America, United States, Middle East discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
Hope you have a bible in if you do churn to matthew chapter five so hurt a story about a woman that was walking down a beach and she sees something embedded in the sense she been down to see what it is and it looked like a lamb so she reached down. Picked it up brushes and sure enough. It's a lamp and a genie appears and he says oh. Master i will grant you one. Wish she responded one wis three wishes he said oh we've had to cut back covert nineteen. That's affected everything you can have one. Wish she thought about it for a moment and she pulls out a map of the middle east he says gene. There's always been conflict in the middle east. And i would like them to have some kind of a peace agreement that could live by so jeannie. That's my one wish. I want peace in the middle east. He said are you crazy. There's no way at ever going to happen. You've got to come up with something else. So she says well you know what cheney. I've always wanted to find one. Good man one that is considering in kind and fun and loves to cook and help with the house cleaning one that will smother me with affection and attention and he won't just sit around on the couch watching sports all day long. Yeah that's what. I want genie. I want one good man to genie. Says let me see that map again. You know sometimes. Things seem impossible right but the bible says with god. All things are possible. But doesn't it seem like america as unraveling before our very eyes. I mean this is a nation that was built on the word of god. We call it judeo christian values and we really did build this nation on those principles. A there was a time in our nation when we had the ten commandments on the wall of every classroom. We've just talked about the ten commandments. Recently think about that they were everywhere and even today if you to washington. Dc the ten commandments. Are there in the us supreme court building. Imagine if we would follow those ten commandments. It's so important. It could change our nation but no we got those ten commandments of the classroom walls. And we've disregarded them and we're now seeing the effects of the bible says when you so the wind you reap the whirlwind but think of the foundation of this unique nation that we have the privilege of living in our first president. George washington made this statement and i quote to distinguished character patriot. It should be our highest glory at even more distinguished character of christian and quo. James madison the fourth. Us president made this statement quote curse. It'd be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of jesus christ. I like that but some say no. America was not built on a biblical foundation or judeo christian principles. What are you talking about. Do you think you could. Protest like people are protesting in america right now. In other countries like china or cuba they would be quickly stopped if not imprisoned and executed now the very liberty that we have to express our feelings and declare. Our rights was given to us because we built this on the foundation of a belief in god. So here's what it comes down to. This foundation has eroded it was john adams our second president who made this team and then i quote the united states constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It has wholly inadequate for the government of any other end quote. This why the idea of nation building is not work as we've tried to do it in other parts of the world see. Our nation was born out of the soil of revival. We have another george on our history. Now george washington but george whitfield. He was an evangelist from england and he came over to the colonies and preach the gospel and thousands and thousands of people believed and it was in the wake of this revival that our nation was formed. So we're a nation built out of revival. And i think if we're going to continue as a nation where a nation that needs to return to revival or a spiritual awakening or to simplify it. We need to return to god. We have a choice as a nation. Two choices really judgment or revival. Listen judgement is coming to every nation of the world including america but we're praying that judgment will be postponed by god a little bit longer and that we might see at least one more spiritual awakening. Peter marshall the former chaplain to the. Us senate wants made this statement. And i quote that choice before us. It's plain christ or chaos conviction. Our compromise disciplined or disintegration. So do we have any hope in america. Is there anything we can do. As followers of jesus to help our nation turn the right direction. I think the answer is a resounding. Yes and it's found in the words of jesus right here in matthew chapter five starting in verse thirteen. He says you are the salt of the earth but if the salt loses it's flavor how shall abc's and it's good for nothing but to be thrown down and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is on a hill cannot be hidden nor do you light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a limb stand and it gives light to all who are in the house. So let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your father which is in heaven. Salt and light. Why did jesus use these two word pictures because the world is a very dark place and the world is an evil place. And so jesus uses to very intentional illustrations to explain to us what we need to do as followers to start the biblical world view of this culture darken. It is getting darker. it's our nature as people. We always go in the wrong direction. We always default towards sinful things never toward godly things. General omar bradley wants made this incredible statement. We have grasped the mystery of the atom. But we have forgotten the sermon. On the mount the world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. End quote and that is so very true so as we look in america and we see there. We're going the wrong direction we say. Well that's it. there's nothing we can do. I think there are things that we can do. Here's what we should do. We should not try to escape. The culture altogether or engage in isolation. That's virtually impossible but to make the point god does not call us to isolate. He's called us to infiltrate. He's called us to permeate and the century our culture with the truth of the gospel. He's not called us to evade. He's called us to invade to go into all the world and proclaimed the good news of jesus christ now tricky balance because the bible says don't love the world neither the things that are in the world and also told them romans chapter twelve. Don't be conformed to this world. But yet at the same time jesus and john seventeen. I'm not going to take them out of the world. i'm going to keep them safe from the evil one. And then he says the father. I'm sending them into the world. Listen the only way to change the world to go into the world with the gospel so we don't want this culture to change us but yes we do want.