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Pandemic crisis should be prompting to seek out God

Posted 13 April 2020 at 9:43 pm

Editor:

In the middle of all the chaos, confusion and conflict surrounding the current health crisis in America and especially New York State, the only solution is found in the Bible in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14  (God speaking):  “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 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.”

Even though this was given to the nation of Israel living in disobedience to God, the admonition can readily be applied to America today. As a nation and  as individuals, we have turned away from God especially those who call themselves Christians. We worship other gods including money, pleasure, recreation and self.

We have stood by silently and allowed abortion and perversion to reign in our culture. We wink at wickedness in our government and other institutions, including the church.

Somehow, we rationalize, “God will understand.” Well, He doesn’t “understand,” nor does He approve. He probably has condoned more than enough. Now we are paying the price.

Whether God sent or allowed this virus calamity to overtake doesn’t matter. What matters is “What are we going to do about it?” Will we ignore His warnings and hope everything will eventually work out? Will we repent of our sin and seek forgiveness from Him?

If and when this calamity goes away, there will be another one, probably even worse if we do not turn back to God. He has blessed us with the gift of a beautiful country – will we use it to glorify Him or for our own selfish pleasure, only watch it fall in disgrace and sorrow?

We should be supporting our President as he works diligently to make things right. No man is perfect, but he needs our cooperation and support. The President declared a National Day of Prayer on March 15, the same day a majority of churches in this area shut their doors.

Return to God, repent of sin, accept His forgiveness through the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and He will bring healing to you personally as well as to our land.

May God Bless you and Bless America!

Wayne Lemcke

Waterport, NY