Transformational Change Needed
Over this past generation our country has gone through wholesale changes in what we stand for and believe in. There are things happening today that weren’t even contemplated back then.
In 1965, after reading Billy Graham’s manuscript entitled, “World Aflame,” Ruth Graham Bell said, “Billy, if God doesn’t soon bring judgment upon America, He’ll have to go back and apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!”
The specific chapter she was reading vividly described the sinful conditions in America. But forward 50 years and what we see is an increase in wickedness of biblical proportions.
Yet, when I look back and see that God was willing to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if He could find at least 10 righteous people, even as wicked and sinful as it was, that gives me hope.
And that’s because of the Christian presence in the gates of our country that judgment has been withheld. But for how long? The Bible says God is longsuffering, but it never says He is forever suffering!
We are in need of a transformation. A change is necessary, but what sort of change?
We look to our politicians, or to a particular political party, to bring the change we’re looking for to keep our country from God’s judgment. And while this may be beneficial, there is no system of government that will save our nation.
What is needed is a transformation, which is apropos because transformation, by its very definition, is something that begins on the inside and works its way out.
The only thing that will save this nation and its inhabitants are people’s hearts changing, becoming aligned with God, His word, His will, and His ways. It’s a heart change of the people, not a political realignment.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)