Here's one sobering
headline that caught my eye this morning:
"Global stocks tumble amid recession fears: Market panic spreads across
globe as investors fear double-dip recession." Here's another:
"Dow's losing streak now in ninth day; Dow's
losing streak unmatched since 1978."
U.S. and global
markets have been severely rattled in recent weeks by the inability or
unwillingness of politicians in Washington to make the truly serious and
dramatic reforms necessary to move our country back from the brink of
bankruptcy. Our national debt now equals 100% of our GDP. America hasn't
faced a debt crisis this serious since we were fighting for our lives
against the Nazis in World War II. Meanwhile, millions of Americans remain
out of work. Millions are losing their homes. Nearly 46 million Americans
are now on government food stamps. No wonder a stunning 73% of Americans say
our country is on the "wrong track."
America is in
trouble, morally, spiritually and financially. Yet no one seems to have any
answers. The politicians seem clueless. The media certainly doesn't have any
answers. Academia seems more out of touch than ever. Sadly, far too many
Church leaders are asleep, as well -- or too timid, or drifting off course
spiritually and theologically - just at the time they could and should be
powerfully proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ as the only real hope of
mankind. God hasn't failed us. We have failed God. Christ is ready to come
help us, care for us, get us back on the right track, if we would only turn
to Him en masse. The Church's job is to be a light to the nations, ours and
the world. But too much of the Church is sleeping. We need a wake up call.
America needs a
revival -- a dramatic spiritual renewal like the "Great Awakening" of the
early 1700s, and the "Second Great Awakening" of the mid-1800s. But such a
revival has to begin first and foremost with the Church waking up and asking
the Lord to purify us, heal us, and re-inspire us with the life-changing
truths of His Word. Only then can we truly love our neighbors with Christ's
love and be a blessing to our country in a time of severe crisis.
was the day of prayer & fasting for our country, called by Texas
Governor Rick Perry. It's based on the Book of Joel. And despite enormous
opposition from liberal groups and atheist organizations, I believe this is
exactly what we need right now.
now,' declares the Lord, 'return to Me with all your heart, and with
fasting, weeping, and mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments.'
Now return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow
to anger and abounding in loving-kindness and relenting of evil. Who knows
whether He will not turn and relent and leave a blessing behind Him?" (Joel