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What is the main problem with our political perspective?

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[Steve Myers] The debates have begun. The race for the presidency in 2016 is already in full force. The Republicans had their first debate last night, and it was entertaining, lots of interesting things said, some powerful statements made, as well. There was a lot of laughing and a lot of concern that was expressed, as well.

Have you ever wondered what God thinks about this whole process? Could you imagine if someone stood up at the debates and actually got right down to the heart of the issues, not only here in America, but really, around the world – could you imagine if they actually turned to a passage in the Bible? What if they turned to 2 Chronicles? Now, you might not think of 2 Chronicles as a political section of the Bible, but when you look at 2 Chronicles 7:14 2 Chronicles 7:14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
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– this is a section of Scripture that deals with what was going on right after the dedication of the temple. Solomon had prayed and asked God’s direction and guidance and presence on that temple and God answered Solomon, and He told him something very interesting. This is what He said in 2 Chronicles 7:14 2 Chronicles 7:14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
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– He said, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Now, could you imagine if a political candidate said, “Our basic problem is that we need to repent”? What would the fallout be from a statement like that? But you know, when you really get down to it, this is what God is saying is wrong with our country. This is what’s wrong with our world. It’s not an economic problem. It’s not the economy, stupid, as some would say. That’s not what it is. When it comes right down to it, we have a spiritual problem, and that’s what God is telling us all, that we’d better get into a right relationship with Him. If we want to solve our problems, we’d better turn, repent, look to Him and recognize this is a spiritual issue.

Now, keep an eye on the debates. I will imagine that this is not going to come up in any of the debates, whether Democratic or Republican. But if you get to the heart of the issue, that’s what we must do – humble ourselves, turn to God, seek Him, repent, and recognize the fact, we’ve got a spiritual problem on our hands.

That’s BT Daily. We’ll see you next time.

Comments

  • Greg Redlarczyk
    Steve. Everything you said is true, but I have a question. How was Israel supposed to be able to obey God without access to the Holy Spirit?
  • Lena VanAusdle
    Hey Greg, I think God expected Israel to obey (without access to the Holy Spirit), the way we expect our children to obey. Steve quoted 2 Chronicles 7:14 , “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” We don't need access to the Holy Spirit to repent; in fact we must repent before we have that access. If you Israel had just repented, He would have forgiven their sins, but they refused to repent. God wants us to obey, and He wants it so much that He has given us access to His Holy Spirit (at baptism and laying on of hands) so that we can, but we MUST repent of our sins to be given access.
  • DrA77a
    This reminds me of what those who struggle with alcohol will do: go for marriage counseling or financial help or quit smoking or lose weight. Looking for a quick fix...well, okay, none of those are quick. But they keep looking for something other than the core of their problem. Until the Lord comes and fixes all this we have Him to keep our focus on. I am so grateful for that and look to the clouds daily for His return. Thanks Steve for this great reminder that God is the core.
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