Daily Devotion Thursday July 27, 2017
“The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least put on sackcloth”
During the 2016 American Elections, Franklin Graham of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association launched a Decision America Tour with the view that “neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can turn this country around; no political party or politician is the answer. The only hope for this country is Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ.”
“The only hope for this country is Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ.” Franklin Graham
Franklin who sought to mobilize Christians to offer themselves for public offices and vote for people who uphold biblical values said: “I want to challenge Christians to boldly live out their faith and to pray for our nation and its leaders. I want to encourage Christians to get out and vote, and to cast their ballots for candidates who uphold biblical principles.” So, Decision America Tour was launched and Franklin went to all the capitals of the 50 states of the US “proclaiming the truth of God’s Gospel in every state.”
As Franklin Graham moved around the 50 states, asking “believers to stand up for the things of God” and “openly preached that homosexuality is a sin… that those who “continue living like this” will suffer in “the flames of hell,” there was a visible opposition to this move by atheists and the LGBT community. The Christian Times writes; “The protesters, led by atheist organization Freedom from Religion Foundation, said Graham’s words promote hatred. Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president, also challenged Graham’s teaching that the U.S. has its roots in Christianity.”
Although Decision America Tour was received with mix reaction even among Christians in the states, it leaves me wondering: What if Our Cities Believed God? Or, What if the Nations of the Earth Believed God?
Unlike a click of people who protested the promotion of “godly values” during the Decision America Tour, when Jonah proclaimed that “Forty more days and Nineveh will be destroyed” instead of having Jonah arrested and tortured for this message of doom, Nineveh believed God. Instead of resisting the prophet Jonah’s message;
“Nineveh believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth” (Jonah 3:5).
There was revival in Nineveh, starting from the king to the lowest Ninevite, everyone humbled themselves and repented of their sins. This caused God to relent of the impeding destruction that he was going to bring upon the city. The city wasn’t destroyed, it rather thrived, simply because it believed God.
What if our cities believed God? What if the nations of the world believed God? What if we all believed the message of the Cross? What if we all accept the Lord Jesus? I believe the Lord who is a “gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love” (Jonah 4:3) would be pleased. I hope that if our cities believed God, that if the nations of the earth believed God, the world would have been better than what it is. If our cities believed God, the will of God would be done here on earth as it is done in heaven. If our cities believed in God, we would pride of righteousness than in wickedness for “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any nation” (Proverbs 13:34). Amen! Rev. J
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