On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed this:
Could you imagine a President of such moral fiber in the White House today? How refreshing would it be to have a Commander and Chief with values and backbone instead of one who seems to want as much party as possible with no regard whatsoever for the country he represents and supposedly protects?
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
Hmm… a day of fasting and humility. You know – that’s not such a bad idea, fellow believers. Have you seen the GOP race lately? Have you seen the horses in that race? I rest my case. We need God to help us now more than ever! This is not a political blog and never will be – but as a Christian who happens to live in America, I naturally have some interest in this election season.
When I saw 19 people running for President, I thought, “no way – this isn’t good!” We’re still not in a good way with a two-man race and one spoiler. I’ll let you determine which one is the spoiler – I have my own opinions on that.
If the race doesn’t narrow more, the convention could be dicey to say the least. We’re gonna mess around and lose the general altogether – let’s pray in unity that God will smack some wisdom into the GOP candidates, and fast! OK, maybe smack isn’t the right term. No, wait… it may be the perfect term.
But back to Abraham Lincoln and legislation. A day of prayer and fasting. The actual day is April 30th, but he signed it into law on March 30th. It was a time when the morals and values of Christianity were not that far away from the morals and values of Americans. What happened? Well, people were given the gift of free will, and chose to separate themselves from Christian values and beliefs. They began picking up their philosophies and lifestyles from other religions – or no religion at all.
Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, had something to say about little foxes and vineyards filled with tender grapes:
Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. Song of Solomon 2:15
The King James version says “Our grapes are tender”. It means that little things that seem almost harmless can be the things that trip us up along the way – like the little foxes that get in the vineyard and eat all the tender young grapes. The little things that seem so minor can lead to the worst mess.
It seemed so innocent when people started doing yoga, didn’t it? You do a few poses and clear your mind of everything – but if you clear your mind – of everything, even God – that makes room for the enemy to come in. It’s true. But what’s the harm in adopting just that one thing – can I do yoga and still be a Christian? Some say of course – it’s just a little thing. It’s just one little fox. And besides, isn’t it God’s will that we have a healthy body? I don’t argue that, but it’s not His will that you sit still with an empty mind. He wants your thoughts to be on Him. He’s a jealous God – He wants to have first place, or no place at all.
Colorado has legalized pot – but it’s not big deal. Can I be high as a kite and then get behind the wheel to drive? Sure, why not? If you hit someone and kill them, you’ll probably just walk away with minor injuries. You’ll be so out of it you won’t know what hit you. Chill out – it’s just a little thing. It’s just one little fox. And besides, there are people suffering who need pot for their pain. I don’t argue that, but not everyone is in pain. Those who are should not be allowed to be on the road driving so that other innocent people get hurt or killed.
Unplanned pregnancy? Bummer – just get rid of it. Easy come, easy go – no big deal. Life is cheap – you can always have another baby when you’re ready, right? Don’t let anybody take away your rights because you’ve got that power to choose – pro-choice – because that fetus… well it’s just a little thing. It’s just one little fox. And besides, it’s not really a human being yet, right? It’s not really a life yet. I do argue that – America condones the killing of innocent life and will not receive the blessing of God until that is changed. I don’t give a flying flip about the mother’s RIGHTS… if you’re irresponsible enough to have unprotected sex, then guess what? If you conceive a life – there are other options – and they are less selfish ones. Adoption is perfect because there are people who would love to raise that child. Be smarter about how you deal with unplanned pregnancy – sheesh!!! Put an end to the murder of innocents – it’s barbaric and so beneath us!
Don’t be such a stick in the mud – don’t be such a square – and really, those Bible verses you quote are giving me one ginormous migraine. And don’t judge me until you’re sure you’re perfect.
Yeah – well hold the phone… let’s just get that straight here and now. Nobody’s perfect. That’s why we all need a Savior. WHOSOEVER… it’s you and me and everyone. Jesus died for every one of us. Accept it or deny it… that’s on you.
God wants better for all of us – He can help us overcome the things we’ve tagged as little things – our little foxes – the things that can appear to be chinks in the armor. We all get chinks once in a while – and through Christ, God can and will forgive those if we ask with a sincere heart. There’s not one sin that God will not forgive!
But America… seriously – we need to have a day of fasting and humility. We need to hit our knees and pray like we’ve never prayed before for our beautiful America. We are at a crossroads and we need God’s help! I know we are a proud people – but we need to humble ourselves before the Almighty and turn from our sin and ask Him to heal our land. ❤