This column was first published on August 9th, 2011 and appeared in the A Young Man Speaks blog.
“Hear the word of the Lord, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the law of our God, You people of Gomorrah: “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?” Says the Lord. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats… When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.” Isaiah 1: 10-11, 15 (NKJV)
The words of Isaiah’s grim prophecy ring just as true in these United States today as they did in the days of ancient Israel. Ours is a land filled with corruption, moral decay, injustice, oppression and arrogance. Just like the Israelites of old, a large number of Americans (especially those who profess to be Christians) routinely violate the commandments of the living God and trample underfoot the divine principles of liberty and freedom enshrined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. We worship a multitude of idols as our spiritual forbears did: idols of wealth, celebrity, pleasure and most prominently government.
Despite the rising tide of blatant apostasy and moral bankruptcy that is sweeping the last vestiges of our constitutional republic out to sea, many Christian Americans will proudly place “God Bless the USA” and “God Bless Our Troops” bumper sticks on the back of their cars. They will recount with pride our nation’s rich Christian history while bemoaning the current state of devilish affairs transpiring throughout the nation, which they have helped to usher in through their abandonment of the precepts of the Highest Power for the edicts of the “higher powers.” Pulpits and churches across the fruited plain are filled with Pharisees; self-righteous busybodies who are, as our Lord so aptly described, “like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” (Matthew 23:27)
It is these same reprobates who will offer flowery, long winded prayers for God’s blessing upon the nation. Again, the Lord Jesus strongly rebuked such hypocrisy: “He answered and said to them (the Pharisees), “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Mark 7:6-7)
This sort of spiritual showboating was on full display this past weekend in Houston, Texas. On August 6th, Texas Governor and soon to be GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry led over 30,000 Christians in a day of prayer for America. In his own ten minute prayer, the White House hopeful intoned: “Father, our heart breaks for America. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government and as a nation, we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, blesses us … we cry out for your forgiveness.”
While most of the criticism heaped on Perry’s decision to host the event was from a legal perspective (constitutionally there was nothing wrong with the event, Perry did not use law to force Americans or Texans to pray) there is much to be said of the spiritual nature of the Governor’s day of prayer.
The fact that Christian conservatives will outwardly ask the Lord God for a restoration of America’s greatness while embracing in their hearts the destructive principles of neo-conservatism and imperialism is disturbing to say the least. Why would God forgive a nation that unashamedly lusts after empire and global hegemony? Why would the Prince of Peace show mercy to a country that has troops garrisoned in over 120 countries, violently interferes in the affairs of sovereign nations, and repudiates the centuries old Christian theory of Just War?
Why would the Author of Liberty forgive a nation that ensnares its citizens in the chains of financial bondage with close to $15 trillion dollars in debt, a tyrannical system of taxation, and a private cartel of criminal banksters whose system of unjust weights and measures depreciate its citizens’ standard of living? Why would God grant absolution to a nation that unrepentantly violates the biblical and constitutional rights of due process and privacy through heinous police state legislation such as the PATRIOT Act and Nazi like bureaucracies such as the Department of Homeland Security?
The truth is that as long as the American people (Christians especially) and their elected representatives continue to implement laws and engage in policies that defy God’s divine law, natural law, and constitutional law we as a nation will not receive forgiveness, not matter how loudly we pray. As long as our hands continue to be “full of blood”, it is inevitable that the United States will come under God’s righteous judgment.
It is only through a genuine, heartfelt repentance and faith in God’s bountiful love and mercy that we as a nation can be restored morally. We must accept and embrace the principles of truth: the truth that endless, preemptive war does not promote peace; the truth that “welfare” programs are in reality a form of theft and cannot replace a charitable act of love; the truth that government cannot force us to be good, upstanding people; the truth that Christ Jesus alone is the ruler of our hearts and conscience. If we humble ourselves and recognize our sins, the truth shall make us free.
My dear friends please join with me in making a prayer to our Heavenly Father that he may rekindle his Holy Spirit within our hearts. With His guiding influence, let us as a nation heed His words:
““Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 1: 16-20)
God, Family, and Country Editor at The Moral Liberal, Conor MacCormack, is the proprietor of Providential Publications, which provides a wide range of writing, editing and proofreading services. His blog, A Young Man Speaks, addresses the current political and spiritual turmoil gripping our nation and how a return to America’s biblically based founding principles will lead to lasting liberty and prosperity. He has served as a congressional intern for Republican presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul, M.D. in Washington, D.C. You can also visit his website: www.ayoungmanspeaks.weebly.com