“If My People”… Kevin H
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – II Chronicles 7:14
What an awesome promise…but you know what… this promise from God was not and never was given to or for America, nor any other modern nation for that matter, not even modern day Israel.
This promise was given to the people of Old Testament Israel, with whom God had made covenant. God has never made another covenant of any kind with America or any other modern nation.
However….. God still makes covenant with people today… He makes covenant by promising those who accept and place their faith in Jesus and what He did on our behalf, that they will forever be with Him and will forever be His people.
So let’s look at that oft proclaimed verse again….. if “my people” – today that would be those who believe in and follow after Jesus – “who are called by my name” – yup, called Christians, after the name of Christ – “humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Maybe it’s about time that we stop butchering the meaning and application of this verse and using it to call “America” to repentance.
Maybe, if there is still application for this verse, we realize that it is directed toward those of us who follow after Christ and not some secularized nation with whom God has never made covenant and includes many unbelievers with whom God has not made covenant.
Maybe we choose to focus our concern for sin within our own Christian camps and communities, rather than on that of “others” and “unbelievers” and “America” and “the world” as we are so apt to do.
Maybe we decide to get serious about facing the rampant abuse, immorality, political idolatry, and self-worship that exists within our own communities and manifestations of Christian faith that we so often choose to ignore, rationalize, or justify.
Maybe, just maybe, we start to take seriously the teachings in the Bible that call us to be far more concerned with the log in our own eye and with wrongdoings in our own churches and faith communities than we are with the speck of dust in others’ eyes or of wrongdoing outside the church.
Or maybe we choose to just keep using this verse as a political weapon to call out the wrongdoing of those in America (especially of those who are unbelievers, liberals, and/or “woke”), ignoring the fact that God is actually speaking to us, not “them”, and to his family of believers and not a collective nation.
Just maybe, if we would “humble ourselves, and pray and seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways,” we would then see the healing of our land that we claim to so desire.