Sunday, August 29, 2010
"....if MY PEOPLE who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their evil, I will hear from heaven.."
Here's a quote from Glen Beck, who is supposedly a Mormon:
"Something beyond imagination is happening," he told participants who packed the National Mall in Washington. "America today begins to turn back to God. For too long, this country has wandered in darkness."
If he would have said turn back to the Holy Bible, then that would be good. But to say "God"; what god is he saying?
Here's an article I read in Modern Reformation Magazine, by Kim Riddlebarger, called: "If My People" that may help a bit of what 2nd Chronicles 7:14 is really talking about:
"The claim that "God is on our side" usually comes to fruition when politically active American evangelicals see themselves in a "culture war"--contending with secular-progressives for the soul of the nation....Christians invoke covenant promises made by God to Israel, thinking these promises apply to the United States.....
...America has no national covenant with God, as did Israel under the covenant God made with His chosen people at Mount Sinai. This fact presents a serious problem for those who assume that the promises God made to ancient Israel somehow apply to the United States. Covenant promises of blessing and curse that were given to Israel in a particular biblical context cannot be applied to contemporary political issues given the role such covenant blessings and curses playing in Israel's unique history.
...America is not a divinely ordained theocracy with either national promises or threatened curses as was true for Israel.
The reality is that the promise found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 has nothing whatsoever to do with a national revival or the current fortunes of the United States. It has everything to do with the dedication of Solomon's temple nearly 3,000 years ago." Kim Riddlebarger is pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California.
There are some gray areas when it comes to the truth of being an American-Christian; as well as with the heritage that this nation has. However, I think the pastor is spot-on here. And we need to takes his words to heart.