America, Come Out!

America, Come Out!

America, Come Out!

I don’t know why, exactly, but I have spent the better part of today reflecting on how, it could very well be, that the story of the “Raising of Lazarus” points to our particular time in American history. You can read the biblical story here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2011&version=NIV

These thoughts begin with my own “troubled spirit” that we all seem to blithely refer to this historic moment as the “post-Christian era.” As if to say, “That’s it. It’s all over. It was a fun ride while it lasted, but time to move on,” as the radical pagan oppressors have clearly taken control of our country.

So, why do I believe the story of the “Raising of Lazarus” points to our particular time in American history? Let’s look at the two …

First, they reach out to Jesus with, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” From the birth of our nation, we have all believed that Christ has had a special love for America. Our nation has been truly blessed from the moment we rooted ourselves in Christ.

In his inaugural address, George Washington prayed:

“Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

And so, our nation has thrived as a happy blessed nation while we maintained a humble imitation of the Divine Author. But, in these recent years, America has become sick … terminally ill, as we abandoned our imitation of Christ and more and more embraced the imitation of the destroyer; the devil, in this (I hate hearing this) “post-Christian era.”

Jesus did not give up on Lazarus, nor does He give up on America: “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Moreover, Jesus was willing to face full-on persecution to revive his friend: “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” The threat of persecution should never stand in the way of “revival.” Jesus models this much needed courage and compassion in the midst of evil opposition.

They wrote off Lazarus as dead. We seem to have written off America as spiritually dead, as we tout our meme, “post-Christian era.”

When Jesus reaches the tomb, we read the shortest sentence in all of the bible: “Jesus wept,” followed by the bystanders’ words: “See how he loved him!” Oh, how Jesus grieves over the spiritual death of our country that He loves so much!

They warn Jesus as he approaches the tomb that there will be a bad odor. How many have despaired that Jesus would never even want to approach our corrupt and evil nation? Jesus ignores the warnings of a stench.

Then comes the impossible dream. Jesus intently prays to His Father in heaven and calls to us: “AMERICA, COME OUT!”

You see? I WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON AMERICA!! I say, “NUTS to this defeatist lingo … “post-Christian era.”

It’s time for us to “GO GET JESUS” and pray for a “REVIVAL OF AMERICA!”

America, Come Out!

 

Please watch our recent Grace Force Podcast with none other than Jonathon Cahn. Jonathon has been calling for the same “REVIVAL OF AMERICA!”