There is a quote of Thomas Jefferson that said “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” At the time Jefferson referred to the sin of slavery. Today we must ask ourselves if we should be trembling recalling God’s justice.
There are people who want us to keep our mouths shut and mind our own business. They think we shouldn’t take a stand against abortion or against same-sex marriages or on any moral issues. We’re supposed to look away while our country sinks lower and lower morally. Our politicians seem to have abandoned all sense of right or wrong in their willingness to allow people to make their own choices.
However, those choices have consequences. God did not ignore the sins of Israel forever. He sent prophets to call people back to them but Israel refused to listen. My sixth grade religion book said it simply. When the Israelites followed God, they were successful but when they turned away from God, their enemies gained the upper hand. God withdrew His protection until they returned to Him. Eventually, however both Israel and Judah were conquered and exiled.
We have to stand up for what is right. We can not ignore what is happening in our country, the court’s ruling that same-sex marriages are valid or the number of abortions. It isn’t just their business. It offends God. Therefore it affects us.
We have to take a stand even when we are in the minority. Whether we win or lose politically doesn’t matter. What matters is that we take a stand for righteousness. I keep thinking of the story of Abraham and God talking about Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham asked if He would destroy Sodom if there were fifty righteous people. God said He wouldn’t for the sake of the fifty. We have to be those righteous people.
We have to do more. People are being lost. Children are being killed. Others are being corrupted. We have to do everything we can to save children. We can’t abandon our morals when we vote. A brilliant leader going in the wrong direction will only lead us in the wrong direction. We have to do whatever we can to turn this country in the right direction. That means voting, signing petitions, showing up to meetings and speaking out.
It also means praying and praying hard. The fewer people who seem to be on our side the more we have to pray. We shouldn’t limit ourselves to a Hail Mary but do serious praying at least a daily rosary. Over and over Mary has asked people to say the rosary for the conversion of sinners. We need to do that.
Beverly LaHaye in her book entitled Prayer wrote that we need to be specific in our prayers. We shouldn’t pray God bless the president but more like help the president change his mind on________. Help the judges on the California Supreme Court ______.
Help the U.S. Supreme Court make the right ruling in _____________. Help Congress or the state legislature pass the ____________bill.
Pray for abortionists to have a change of heart. Pray for gays to open themselves up to God’s healing power. Pray for our society to change. Pray for the conversion of our nation. You may think it is impossible but Roe of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court Decision that gave woman the right to an abortion is now a pro-life speaker. All things are possible for God but we need to do our part.
Lord, I ask for the courage to stand up for what is right, the wisdom to know how to take a stand and the endurance to keep up the fight. Help me to seriously pray over these issues. Help other Christians to take a stand for righteousness and bring our country back where it belongs. Amen