By: Robert C. Bess Sr.
President Barack Obama recently addressed hundreds in a crowded gathering to talk about the issue of violence within our society. This particular News Conference came on the heels of the latest violent tragedy, which occured once again at one of our Institutions of Higher Learning.
Some have criticized the President, lamenting that while politicizing the nation’s tragedy, he missed an opportunity to call the nation to repentance. A visibly frustrated Obama questioned why this continues to happen, while those on opposite sides of the political isle took this opportunity to push their individual agenda by playing the blame game.
One can make a strong argument that America has lost its way and that until we repent as a nation we will continue to repeat these actions within our borders. The United States can still be saved. For our children’s sake we must place our focus and turn our hearts back to God. We cannot allow ourselves to be sidetracked by issues that are used as distractions to the real problem.
Gun Control once again came up as the overarching problem; however, gun control is only a symptom of a larger problem. It takes a depraved heart to be able to shoot innocent children in cold blood. President Obama asked the question, “Do we really want to change? Or shall we insanely keep doing the same thing over and over again, seeing no results? The Lord made it clear when He said, “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chr. 7:14).
President Lincoln said the following words, March 1863, “We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God … we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own…. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the Offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
There are some things that will come only through Prayer and Fasting. It is during this time of corporate adulation to the Father that our nation can enter its strongest state; for”the Effectual Prayer of a Righteous Man availeth much.”