Isaiah 59:1-15
Verses 1-2, “Behold, the Lord‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
Each year on Memorial Day, as we honor over a million men and women who have given their lives for our country, let us never forget the price they paid to keep our nation free. Let every reader resolve never to forget them and to be willing to continue this great tradition of honoring our heroes. I believe it is every American’s responsibility to be patriotic; however, I also believe that patriotism in and of itself is not enough.
Psalm 9:17, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

I have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to have a moral community or nation without faith in God, because without it everything rapidly comes down to “me,” and “me” alone is meaningless. Today Americans have stopped acting in terms of their own moral, ethical and religious beliefs and principles. They’ve stopped acting on what they knew was right — and the “me” has become the measure of everything. However, moral societies are the only ones that work. If anyone thinks there is not a direct and invaluable relationship between personal integrity in a society and that society’s prosperity, that person has simply not studied history. And this should not surprise us. Great moral societies, built upon faith in God, honor, trust, and the law blossom because they are harmonious; because people love or at least respect their fellowman; because, finally, they have a common belief in something beyond themselves. It simplifies life immensely; you do not waste and spend your days fighting for turf, for privilege, for money and power over your fellowman. Georgia Anne Geyer, Bits & Pieces, September 17, 1992, pp. 23-24.

J. B. Priestley said, “We should behave toward our country as women behave toward the men they love. A loving wife will do anything for her husband except stop criticizing and trying to improve him. We should cast the same affectionate but sharp glance at our country.”
Thomas Jefferson said, “Patriotism is not a short and frenzied burst of emotion but the long and steady dedication of a lifetime.”
God said in, Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Please read Isaiah 59:1-8 again, and think about the fact that if our prayers are not answered, and the revival does not come, it is not because God is tired of hearing our prayer, but because we are tired of praying. In this chapter we see sin in its true colors, exceedingly sinful; its consequences, and the painful separation from God, not only from all good, but to all evil; yet millions feed on humanistic beliefs and practices to their own destruction. In verses 9-15, I believe God’s is teaching that if we close our eyes against the light of truth, then it would seem that God is justified in withholding His peace from our country. The sins of those who profess to be Christians are sometimes worse than the sins of the unsaved. National sin will always bring national judgment, especially when not restrained by the leaders of the nation. We can complain about the injustice, but nothing will ever change as long as people reject the King of Peace, Jesus Christ, and if Christians refuse to repent.

What then is the answer for America if patriotism is not enough? We must turn to what God said in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If 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.”

A certain lady asked Billy Sunday: “Why do you keep having revivals when it doesn’t last?” He asked her, “Why do you keep taking baths?”

Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

Psalm 144:15, “Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.”


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