The Restoring Honor gathering at our nation's capital on Saturday has caused a stir among Christ's body. There were many, many true believers in Jesus Christ who either attended or embraced that event and its purpose. The problem has nothing to do with the state of this nation, the problem is with the beliefs of its head, Glenn Beck. This man, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is proposing a revival that ignores the boundaries of doctrine and denomination. I recently heard him say on his radio program that he believes that we all follow the same god, no matter our religion (not a direct quote, Glenn; have you called Wretched yet?). To this I say, the God of the Bible is not the god of all religions, though He is the God of all people and those who do not embrace His Son, Jesus Christ (not the anti-Christ Mormon Jesus, who they say is the brother of Lucifer, by the way) will justly experience His wrath--not His love.
God divided the nations at Babel and He does not shun patriotism, but He will not tolerate His children embracing unbelievers and treating them as being on equal terms theologically. This is the fine line we walk in a situation of this nature. It is not a lack of patriotism that has brought our nation to its current state, it is a lack of holiness. It is rebellion against God and the consequences of that rebellion, as laid out in Romans 1:18-32. This nation is under God's holy judgement right now and its people need to acknowledge their sins and turn to the King of kings and Lord of lords (and President of presidents), repenting and humbly asking Him to forgive them. Our nation, like Nineveh, can be given a stay of judgement (someone once said that God must judge nations now, because they don't have an afterlife), but it will only happen through true revival, not a works-oriented, lets-just-everybody-forget-our-differences-and-get-along-and-build-us-a-Tower-like-they-did-at-Babel revival. That will not work.
Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them.
When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes. He issued a proclamation and it said, "In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish."
When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it (Jonah 3:5-10).Christians need to go directly to the throne room of God and in the name of Jesus Christ, petition Him to turn the hearts of this nation to Him.
There is an excellent piece, God, the Gospel and Glenn Beck by Dr. Russell Moore which can be found at his blog, Moore to the Point which addresses this issue very well. (Thanks to Matt Marshall for the heads up.)