Have you ever tried your hand at self-diagnoses when you weren’t feeling well? I have attempted this many times. What usually happens when I feel a little odd is I ask Google this kind of question, “what does it mean if I…”, or “why am I…”. Usually what Google tells me is that I have anything from the common cold to leprosy. Naturally, getting a hefty dose of “worry” from my mother, I often think the worst, only to feel fine an hour later. Thank God for moms and Google.
Yesterday, Pastor Greg preached a sermon called, America; Do You Want To Get Well? In this sermon Greg took us to Judges 2:7-18. In this passage, we read that Joshua had died along with the generation of people he was a part of. Tragically, the following generation “did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things He did for Israel” (Judges 2:10 NLT). Instead, they worshipped other gods and found themselves in a cycle of sin and punishment.
Using the example of the rebellious Israelites, Greg pointed out that America has been in a similar cycle and illustrated some symptoms that help us diagnose our moral illness. He mentioned that like Israel, we as a nation have forgotten the Christian ethic and Biblical foundation that our country was founded on. He pointed out that we now consider many things “normal” that we once thought were an “abomination”. Lastly, Pastor Greg showed us how the Israelites rejected the true God and worshipped other man-made gods. Though we don’t have many pagan temples around us like the Israelites did, nonetheless there are plenty of false deities of our own making that we happily bow and sacrifice to on a daily basis.
So what can we do? Can we be brought back to spiritual life or have our symptoms progressed too far and the doctor is calling our time of death? Greg said that the only hope for America is the Church turning back to the only one who can raise the spiritually dead; the great physician, Jesus Christ.
Questions for reflection:
- Read 2 Chron. 7:14. What does God say he will do in this passage? What does He tell His people to do? What does it mean to humble yourself? How can a person seek God’s face?
- Are you experiencing any of the spiritual symptoms that Pastor Greg spoke about? What do you need to do to turn back to Jesus right now?