Americas Better Future

Happy Thursday!

Very saddened with last nights State of the Union address… will continue to pray (and even more) for our President and government, that somehow-someday real change will come to our nation. Until that day, I will keep appealing to the high court of heaven… that God would hear our many cries for help in this nation… and that he would raise up deliverers to rescue our people from the oppressions we now face. God certainly has a solution for every crisis… he has a strategy… if we can just hear from him and follow him, as we once did… everything can change, we can live to see a better tomorrow!

I cannot describe to you how burdened I am this morning… about the current “state” of this union. Last night, I actually felt REAL PAIN in my body and spirit over what I was and wasn’t hearing. I kept thinking, we are spending billions and billions of dollars to fund this government… and there is not one glimmer of hope coming from there right now. Dear God, all the corruption and all the empty promises… when will it end?

But I have to check such feelings and chose rather, to thank God for the men and women who serve this government. Their job is not easy, their task is almost impossible. Our nation’s leaders really need Gods help, more than most of them are willing to admit. I long for the day this entire nation realizes how much of a mess we have gotten ourselves into… and we return to God with all our hearts.

I believe this nation is living in the era Moses warned about in one of his prophetic messages to Israel. This message applies to any country God CLEARLY blesses… such as America. Please actually take the time to read the following verses:

Deuteronomy 8:10-19

10 When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. (this is a GOOD land: America the Beautiful)

11 “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today. (Have we forgotten?)

12 For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, 13 and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! (Woops)

14 Do not become proud (too late) at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. 15 Do not forget (too late) that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock! 16 He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good. (He’s given us so much)

17 He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ (are we saying this?) 18 Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.

19 “But I assure you of this: If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods, worshiping and bowing down to them, you will certainly be destroyed. (certain destruction?)

Now, I’m not trying to write a gloom and doom blog today. Rather, I’m aimed at riling up your faith, energize your prayers, and initiating a lifetime of greater Christian boldness.

Certain destruction means that, no matter how much we work at avoiding the inevitable… we will not be able to RECOVER… UNTIL we REMEMBER WHERE WE CAME FROM.

We will not be able to RECOVER until our leaders and citizens humbly acknowledge our decades of arrogance… until we apologize for saying what Moses warned us to NEVER say… that, “We have achieved this wealth with our own strength and energy.”

I’m optimistic about our nations future, when I consider the cycles of great awakenings in our nations history. EVERY TIME it seemed like we were on the brink of annihilation… we turned to God, who saved the day!

Our threshold for pain is much higher than it has ever been before… who knows how much more suffering we will endure before we finally humble our own hearts… and we finally tell the atheists to please stop speaking for the rest of us… and we finally stop fearing the VERY FEW anti-God folks in our land… and we finally stand as a majority voice to welcome God back into this country… ALL THE WAY BACK INTO THIS COUNTRY… and into every part of it.

Down with political correctness! Let’s surge at Washington with our prayers! Let’s live like Jesus teaches us to live… in such a way that GOD has influence in America again.

Random blog again today, I know! It’s a little sloppy and difficult to read… it’s a bit extreme and maybe out of balance in a few places. Hopefully, it’ll get you thinking and praying about America’s better future. Have a most triumphant day everyone… I love you all!!

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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13 thoughts on “Americas Better Future

  1. Great blog:) I didn't watch it last night, I was sick and went to bed early.

    Our threshhold for pain is much higher, I totally agree. Our military continues to disperse blood, sweat, and tears and unfortunately it is people like us that care more than the gov. The men on the front lines (grunts) face so much adversity and when they come home from war it doesn't stop. Some are really messed up in the head and are put on waiting lists to get help. It breaks my heart that after 20 years some have no trade skill and need a job in the civilian world upon retirement. Mentally truamatized and broken they wait for the gov. to throw them a bone. Our Veterens need and deserve better. I pray that this administration can be what the military needs them to be.

    It's a 'gimmie gimmie for free' attitude, so many have these days and a major adjustment is needed. These hard economic times are really teaching people not to take so much for granted and that you can do more with what little you have if you give it to God first.

    Mel:)

  2. WHAT A PICTURE PERFECT FOR THIS BLOG…SHE " THE STATUE OF LIBERTY" HOLD THE ANSWERS TO ALL OUT PRAYERS..LOOK WHERE HER ARM AND TORCH POINT…SHE POINTS TO THE ONLY ANSWER THERE IS …THE HEAVENS,YES SHE RAISES HER PRAISE TO THE HEAVENS..KEEP FOCUS ON OUR LADY LIBERTY FOR ALL THESE YEARS SHE HAS THE ANSWER TO WORLD PEACE AND JUSTICE AND THAT IS OUR LORD AND FATHER..WE ALL NEED TO UP OUR PRAYER FOR OUR GOVERNMENT AND NOT JUST LEAVE IT UP TO PASTORS AND PRAYER

  3. Mel… I feel your pain for Eric and for the rest of our military. I've written about this in my coming book… the need for this generation to become a LEGACY driven generation… we have become a nation of cowards, willing to defer our challenges to a future generation.

    Pam… NICE thought about the statue of liberty!!! Wow, great picture you've created in my mind!

  4. I totally agree, I find it disappointing that it would be difficult for our government to change because there are so many people that are money hungry that they dont care about the wellness of this country. We just need to keep on praying for them and let God open their eyes. And speaking of atheists, I have some pretty hard core atheists at my high school, I'm still in the process on trying to speak to them about the lord, but its hard when they proceed to deny him. http://twitter.com/greensmith93

  5. Rosa… I am so happy you're here! Welcome to my highly influential blog tribe! We're bent on building tomorrows better world… so stick around and we do it together! By the way… I am praying for your atheist friend this afternoon… God will give you the words!

  6. I read the transcript of the State of the Union address. I want to know what is it that pained you? I respect your thoughts. However, based upon what I read, the president was boldly defending policy that addresses the needs of the common man in America, confronting special interests and others (banks) who seem more concerned about lining their own pockets than helping the economy, and declaring truths about the condition of the country that was handed over to him (can't the information about the deficit and other problems left by George Bush be confirmed?), and presenting information about the strides that have been made and the work yet to be done.

    I also see him utilizing strategies of past presidents from both parties and seeking an end to all the false, petty, stupid, Rush Limbaugh-like behavior to make way for a more united front in Congress. Who can confirm whether or not he is making empty promises until the processes that have been put into place run their course? We're supposed to trust the MEDIA to tell us what is really going on in the chambers of Congress and the White House?

    I fear that some of white America is struggling still with the concept of an African American president, and their perspective is biased and skewed as a result. Just as many African-Americans have suffered from the result of a SPIRIT of inferiority, I believe that many White Americans suffer from the result of SPIRIT of superiority.

    I feel sorry for the Rush Limbaugh's of this country. He accuses President Obama of being angry and irresponsible (during SOTU), but I believe his constant, negative, petty comments – his unwillingness to just give the man a brake for a little while – reveals that HE is the one who is truly angry(that American would DARE vote in a president with brown skin and that he (the president) would DARE be unintimidated by those who have ALWAYS been in control) and irresponsible (in his constant disrecpectful commentary of the leader of this country). What a LOW blow to say that the president needs fathering, emphasizing the tragedy of his birth father, even though he was raised by a wonderful (white) mother and grandmother and a wonderful Indonesian(?) stepfather. Whose "consciousness", for lack of a better word, or "spirit" do you think he embraces – theirs or his birth father's? I doubt that it is his birth father's. Yet many racist white Americans insist on seeing him just as a black man because his outside is brown, and THEY DON"T LIKE IT!

    I have sensed the vexed spirit of whites in the church – people I love (those not saturated with the power of the Holy Spirit) toward our brown skinned president, and I pray for a true spirit of racial reconciliation (color- blindedness) of those in the kingdom of God. It will NEVER happen in the world!! I pray that we (believers) will ALL TRULY develop a positive expectation of his administration, which after all, is what is best for EVERYBODY in this country, including the "haters".

    Thank you for obeying the word and praying. However, our prayers cannot hit the target if we don't get rid of some of those deep-rooted, generationsl, divisive mindsets that hinder the full flow of the spirit among brethren of all racial and ethnic origins. Finally, have you ever read any of the prophecies of Kim Clement? They are very uplifting relative to this president's impact upon our country.

    With Love

    • Hello Nora… thanks for commenting. I can't speak for the rest of this nation… but I can say without hesitation, that there is not ONE DROP of prejudice in my heart. It's very sad to me that any person who disagrees with the direction President Obama is trying to force our country, is labeled as a racist.

      Second, I fully support President Obama with HEARTFELT prayer every single day. I want him to be a good president… I want him to leave office, remembered as a blessing to this country. I'm not rooting against HIM… but I am rooting against MANY of his political views… too many to mention in this blog.

      My question to you is this: Are you rooting for President Obama ONLY because he is a black President? If that were the case, then you would be guilty of the very thing you have accused others of doing. Please don't take offense, I'm just asking.

      As a Christian, are you clapping for President Obama when he FULLY supports gay rights and abortion… and when he is weak to handle the global crisis on terror? Will you still be clapping for him when America is mourning (just like 911) again and again and again… because, as a FAR LEFT President, he is more than willing to forward the VERY REAL terror crisis of TODAY as far into the future as he and his anti-war friends are able?

      As a Christian, are you clapping for President Obama while he talks of UNITY and then 30 minutes later, he slams the republican party for not DOING WHAT HE COMMANDS? Are you clapping for him while leads this country into the very brink of SOCIALISM?

      I realize this reply may come off as sharp retaliation… and if it does, then please accept my deepest apologies. I'm just sharing my heart with you… just as you have shared yours with me.

      If we're going to CLAP, then lets clap about good policy… not because we're trying to PRESERVE the legacy of our historical first black president. And if like you have suggested, we are going to BOO, then lets NEVER boo because we're trying to PROHIBIT the legacy of our historical first black president. Race should NEVER be the issue…

      Yes, I have read the Kim Clement prophecy… thus the reason I continue to PRAY LIKE crazy for God to INTERCEPT President Obama just as he INTERCEPTED Saul of Tarsus. This president still has time to make a lasting MARK in the future of America. So far, I have not seen it.

      Once again… thank you very much for the comments… I hope you can appreciate my honesty. God bless you Nora…

  7. Oh! I forgot! I voted for George Bush in both elections, and asked God then and durng the last one who he wanted me to vote for. In fact, I've done the same over the last 20 years. The only time I lost is when I refused to vote for Clinton his second term after he was unfaithful to his wife.

  8. When I wrote this response, I believed that you didn't have a drop of prejudice in you. Otherwise, I wouldn't have said that I respect your thoughts. Also, I love a leader's ability to speak boldly whenever necessary… and no … I'm not offended.

    I have concerns about my president. I didn't decide to vote for him until the day of the election, and that is after I viewed video and read transcripts of him addressing the abortion and the gay rights issues. The material I reviewed at that time showed ME that his position on abortion and gay rights were more about freedom of choice and non-discrimination than they were about supporting a particular choice or lifestyle. What I heard and read was this:

    1) He does not believe that morals can be legislated. I also remember reading a statement he made about gun control. He said that the gun is not the reason a young man goes into a neighborhood and commits a driveby. It is what is in that young man's heart. I feel like his approach to abortion rights was similar. He's placing the responsibility on people to make moral choices with the help of their families and their spiritual leaders – not on government. I also read about the bill/law that Clinton signed into effect, that Bush signed out, and that Obama signed back in. It was a big deal in the media for awhile, and it supposedly funded abortions in Mexico. Do you remember? I forgot the name of it. However, none of us know the true context of that law or bill. But, at that time, I looked at the abortion statistics during Clinton's and during Bush's administrations, and they were actually lower during Clinton's. What I saw is that politicians use those two hot topics, during election, to get a certain segment of people to vote for them, then really don't do anything about it after. This time, the people refused to be manipulated.

    2) He (Obama) does not appreciate people being mistreated regardless of their lifestyle choices. I watched an interview between him and several gay community leaders, and not once did he say he supported the homosexual lifestyle. But he did say, however, that given the choices these people have already made, he will not encourage discrimination or mistreatment of them. In fact, I think that at one point the gay community was not happy with him either because he was not as much of a champion of their agenda as they thought he would be. I feel like if the church doesn't have enough power to communicate to people the evils of abortion and homosexuality, then why should we place the burden on government? These people are in bondage to sin and to false ideology. Government can't do anything about that! We don't preach against in our churches, but we want government to "preach" against it. In fact, I worked for a ministry, in which I was told that many of them believe in homosexuality. I don't work there anymore. It's time for the church to do what SHE was called to do.

    You're right … I've wondered about my position regarding Pres. Obama, and have asked God to identify, if there is any, prejudice that may lie in my heart. But, what I see about Obama is that he is no more or less capable than any other president, no more or less moral than any other president, no more or less flawed than any other president. I do, however, question people who embrace the media's interpretation of his actions (i.e. talking UNITY, then slamming the Republican party for not DOING WHAT HE COMMANDS, being weak to handle the global crisis on terror). How can those of us who are watching this through the eyes of the media possibly know if that interpretaion is correct? Besides, God said that his strength is made perfect in weakness.

    It just seems to me that people are too willing to "talk" about what they THINK he is doing wrong, rather than just being quiet and praying for him. Of course, I expect that from the media, but not the mature church. So, I wonder if there is a hidden root of prejudice which says a man with brown skin can't possibly lead OUR country. Also, Rush Limbaugh seems to be taking Pres. Obama's position as president and his decisions in government VERY personally. I don't know if he's a wannabe politician, but his response to Obama is irrational – and supposed non-prejudiced, kingdom-minded people listen to and enjoy his slander. What's up with that?

    As a Christian, Obama does make me kind of nervous, but something in me said that I would not be religious in my view of him and his presidency – that I would search a little deeper, and at the same time pray that he yields himself fully to God. Besides, again, I have been asking God to show me who to vote for, for quite some time AND I have heard two prophets testify since then that God told them who was His choice for president. Bobby Conner said that God told him that HIS choice was a "brown bag" … lol. Isn't that funny? This reminds me that God is very aware that he is just a man like the 43 presidents who came before him – but with brown skin. But God knows, and every mature Christian knows, that neither he nor the 43 who came before him are really in control of this thing, especially with a pure-hearted, loving body of Christ praying for God's will to be done. Can the church, at least, just give this man a break and pray? Let's use our mouths to do what scripture tells to do – pray for those in authority that they may lead peaceable lives and boldly address the sin (abortion and homosexuality) in the lives of people that God assigns to us. That part is not the government's job, it's OURS!

    Shalom … wonderful Pastor Chuck!!!

    • Great reply Nora, well written and spoken with humility. As I've mentioned several times in my blogs and comments… Even though I did not vote for this President, I sincerely desire for him to be a good President.. and I am praying for him everyday, to catch the HEART of God so that he can rule with wisdom, and justice, and morality and in the spirit of our founding fathers. That he can work together with all of our nations government… and with our nations churches to build tomorrows better nation. I pray that he will make the right choices concerning our economy and in protecting our future generations AND concerning any law that speaks of morality. You are correct in saying that this is primarily the churches responsibility (I speak that same message)… however, it is my prayer that government would create laws that will better mirror Gods heart concerning such matters. God bless you Nora, have a super day!!

  9. I agree with you in that prayer for government. When the church unites around the heart of God, He will do it!

    God bless YOU, Pastor Chuck … you are definitely the right man for the job you do … Shalom!!