I was reading A W Tozer (1897-1963) last night and stopped abruptly when I read these words.
I am among those who believe that our Western civilization is on it way to perishing. It has many commendable qualities, most of which it has borrowed from the Christian ethic, but it lacks the element of moral wisdom that would give it permanence. Future historians will record that we of the twentieth century had intelligence enough to create a great civilization but not the moral wisdom to preserve it.
We are now in another century. And these words are as relevant today as when A W Tozer spoke them in the 1900’s. They are still pertinent, even more so, as the forces he spoke of has reached their culmination in a culture that seeks only self-fulfillment.Today, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, guaranteed by the Constitution, has elevated the pursuit of happiness above any other right.
In addition, our nation is rent by divisive groups and is in danger of plunging into total anarchy. And when our country has been rent to an unbearable state of lawlessness, who is there among us to mend the rents?
I see no one but God Who can heal and make us whole again. But how can He, when on every hand, His followers are mocked and the very idea of God is belittled. In the hour of trouble, anxious, insecure, people seek Him, but quickly forget when normality returns to the scene.
If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Chronicles 2:7-14
In these verses God is speaking to (Israel) but the verses relate to us today. We Christians are to focus on prayer for our nation. We then must work in the civic arena to restore the moral basis that once contributed to the greatness of our country. It is urgent that we do so.
Unless our nation turns away from its immoral culture, and prays for the wisdom to govern justly and righteously, we will not be a democracy within twenty five years.