Urgent National Need
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people."1
When Arnold Toynbee, the renowned British historian, was 83, he made the following observations about Western society:
1. "There's a decline in honesty, and absence of common purpose in the Western world."
2. "Material success and gross national product are aims of Western peoples and governments."
3. "Nations rise or fall in relation to the moral unity of the family and the moral purpose of the stateóboth in decline in the West."
Even though Toynbee was pessimistic about the West he believed if leaders of government would appeal to the ideals of the people and not just to their pocketbooks, there could be hope for an ethical revolution.
True, we need an ethical revolution but even more we need a spiritual revolution. But unless we turn to God and acknowledge his rightful place in our hearts and as the One who made our nation possible, and rebuild our nation's moral foundation based on his directives as found in his Word, the Bible, neither an ethical nor a spiritual revolution is likely to happen.
This needs to begin with each one of us and together we need to pray that God will turn our nation back to him.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please send a spiritual revolution to my country and let your work begin in me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Proverbs 14:34 (NIV).