June 30, 2017 - Family Research Council
This Sunday, July 2, 2017, is Call2Fall Sunday!
The Psalmist wrote "Come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture... Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart..." (Ps 95:6-8).
America is in a time of great distress. Our sins have found us out (Num 32:13-23).
There is a faithful remnant, but as a nation we have turned our backs on God. We've ignored the eternal moral laws of our Maker, Giver of life and Author of our liberties. Moreover, we've collectively engaged in grave acts of sinful defiance against Him. If we do not return to Him, we will surely perish (Lk 13:1-5).
God mercifully gave Solomon a roadmap for returning to Him: 2 Chronicles 7:14. This verse has become overly familiar to many but its power has not been diminished.
The Call2Fall "Declaration" reminds believers to respond seriously and wholeheartedly:
I will answer God's call to fall on my knees in humility and seek His face in repentance so that He might forgive my sins and heal our land."
Only our Lord Jesus Christ can save America (Acts 4:12). Our future depends upon God's mercy and His people responding to this wonderful but conditional promise to heal us.
This Sunday pastors in all 50 states will lead their people during worship services to take a time for personal reflection, repentance, and prayer for our nation. They will invite those physically able to spend at least five minutes on their knees in an act of humility. Many more thousands will pray on bended knee wherever they are, acknowledging our nation's dependence upon God before we rush to fire up the grill and break out the fireworks to celebrate Independence Day two days later.
Founding Father John Adams, writing to his wife Abigail about their momentous vote for independence, declared:
"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more." [Charles F. Adams, ed., Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife, 2 vols.,(Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1875), 1:128-29].
What might God do, if His people take His call to fall seriously each and every day?
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.