"What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything value. Heaven knows how to put a price upon its goods, and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated." ~ Thomas Payne, 1776
Oh my! I have spent the better part of the day in prayer for our nation. The shutdown of our government by the current administration seems more like children fighting over toys, than adults voted into office to oversee the care of the people. It breaks my heart. I'm sure this isn't the America our founding fathers had in mind when they fought for our freedom.
But as Edwin Lutzer said, in The Rebirth of America (1986 Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation) "We cannot apply a political solution to what is essentially a spiritual problem." Although I have opinions on the entire situation, I am not here to share those. Rather, I want to remind all of us who call ourselves Christian to be diligent in our walk and in our prayers. We have not come to "such a time as this" without God's knowledge or permission. He's placed each us here for a this specific time, and for a specific reason. Our "job" is to respond in faith to the call He's given us.
I want to remind us of the privilege we've been given to live in America. We must not esteem our freedom to lightly. The video of Franklin Graham speaking of his father Billy Graham was the only video available on this website.. but it's still useful. Billy Graham has preached the same message of God's love and our need for repentance for decades. In November he will be giving what is probably his last message.He has always been zealous about doing the work of an evangalist. In a recent Newsmax article (http://www.newsmax.com/newswidget/Graham-evangelist-final-message/2013/1...) he is quoted as saying "While we are told not to speculate about dates, God keeps His promises and this is why we can be sure that the return of Christ is near. Scripture tells us that there will be signs pointing toward the return of the Lord. I believe all of these signs are evident today. What a time to take the news of the day in one hand and the Bible in the other and watch the unfolding of the great drama of the ages come together. I would not want to live in any other time. The Bible speaks powerfully of trouble ahead with storm warnings that carry a booming jolt of truth. Regardless of what society says, we cannot go on much longer in the sea of immorality without judgment coming. We are at a crossroads, and there are profound moral issues at stake. It is time to return to biblical truth. The warning is clear; prepare to meet thy God—followed by the voice of the gentle Shepherd—the Lord Jesus—saying, 'Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest' (Matthew 11:28 NKJV). A new world is coming. It is time for the people of the world to turn to God."
The clock is ticking. The foundation of our faith will be tested.
The question arises: are we standing on solid ground?
"My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and rigteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand." from the hymn Solid Rock