If America’s going to return to the days of job creation and prosperity, we have to get back to our basics of our system of Economic Freedom.The Root of our problem is not financial but Spiritual.
We have proven that another Government Stimulus or spending program will not turn around our economy.
We can’t buy our way out of the past sins of Greed and Selfishness that led us into a broken economy.
The Sins of the Heart have only one Redeemer. Only one man died for the sins of the world.
We must all repent, if not for our mistakes, but to intercede for our fellow Americans.
Bottom Line: America is out of the will of God and needs to seek forgiveness. We call for a National Day of Repentance.
We must return to the source and founding principles that created the framework for the greatest economic system in the world, one based on the opportunity to succeed or fail through self-initiative, risk, character and morality. The living source that our founding fathers trusted to create our nation are the same Biblical principles that apply to individuals, families, organizations and even nations.
In the Bible, in Deuteronomy 8:18, God said to His people, “Remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your forefathers. If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you that you will surely be destroyed. Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.”
If the founding fathers were alive today, I believe they would say that the answer to our economy is found in a “Spiritual Bailout Package” based on Redemption.
Our hope lies in His hands.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says…“If my people, who are called by my name, will 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.”
"We will find Humility as a choice or through our consequences.”
It was Benjamin Franklin in 1787, reminding the delegates in the midst of their gridlock and major differences that it was God who intervened in their daily prayers and allowed them to win the war for independence.
He urged the delegates to turn to prayer to find the guidance to reach agreement in framing the constitution. He reminded the founders of the scripture “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”
Deuteronomy 8: 5 says “Know then... that as a man disciples his son, so the Lord your God disciples you.”
If we fail to seek forgiveness, we will have to suffer more deeply.
If you are a...
….Wall Street Executive, Banker, Lender or Bond Rater who violated the Public Trust and ignored your own standards to pursue greed.
OR If you are a…
... government leader or agency executive who led us into this crisis by setting the housing downturn into motion.
OR If you are…
...a borrower who went beyond your ability to pay.
OR If you are ...
... a citizen affected by the recession...
Then pray, repent and ask for forgiveness for yourself and our nation.
President George Washington prayed at his proclamation in 1789....”That we may unite in humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the Great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national transgressions.”
In President Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation calling for national day of prayer in the midst of the Civil War, he said, “It behooves us, to humble ourselves before the offended Power of God, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
Even John D. Rockefeller, once the wealthiest man on earth, discovered in a dream and vision from God that he was not to continue to pursue the false god of wealth but that his real mission in life was to give it away.
“True Joy is found in generosity, not greed.”
Money or wealth should not be our “false god” or the master of our security or self worth… because the “True Wealth, the Lord allows us to create, is not a measure of success but of responsibility.”
This nation will be great again when we get in alignment with our Creator’s principles and purpose.
Then God will ...
Restore the Trust Capital, rebuild the Relationship Capital, and Re-energize the Spiritual Capital. This will lead to innovation, job creation, increased economic exchange, and prosperity again.
Pray this prayer:
“Oh Lord, we are the people called by your name, in this great nation known as the United States of America. A Nation you called and guided our founders to shed blood to create for freedom’s sake. We humbly pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways of letting money be our master. We humbly pray that you will hear our prayers, forgive our sins and heal our land. Restore our Nation to your calling and purpose in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen ”
Excerpted and copyrighted from the book “the Freedom of Revolution...Rocking our World,” by John F. Beehner. Used with credit and permission.