During a 1952 sermon, the reverend Billy Graham provided a prophetic message about the United States of America. Using the passage of 2 Chronicles 7 to serve as his context, Graham compared the Israelites in the Old Testament with America. When families, individuals or nations experience the misfortune of hardship, your degree of character will be revealed. Thus, during times of disaster, drought or death, America is only as strong as her moral and spiritual forces.
If I shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or if I command locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence and plague among My people, 2 Chronicles 7:13.
Ten years following this statement, the Supreme Court removed prayer from public education using the separation of church and state as it’s rationale. One year later, public Bible readings over the morning announcements was also banned from public education. Using each of these cases as predetermining factors, other states followed these rulings to weaken moral and spiritual forces in America. By 1980, atheists, liberals and progressives waged war against the ten commandments, having these civil and ethical standards also removed from public schools.
And My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land, 2 Chronicles 7:14.
When you turn on cable news, follow social media sites and or listen to talk radio, current events are a by product of these past judicial decisions. Instead of focusing on doom and gloom as society edges closer to the verge of lawlessness, the best course of action is to humble yourself before the Lord. As you do, confess and pray for positive results, that revival will sweep across this land. Billy Graham devoted 58 years of his life, from 1947-2005, traveling the globe to conduct 417 Bible Crusades in 185 countries. This wasn’t done for selfish ambition or self promotion. Rather, Billy Graham understood that America and the world is only as strong as her moral and spiritual forces.
by Jay Mankus