There is no Hope for America but God
I sent an email to John Andrews, founder of the Western Conservative Summit last week. I thanked him for putting together such a successful summit, which was notable in my view, for its strong witness for faith in Christ.
If I were to ascribe a theme to this years’ Summit that ran June 29th-July 1st, I would call it ‘There is no hope for America but God!’
Glenn Beck was the opening speaker who encouraged attendees toward individual acts of greatness through faith. Beck recounted stories of American individuals who fought and won impossible military battles and others who showed love toward others while in a Japanese internment camp in the 1940’s. Each ‘hero’ that Beck highlighted made a monumental impact upon our nation because of the evident light within each that ‘the darkness has not understood’ John1:5. The point of Glenn Beck’s speech was simple: our nation is in trouble, perhaps, probably irreversible trouble, but Americans of great faith can bring our nation back to greatness if they depend upon a God whose power and greatness knows no bounds. This reminded me of a verse in Mark: 11:23:
I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.
The other speakers who riveted me were Frank Gaffney and Geert Wilders. Both men focused their respective speeches on the grim subject of radical Islam, which was said to be increasingly pervasive not only in our world and our country, but also in the Obama administration. The only light moment from Gaffney’s speech was when he jokingly offered Prozac and/or Cyanide tablets at the back table to be enjoyed at the end of his presentation. Gaffney had a brief slide show presentation in which he gave a brief biography of various individuals who are steeped in the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, who now reside in leadership positions in the Obama administration and various US security agencies.
After listening to both Gaffney and Wilders I felt as though attendees of the Summit realized that their backs were up against a wall, with nowhere to go but to God.
In my email to Andrews last week, I wrote: ‘My recent observations have led me to believe that the chaos and pain of the world has a bright side, which is the turning of persons formerly disinterested in God, to begin their search for HIM. My guess is that attendees from the Summit who didn’t know God before the Summit will start looking for HIM now.’
Isn’t that the way all ‘Great Awakenings’ come to be?
|This month after celebrating Independence Day, let’s each offer a declaration to rededicate ourselves and our nation back to God. Let’s employ outrageous, out of the box faith that believes all things and trusts in a God who tells us through Peter to ‘cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you.’ 1Peter 5:7|