By David R. Barnhart
Volume 31 Summer 2016 Issue 3
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2).
My heart is in anguish over what is happening to our nation. I know millions of my fellow citizens are equally heartbroken. Experiencing one terrorist attack after another without an adequate response from our government is unsettling. The sounds of hate on America’s streets about “killing cops” and “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon” are sickening. Even worse is the actual killing of police officers in cities and towns across America. The realization that our military is being drained, depleted and demoralized in the face of a growing global hostility, while the attention of our nation’s leaders is focused on filling the ranks of our armed services with homosexuals and transsexuals is beyond comprehension. The American people are divided. This contrived and growing division is causing a political upheaval in this country not seen in decades. In addition to all of this, there is an ever widening gap between this nation and our Creator.
Lately the question I’m asked most frequently is this—Is it too late to save America? The fact that the question is being raised at all ought to drive all of us to our knees in the most serious and earnest prayer session we have ever known. But more often than not, we don’t get around to that kind of praying until all other options have been exhausted. Like the critically ill man in the hospital who, when his pastor asked if he could pray for him, responded: “Don’t tell me it has come to that!” Well, friends, it’s come to that in America and a whole lot more! While it is my sincere belief that it is not too late to save America, it is obvious that time is running out.
The Bible is clear: there comes a time when the patience of God with men and nations runs out. We see the end of God’s patience in the account of Noah and the flood, and in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. We see it in God’s dealings with the Israelites, first when they were carried off to Babylon, and later when they were sent out into exile after the destruction of the Temple.
One of the saddest passages in Scripture relating to Israel is found in 2 Chronicles 36:15-16: “The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place; but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, until there was no remedy.”
Here in America, we are reliving the days of Noah, Lot and Elijah. Like Israel of old, corruption, sin and deceit are becoming the chosen way of life. The prophet Elijah was filled with such anguish over the low spiritual condition of his beloved nation, Israel. At one particularly low point in his life, he felt that he was the only faithful one left. Then, God reminded him that there were still 7,000 in Israel who had not bowed their knees to Baal. Without question, there are still enough Christian patriots in America to see the nation turned around, but will Christians commit themselves to the sacrifices that will be required to win the day? And will we act before it’s too late?
This issue of The Vine and Branches is devoted almost entirely to informing and encouraging those who are in the battle to save America. We present specific actions that we believe can be taken to help make a difference in leading the nation onto the right path. As long as God leaves one breath of life in us, all Christians should desire to be part of the effort to speak truth to America.
Our efforts may seem as challenging as those experienced by Elijah, but as Jesus reminds us, “With God all things are possible.” Saving America is still possible if we the people heed God’s Word, repent of the nation’s manifold sins, and return to the biblical principles upon which our nation was founded. We urge you to read this issue prayerfully, asking God to make clear what you can do to help America return to the old paths.