The following article was written by Pastor Robert McCurry in the Wake-Up Herald and, with his permission, we reprint it in full here.
Pray for America? Why? How?
In addition to the proliferations of “Pray for America” signs across the landscape, there are now appeals for individual and corporate prayer rallies to pray for America prior to the November election citing 2 Chronicles 7 v. 14.
I have no desire or intention to minimise the need and importance of prayer. But the appeal to “Pray for America” is ambiguous. Why and how should we pray for America? What do we want God to do for America? Bless America? Save America? If so, it is important to first ask, why should God bless or save America?
Note: Prayer is not the only thing required in 2 Chronicles 7 v. 14 if “the land is to be healed”. God also says, ” If my people…turn from their wicked ways.” It is also noteworthy that God never commands everyone to pray, but He does command everyone to repent – including His people.
We should pray. And we have this promise, “Behold the LORD’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear;” but He likewise warns, “Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Isaiah ch.59 v. 1 & 2.
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” Psalm 66 v.18.
” He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” Proverbs ch.28 v.9.
Clearly sin must be dealt with before God will heal or bless or save America. But where do we start? Surely abortion – the murder of sixty million+ babies since Jan 20th, 1973 – is the priority point of beginning. Their blood cries out from the ground; their marketed body parts cry out against us from the laboratories; their incinerated bodies mock us from the flames.
The sin of silence
silence n.= refusal or failure to speak, communicate, etc.; Not voiced or expressed; unspoken; Refusal or failure to speak out; Silence gives consent; Saying nothing or not saying no to something means that you agree.
The moral meltdown that has overtaken America has been met with a deafening silence from the pulpits of America and the people-pleasing preachers who presume to stand in them.This desolation of decency could not have occurred if the pulpits of this land were once again aflame with righteousness. To use Alexis De Toqueville’s famous words, ” By our apathy, and by our acquiesence, and by our ignorance, the church of Jesus Christ has consigned itself to irrelevance and impotence in the ongoing strugle for the soul of America.”
Our political leaders deal with trivialities and superficial nonsense, practicing the feel-good politics of deliberate ambiguity,while the destruction of our families, the perversion of our most basic moral principles, and the murder of innocent unborn children goes on, and on and on.
In this great nation, where now for thirty-nine long years the innocent unborn have been slaughtered, we have grown accustomed to the killing and have gone on with our business, with our lives, and our ministries while the little ones have perished every day, 4,500 a day. This is what we have come to in America.The Supreme Court of our land sanctions the horror of partial birth abortion, this most barbaric and grotesque killing of a child in the midst of its birth and infanticide following its birth.
And yet even in the face of these abominations, the churches of America, are silent. Where is the cry of outrage!? Where is the indignation of the people of God? We too have known the evil from its start. Dumpsters full of ravaged infant bodies stand in mute testimony to our failure and to our guilt.
The Sin of Silence, adapted excerpts from a message delivered September 6, 2000, by Pastor Lawrence White.
“Christianity of old quenched the flames of oppression, lit the fires of freedom, and led two continents out of the darkness of paganism. Today’s Christianity is known for bingo games, softball leagues, and milquetoast preachers. Christianity of old toppled the Roman Empire. Today’s Christianity cannot even rid the nation of legal abortion.”
Chuck Baldwin “Christians no different from the world.”
Americans are okay with the murders of 4,500+ children a day by legalised abortion so long as the walls are thick enough to muffle the screams and high enough to hide the carnage.
The wickedness of the sin of legalised abortion is a national plague, scourge, and abomination. The problem will not be solved until there is an acknowledgement, confession, and repentance of this vile, abhorrent, abominable sin.
Every US President that has supported legalised abortion; every state legislator and every congressman and senator that ever voted for legalised abortion; every state, federal, and Supreme Court judge that has ruled favourably for legalised abortion; every bureaucrat that has administered the legalised abortion program; every pastor that is passive and silent and fails to preach ” thus saith the Lord” regarding the sin of legalised abortion; every Christian that has been passive and silent and failed to be involved in saving children from legalised abortion; and every Christian that has paid for legalised abortion via taxes must repent.
Every abortion clinic and hospital that performs abortions can display a sign that says, ” In business with the approval of America’s pastors, churches and Christians.”
Prayer for America without repentance is meaningless.
End of Article.
PS Pastors and Evangelical Christians in Northern Ireland, here is a question for you. How many babies have been aborted at Marie Stopes Belfast since it opened? Do you know and do you care or is it “business as usual” in the Churches, and that usually means barbeques, running clubs and similar social activities?