A TIME FOR MOURNING AND NATIONAL REPENTANCE-
By Pamela Rae Schuffert presenting investigative journalism from a Biblical, Christian perspective-
WHEN THE PEOPLE OF ANCIENT NINEVAH heard from the PROPHET JONAH that JUDGMENT WAS COMING IN 40 DAYS for their sins, the Bible records that both their leader and the people paid heed to this warning! As it is written:
The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.
And Scriptures declare to us that BECAUSE OF THEIR REPENTANCE before The Lord, NINEVAH WAS SPARED JUDGMENT FOR A SEASON. And YET, these were pagans who did not yet have the full concept of THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL!
But they FEARED THE WORD OF THE LORD, and REPENTED as best they knew how, and GOD CHOSE TO HAVE MERCY UPON THEM AT THIS TIME!
SHOULD NOT THE CHRISTIANS OF NORTH AMERICA DO THE SAME?
No, we do not have the Prophet Jonah once again calling people to repentance. BUT WE DO HAVE THE WORDS OF ETERNAL SCRIPTURES, WARNING US REPEATEDLY of the judgments that will follow A PEOPLE AND NATION WHO FORGET GOD.
Today, like most Americans, I will celebrate the FOURTH OF JULY this evening with my grill and tasty burgers, fries, baked beans, salad and a great dessert. I will then watch the local July 4th fireworks display with Sylvia.
BUT BEFORE ALL THIS, I will ALSO be in a STATE OF PRAYER AND MOURNING BEFORE THE LORD for the sins of my nation and my people, crying out for His mercy and grace and DEEP CONVICTION to fall upon the unrepentant, and for His cleansing and purifying throughout the churches of North America as well.
SIN IN AMERICA is not only found among the lost, but can be found in the midst of our churches today as well.
I have sinned. You have sinned. We have ALL sinned. “For ALL HAVE SINNED and come short of the glory of God,” declares God’s word. As the Bible declares,
“IF WE SAY WE HAVE NOT SINNED, WE LIE AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN US… BUT IF ANYONE DOES SIN, WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE WITH GOD THE FATHER, JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS….”
“…IF we CONFESS OUR SINS, He is faithful and just to FORGIVE US OUR SINS, and to CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS…”
Therefore, TODAY I AM TAKING THE TIME TO CONFESS MY SINS BEFORE THE FATHER, and the sins of my people and my nation as well. I will beseech Jesus Christ to FORGIVE MY SINS because of what His BLOOD did for me onTHE CROSS at GOLGOTHA.
And ask Him to bring conviction upon the hearts of over 300 million fellow Americans, and lead them TO HIMSELF for salvation TODAY.
If you want to find FAVOR WITH GOD, then simply follow Scriptural examples and admonitions.
God was NOT pleased with those Jews who mocked His warnings through His prophets Isaiah of JUDGMENT TO COME to both Judah and Israel. INSTEAD OF REPENTING in sackcloth and ashes, many mocked and said, “Let us eat, drink and be merry…FOR TOMORROW WE DIE!”
In other words, “…let’s have a good time now BEFORE destruction comes! Let’s live it up NOW!” But is this the kind of response God is looking for? Never. And great judgment came upon those guilty of this irreverent sin!
In closing, DO take the time to enjoy family and friends this 4th of July!
THANK GOD for His mercy and abundance He has shed upon this nation…
even though we clearly do not deserve it because of national sins.
“FOR THE SAKE OF THE ELECT,” or His righteous remnant of true Believers across America who honor Him and keep His commandments, His mercies have continued for a season upon America.
But WITHOUT NATIONAL REPENTANCE, judgment must inevitably come from a righteous God.
SO ALSO SET ASIDE TIME TO SPEND WITH GOD “in the house of mourning” repenting over America’s sins and beseeching God’s mercy and forgiveness for our nation. And that MANY will come to SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST as well.
“The heart of the wise is IN THE HOUSE OF MOURNING, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.”
May God’s blessings, mercies and peace rest upon all who take His warnings seriously, and spend special time to BE WITH HIM this 4th of July celebration day.
-Pamela Rae Schuffert-