Tuesday, March 24, 2009

We've Forgotten God

We've Forgotten God

Have you ever noticed (Deut. 1) that it took the children of Israel 40 years to complete an eleven day journey. After God miraculously delivered them from the Egyptians they promptly forgot him. What they could have learned in 11 days was now going to take 40 years because a relationship with God had to be reestablished.

I am just now arriving at a point in my life that has taken me decades to get to because I had forgotten God for a long period of time.

Alexander Solzhenitzen made the rest of the world aware of the crimes of communism when he wrote "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich." When Solzhenitzen made his way to America he was asked how a country with such a magnificant culture could have fallen into such wide spread barbarity. He replied, "Men have forgotten God: that's why all this happened."

Abraham Lincoln was wearied by the Civil War when he called for a day of humility, fasting and prayer in his Proclamation in 1863. “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God."

In this age of moral depravity and economic collapse it seems most evident that some of our discomfort is a result of having forgotten God.

Abraham Lincoln is the president most admired by Barak Obama. Wouldn't it be a wonderful thing if President Obama would declare a day of prayer in our time of distress. Its seems the wisest thing for him to do would be to encourage the nation to call on God for wisdom and direction. The real economic expert is not Geitner or Soros or Bernanke, it is Christ himself. So, why don't we call on him? It's because we've forgotten...

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