You’d be in denial to think America isn’t in a state of turmoil right now. From gun violence to the family separation policy of the Trump administration to the supreme court debacle, one can’t help but wonder where we are headed in this country. Because of these issues and more, America is becoming more and more divided. I can’t turn on the news without hearing something terrible happening around the country. With the latest supreme court controversy, till this day, I’m yet to hear any genuine Christian render a Christ-centered perspective on how to solve the issue at hand.
America is lost. We are on the verge of being a laughing stock to other countries. I’m afraid that without prayer, we will never be great again. At the point, only Christ can save us from what we are experiencing. I love America. It’s true; I genuinely love this great nation. I thank God that he placed me in the country with all the blessings and gifts that come with it.
Then if my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT)
But America is broken. Yes, what is happening at the border is horrific and tragic. But what’s even worse is that this is happening every day to children in the child welfare system within the country. This is happening every day to loving and caring parents in the process of domestic adoption. Even those families who make it through an adoption spend months or years struggling without assistance and counseling. Kids who are openly crying for help aren’t getting it.
“Break my heart for what breaks yours.” This line is more than just a lyric. What can we, as citizens, as humans do? How can we care for widows and children? Perhaps we need to stop shoving our problems to the “state” and start solving them ourselves. Laws and government are part of the solution, but we are a much bigger part. Legislation can not and will not fix a broken humanity.
The immigration system is broken. I’m not writing to debate immigration policy or any other policy for that matter. I’m just writing to tell you the damage is far greater than just along our borders. Usually, I would have loved to end this blog post with a call to action; to call your representatives, senators, and governors. Heck, even to call the White House and to talk to the president. But I know that isn’t the answer. What we really need to do is to call on God.
Have you thought about what could happen if we all began to pray the way Jesus Christ did? Let’s picture Jesus, on His knees, tears streaming down His face, while He spoke to His Father. Speaking to the only One who He knew could change things, move things, and address things. Speaking, with reverence, to the One who had power over it all. Let us come to God, in reverence, every time, speaking to Him from the depths of out sinful cries, letting Him know how we feel about the current state of our country.
If we can do this, I firmly believe things would change for the better, especially if we all come together to pray for the country. Jesus was never afraid to let heartfelt cries escape in His prayer times, or let streams of tears pour down His cheeks. Jesus knew how to pray and, He gave us a blueprint before time began. I believe Christ wants us to see, that the more power we offer God in our prayers, the more power we will see in our lives, and that, was what prayer was truly made for.
“When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a bigger fence.” Let this be a personal policy. Not a political one. Start with your neighbor. With your community. When we lay down our own defenses and connect with one another, we learn we aren’t all that different after all.
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25:40 (NLT)
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