The Only Hope for America
By Bruce Cannon
Jeremiah 8:20 “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”
Jeremiah was a prophet whose ministry was to the nation of Judah. His ministry began around 626BC and concluded after 587BC. At the beginning of his ministry, he saw the nation turning away from God. Judah was acting like the nations around them. They were worshipping other gods, sacrificing their children, and so forth. He knew the Lord would not put up with that kind of behavior from His own people. And so he preached, prayed, and wept before God for the sins of his people.
The unthinkable began to happen in 605BC as God allowed Babylon to come into Judah and take many of its citizens captive. It happened again in 597BC and yet again in 587BC. After the third time, Babylon came into Judah their soldiers tore down the temple Solomon built, damaged the walls, and took more of the Jews into captivity. The nation was decimated!
This takes me to the verse above. Jeremiah was marking time in Babylon. Year after year was passing and the people were still not being “saved”. Judgment from God had fallen upon the Jews and there seemed to be no end in sight. Thus, Jeremiah marks time with harvests and summer. He laments “and we are not saved.”
This is so eerily reminiscent of what is happening in America. I know no one has hauled us off to another nation into captivity as Judah was, but we are in captivity. We are losing freedoms! We are falling from within! Look at all of the divisions in our country. What is even worse is that we are seeing a lessening of people truthfully, faithfully worshipping our Lord. A fewer percentage of our population is attending houses of worship than ever before in our lifetime. And, all the while evil is taking such hold in the U.S.; we see it so clearly!
Judah’s hope in Jeremiah’s day was for someone to set them free from Babylon’s grasp and allow them to go back to Judah. It would happen after the Medes and Persians defeated the Babylonians. Finally, after a long time, they returned. They returned to find the destruction of the Temple. But, at least, they were able finally to go home.
What is the hope for America? The Lord! A return to Him! Our hope is not in the White House, Senate, or our Governors. It’s in the Lord! If only America would return to Him in brokenness, humility, and repentance, He would work on our behalf. He would move mightily in our midst.
If the only hope for America is the Lord, we must pray, repent and humble ourselves before the Almighty! We must claim Scriptures such as 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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.”
Let us join together in prayer at this critical point in time. Thank You!
Reverend Bruce Cannon currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Bear Creek Baptist Church in Bakersville. Formerly he served as Director of Missions for the Bladen Baptist Association and he has served on the General Board of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
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