Monday, September 22, 2014

Another Excellent Column from The Daily Rant by Stephen Nash

     A relationship with God through prayer is the answer! When will we turn to God with our whole hearts?  When will we 'rend the heavens' till He answers?  As the Bible says, "Let us not become weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." 

The Heart of the Problem Is…

Gallup reports: “The biggest problem the United States faces is not unemployment or the economy — it’s the country’s government, according to a plurality of Americans cited in a recent Gallup poll. Among Republicans, Democrats and independents, dissatisfaction with the U.S.’s political leadership topped all other issues. The open-ended question they answered in the monthly poll of American attitudes was, ‘What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?’
Gallup says that 21 percent of all respondents’ answers fell into a category titled Dissatisfaction with government/Congress/politicians; Poor leadership/Corruption/Abuse of power. That topic was followed by the economy, with 18 percent overall. The poll found a tie at 16 percent, between unemployment and health care.”
I understand what the people of America are saying, but I would have to disagree with the majority. Pres. Reagan was correct when he said, “Government is the problem,” but, if pressed, I believe he would have to qualify that answer. No, the problem is deeper than the inability, corruption and abuse of power in federal or state governments.
Let me go so far as to say that radical Islam would not be a threat and could not advance if we would address the deep rooted heart of the problem. If any of my readers possess a biblical world view, you would have to agree that the heart of the problem is the heart. Isaiah was called by God to address this same question in the first chapter of his prophetic book. Isaiah 1:4-7 reads:
“Woe to the sinful nation,
a people whose guilt is great,
a brood of evildoers,
children given to corruption!
They have forsaken the LORD;
they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
and turned their backs on Him.
5 Why should you be beaten anymore?
Why do you persist in rebellion?
Your whole head is injured,
your whole heart afflicted.
6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head
there is no soundness—
only wounds and welts
and open sores.
7 Your country is desolate,
your cities burned with fire;
your fields are being stripped by foreigners
right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers (illegal aliens).”
We are running ragged attending one meeting after another to hear from people who are like-minded. We spend hours watching FOX News or reading the Drudge Report to keep up with the latest bad news out of Washington or some other hot spot in the world. We attend rallies, conferences or town meetings to voice our concerns about our declining country. These are not bad activities that take a good deal of our time, but how much time do we spend getting on our faces and crying out to a living God who is able to do a whole lot more than we can.
I believe Christians should be politically savvy. I believe we should voice our opinion in the public square, and I believe we should huddle with people who are like-minded, but it must not end there. If that’s all we spend our extra time on, we will become angry, disillusioned, negative complainers. The Lord goes on to say in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord…” He wants our attention!
I have a suggestion. For those of you (including myself) who have become news junkies; why not turn the headlines into a prayer list? Let us become the great intercessors of God on behalf of the hurting world; on behalf of the leaders of our nation; on behalf of the dangerous world we are reading about. Have we prayed for the families of the three innocent victims who have been beheaded in Syria? Have we prayed that God would give wisdom to our own president and the Prime Minister of Great Britain so that they would make the right decisions on how to deal with ISIS?
Evil will abound when good people do nothing, but what can we, as individuals, do with an evil like ISIS? We can pray!
The enemy of our soul is lurking in the background and he would love to divert us from praying for God’s intervention. The Jews were complaining for 400 years while they were unfairly treated in Egypt as slaves of Pharaoh. It wasn’t until they cried out to God that He called up Moses in the desert. When God’s people cry out to Him, it seems that our Lord comes to the rescue as a loving Father who so much wants to deliver us from evil. Without a doubt, the heart of the problem is the heart, and we must get that heart examined today!

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