Friday, August 31, 2012

Jay Seculo Live Failure

No, I don't often listen to the show, and no, I don't have a specific instance of his failure.
But I'm teaching through Nehemiah now, and Nehemiah has a prayer that's very interesting, he basically admits that the people had sinned, and he was one of them. He admits that the punishment of burned gates, and smashed walls was just. This is how he begins in v6: "Please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father's house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses."
Now that's not just a prayer, that's a really bold prayer. It's a little easier to see how bold when you consider a radio show like Jay Seculo Live. Jay's show is just like the people in the (I call it) old people Bible class. They are dispensationalists, so they very much believe that the political climate of America is directly tied into Scriptures, and as a result they are usually praying that God would boot Obama from office, and would deliver America from his hands. Nothing wrong with that prayer. Nothing wrong with wanting to be saved from a man who desires to be a tyrant.
But there is something missing: admission of guilt. I want to tell those people who run the radio show, or call in, or sit in that Bible class: Yes, ask God to remove him, but first realize that God gave us Obama to punish us for our sins. We have sinned. We have acted unfaithfully. It's too easy to draw a line in the sand and say "those people, they elected him, they are sinners." We are Americans, all of us. We have sinned, we have brought this on ourselves. Before we pray for the leader of our nation to be shown the door, a little humility and confession is in order.

1 comment:

THEOparadox said...

Phil,

GREAT point! I remember thinking something similar as I watched the Republican National Convention. At certain points, it seemed like a big display of self-righteousness and there was not any inkling that we might be under the well-deserved judgment of God for our multitudes of sins!

The "answer" is not a new president; it is repentance and the true revival that results from a softened, humbled heart.

Blessings,
Derek