American Crossroad: Wring hands or ring Liberty bell

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Many people have written The Daily Jot expressing concern, anxiety, confusion, anger, hopelessness, some a sense of doom over the prospective presidential elections. As a former political consultant, I, too, am dismayed, even chagrined over the choices we have at the moment–a man whose theology is laced with class warfare and social justice in the form of socialism and a man who believes he is an actual son of God and that the Bible needed to be “restored” by the Book of Mormon to reveal this truth. It’s not much of a choice. In fact, this election is a reminder of how a fallen people are conquered by their own doing and yet even in this reality, they choose to blame YHVH for the condition of the nation.

There can be a great debate as to whether this nation is under the judgment of YHVH for turning from Him. But think about it. The laws of YHVH in nature are such that if you fail to, as Paul says in Romans 12:21, “overcome evil with good,” there are consequences to that failing. One increases the chances of bad things happening by not acting to make the right thing happen. There are those who would just pray, for example, and say that is what they do and they are amazed that the nation keeps getting worse. There are those who “command in the name of Jesus” all these things to right themselves and the nation just keeps going down the wrong track. Is YHVH not answering your prayers? Or is there more to it?

First and foremost, a man is not going to “command” YHVH to do anything. Neither is man going to “command” the spirit world to obey him. We are physical flesh and blood beings. There is a unique blend of our prayers and our actions that determine our condition. Prayer without action may not be effective. As James 1:22 says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Verse 25 says, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continue therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” There is an inextricable link between faith, prayer, hearing and doing. Any one of those things missing, the result will reflect it.

This nation has turned away from YHVH. So are the bad times we face because of YHVH’s judgment upon us or is it because we brought it on ourselves? Or is it both? Does one result in the other? Are we awaiting a miracle from YHVH to clean up the mess created by our own doing (or lack of doing)? We are going to have to act as well as pray to right this ship. James 2:26 says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” The Bible shows us that nations are judged as well as the people who live in them. America is at a crossroad. Are we going to sit and wring our hands, or are we going to rise up and ring the bell of perfect Liberty? We are going to have to reach for it first.

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By Bill Wilson

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