer pastored two churches in America and then moved to Switzerland to be a part of missionary group in 1948.

Dr. Schaeffer and Edith eventually founded L’Abri (French for shelter) in Switzerland in 1954, which helped fulfill the couple’s dream of working with young people. It was a unique combination retreat, commune, and seminary, without really being any of the three. It was at L’Abri that Schaeffer wrote his twenty-two books and followed his intellectual pursuits in art, music, science, and politics.

In the mid-1970’s, Dr. Schaeffer produced a film/video series and a book, entitled, How Should We Then Live: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture. He toured America and was enthusiastically received by Evangelical leaders. The video series encouraged Christians to become active in politics to stop abortion.

A second video series, Whatever Happened to the Human Race, and a book, The Christian Manifesto, cemented Dr. Francis Schaeffer as the guiding light for the entrance of Evangelicals into American politics. Schaeffer set the tone and agenda for today’s Christian Right.

Schaeffer’s books and videos are still used in Evangelical seminaries today.

Rev. Jerry Falwell embraced the writing and teachings of Dr. Francis Schaeffer. And because of that, Falwell arrived at the same wrong conclusions that Schaeffer did: that the entrance of Evangelical Christians into politics would remove abortion and other sinful practices from our nation.

Sadly, we’re still making the same mistakes today after almost forty years of going down the wrong road.

(Continued in Part 7…if you are interested, the full series, which was written in 2014, may be seen here.) 

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Thursday’s Prayers for America (10/27/2016)

 

King David sinned by numbering the fighting men in Israel. His sin was that he put his faith in the size of his army rather than in the size of his God.

The Lord eventually sent the prophet Gad to confront David and offer the king three options:

So Gad came to David and told him, and said to him, “Shall three years of famine come to you in your land? Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days’ pestilence in your land? Now consider, and decide what answer I shall return to him who sent me.” (2 Samuel 24:13)

King David’s answer is my prayer for America today:

Lord, we cry out to You that our nation would fall into Your hands because Your mercy is great, but let us not fall into the hands of man. (Based on 2 Samuel 24:14)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America.

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Lord, Help Me Love Democrats (Part 5)

Does the word, Nehushtan, ring any bells with you?

Probably not, but it was the name of the brass idol King Hezekiah broke into pieces and destroyed after he ascended to the throne of Judah. Yet, Nehushtan was not created as an idol.

Seven hundred years earlier, while on their wilderness journey, Israel sinned by speaking against God, Moses, and also complaining about the food. God sent fiery serpents among the people to get their attention. Many died, causing the others to ask Moses to seek the Lord. Moses prayed and the following two verses were the results:

And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. (Numbers 21:8-9)

Okay, put on your thinking caps for a moment.

Were the Israelites healed because of the brass serpent’s healing powers or because they obeyed the words spoken by the omnipotent God?

Obviously, the answer was their obedience to God.

Now, let’s look at the Civil Rights Movement here in America.

Did the 1964 Civil Rights Act come about because of the many marches, bus rides, and speeches or because God’s hand was on the Civil Rights protestors?

The answer is simple: God’s hand produced the victory.

“The unwavering belief that we were doing God’s work became a daily source of faith and courage that undergirded our freedom movement.” (Coretta King)

When Rev. Jerry Falwell studied the success of the Civil Rights Movement, he overlooked the three hundred years of prayer, fasting, and crying out to God for deliverance by generations of black people. He did exactly what Israel did with the brass serpent, Nehushtan. Falwell looked at the end results and latched onto the vehicle of God’s deliverance for African-Americans, which was government.

Why did Falwell choose to emphasize the political arena rather than prayer and fasting?

Here’s my guess, which comes from thirty years of experience: he took the easier path. You see, it’s a lot easier to get people enthused about laying the blame on perceived enemies, like politicians, judges, the media, and so forth, than it is to get them to fast and pray, seeking God’s will and ways on handling issues.

(Continued in Part 6…if you are interested, the full series, which was written in 2014, may be seen here.) 

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Lord, Help Me Love Democrats (Part 4)

 

In the late 1980’s, Charisma Magazine published an interview of Dr. David Yonggi Cho, pastor and founder of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea. Cho stated the simple reason Yoido had 1,000,000 members was prayer. He went on to say that he and his more than four hundred assistant pastors averaged three hours per day in prayer. The church’s prayer team consisted of 250,000 members, each averaging between two and three hours per day in prayer.

Cho felt everything accomplished by his church began in prayer and finished with prayer.

“Dr. Cho, will America ever have a church like Yoido Full Gospel Church?” asked the interviewer.

“No,” replied David Yonggi Cho, “Americans aren’t willing to pay the price it costs to pray enough to make such a church happen.”

The accuracy of Cho’s words bugged me then and still does today.

But interestingly enough, Yoido Full Gospel began in 1973, the exact year Roe vs. Wade became law and also when Rev. Jerry Falwell noticed the moral decline in America.

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. (2 Corinthians 10:3)

Rev. Jerry Falwell was first of all a speaker, as in preacher and teacher. His radio and television programs afforded him speaking outlets. The megachurch membership at Thomas Road Baptist Church was built on his speaking abilities.

I’m not insinuating Falwell did not pray because I’m sure he did, but his main tool, as with most American pastors, was speaking.

And what is the main tool of politicians? Of course, it’s speaking.

Why do you think the conservatives and Republicans asked Falwell to co-found Moral Majority, along with Paul Weyrich? Falwell was the dynamic speaker who had a base of followers and Weyrich understood grassroots politics.

All of this makes logical sense to fight bad laws and policies with a dynamic Christian political speaker and super-activist political organizer, but spiritual battles are not won with logic.

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

I believe one of Rev. Falwell’s main mistakes was fighting a spiritual battle with fleshly weapons, much like politicians do. Sadly, this mistake continues today.

(Continued in Part 5…if you are interested, the full series, which was written in 2014, may be seen here.)

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