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I received this email letter from Wade Butler, Founder of In His Name Ministries
I am asking for us to announce and join the “National Day of Repentance”.
The next day chosen for “National Day of Repentance” is Tuesday, April 30, 2013, which is the 224th anniversary of the Inauguration of President George Washington.
On that April 30th day in 1789, in New York City, President Washington took the first oath of office, adding "so help me God" to his oath to uphold the Constitution. In his short inaugural address he repeatedly thanked God for the miracles that founded this nation. Afterwards President Washington and members of Congress walked to nearby St. Paul's Chapel and held a prayer service honoring God for His abundant blessings on the new nation called the United States. They saw Christ as the giver of the Liberty upon which the new nation was founded. Having sought the Living God with humble hearts the Lord responded and clearly blessed this nation for generations.
Where do we begin?
The following is a good place to start and is definitely on target.
“Foremost in our heart is the conviction that this list should not be focused or directed to the nation as a whole, but rather, that it be directed at a personal level. These are sins for which we each need to repent. Lacking personal repentance, there IS no national repentance; the charade is fruitless and little more than a salve on our collective national conscience.
That being said, we believe that the emphasis must be to build an over-arching biblical perspective of what breaks the heart of God. Ignorance of his Word breaks His heart. Disregard of His Word breaks His heart. Walking contrary to His Word breaks His heart. This is the primary focus, so then let us break it down further.
If the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and soul, mind and strength, and the second is like the first: ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’”, then the first “sins” would be:
1) You shall not have any gods before me. Not loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and allowing other desires, lusts and priorities to crowd this from the forefront of our existence.
2) The taking of innocent blood through abortion. We as a nation have sacrificed more children than all of the primitive societies of the world combined.
3) Not loving our fellow man as ourselves (Regardless of their political affiliation, whether they are lovable or not; with the same belief system as ourselves or not) ~ After all, Jesus gave his life for that one, too!
4) Seeking our own ways rather than the ways of God; Walking in our own wisdom rather than in the wisdom of God.
5) Seeking the acts of God, rather than the ways of God; which is to demonstrate the heart and mind, attitude and attributes of Christ.
6) Lacking genuine spiritual discernment from the Word of God to know what is of God and what is not of God, thereby consequently calling “good,”“evil,” and “evil,” “good”.
7) Murdering others with our thoughts and with our words, rather than uplifting them, encouraging them and exalting the Lord always in our hearts, words and actions ~ We are encouraged in the Bible to judge (discern) the character and actions of others, but are prohibited from judging (condemning) them. Also, failing to follow Philippians 4:8… “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS.” ~ It is said that no man can tame the tongue. However, taming our thought life will absolutely affect that which comes out of our heart in the form of words and actions, as “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
8) Practicing the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah, which is pride, fullness of bread, abundance of idleness, not assisting the poor and needy, being haughty, and justifying our actions (Ez 16:49) ~ Homosexuality is but one by-product of the sin, but no worse than others for God considers sin as sin. We need to make sure we don’t focus on the by-products – they should serve to alert us to the fact that there is sin in the camp that must be addressed. Too often, the tendency is to justify our own sin by pointing our finger at the one who is trapped in one of the more obvious consequences of the root cause. It is the root cause which allows the devil to have an inroad in peoples’ lives. Other by-products of the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah would be focusing our time, energy and interest in our own pursuits, the world’s entertainment and other things which do not bring us or others closer to the Lord. Thus, 2 Chron 7:14,… if I repent and do MY part, then….
9) Failing to humble ourselves beneath the mighty hand of God that HE might exalt us in due time ~ If we do not submit to the Word of God, we do not submit ourselves to God. Do we strive to exalt ourselves and push our agenda rather than allowing God to flow through us with HIS agenda? We must humble ourselves with a contrite heart and a willingness to ask Him to do in us whatever is needful to help us make the changes in our own lives which will, in turn, allow for HIM to be glorified through our lives.
10) Failing to seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness (Mt. 6:33)
11) Failing to follow Deut 30:19… “I have set before you life and death,
blessing and cursing: therefore choose life , that both thou and thy seed might live” ~ Do we seek after blessings and things, rather than the Zoe life of God? Do we speak death and condemnation upon others, rather than speaking life?
12) The sin of slavery, regardless of color… black, yellow, red, brown or white, it really does not matter the United States traffics in the SEX slavery business as much or more as any nation in the world.
13) Removing the name of our LORD, “Yahweh” from our midst… We have legislated GOD out of our nation yet cry out to HIM when we have troubles and expect HIM to answer.
We are a blessed people to have the privilege to serve a God of unconditional love, grace and mercy. However, this does not, and should not be perceived as providing license to be slothful in our walk through life. The blessings of God are conditional – they come at a great price – fulfilling the conditions set forth in God’s word. If we, as a nation, truly desire to see the Lord glorified in our midst and the Republic re-established as the lawful government in the land, then it must be done by FULLY committing our ways - personally, deeply, and fully - to God in submission to His word. The kingdom of God will not come through the multitude of words or through the multitude of congressional acts, or even through our collective intent, labor and sacrifice. It will come in POWER only through personal submission to God’s word.”
There will be more topics to follow but not burdensome in number. Ask Father what you need to pray, but above all pray and ask HIM.
As I stated previously I understand that the nation as a whole will not follow, but enough will. In that we may be able to stand once again as a nation, of the people, for the people and by the people under GOD, in whom we truly trust.
In Christ for the soul of our Nation,
Founder, In His Name Ministries
President, Gilead Ministries