Weekly Howdy 7.6.2016
by LPCC Admin on July 6th, 2016

Howdy Folks:
It is difficult these days to start a day without hearing or seeing discouraging news. As I often say, it is hard to find news at all any more, let alone good news. We have become desensitized to the events around the world – the terrorist attacks, natural disasters, the crumbling of governments, the crisis of refugees, the list goes on and on. We look at the world as Americans and wonder is there any hope of peace and stability? 

 While we watch and wait looking at the global challenges, ironically, the world looks to the de facto leader of the world, the United State of America, and they ask the same questions,
“Financial crisis, violence, culture wars, division, anger,” and that is just in the political debates. The world looks at the Unites States of America and asks the same question we ask of the world, “Is there any hope of peace and stability?” 

 It is the election season, and it seems every day there is some breaking story that appears to breaking us as a nation. I read an interesting article from Dr. James Dennison this morning. If you do not know Dr. Dennison, I would encourage you to subscribe to the Dennison Forum at denisonforum.org. Here is an excerpt from his article this morning:

​According to a recent survey, ninety-two percent of Republicans are to the right of the median Democrat, while ninety-four percent of Democrats are to the left of the median Republican. The percentage in each party with a highly negative view of the other party has more than doubled since 1994.
Here's my explanation: a democratic group requires a foundational worldview, a moral core upon which to base its life together. Just as you can't have a conversation without a shared vocabulary, so you can't have a "democracy" ("rule of the people") unless the people have some rules they agree to observe together.
When that foundational core begins to disintegrate, the democracy will split into factions coalescing around mutual principles. CIA Director John Brennan is observing such disintegration around the world, causing "societies that once embraced a national identity to fracture along ethnic and sectarian lines." Could he say the same of America?
Three months before it declared independence from Great Britain, the Second Continental Congress proclaimed March 16, 1776, a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer. Their purpose in calling the nation to God: "That we may, with united hearts, confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and, by a sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease his righteous displeasure, and, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain his pardon and forgiveness."

Can you imagine Congress issuing such a proclamation today?
We often shout at the leaders and the candidates, especially those we oppose, but we must remember the words of our Declaration of Independence, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” … 
Perhaps an equally necessary question would be not only can we imagine Congress issuing such a proclamation today, but also can we imagine such a call being followed by the citizens for a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer? If we are equally divided and opposed along political lines, is there no foundational worldview that is greater than our political loyalties?
Another critical question one might ask is, “Have we come to the place in our country that our division along political lines has become greater than our unity as followers of Christ?”
Dr. Dension concludes his commentary with these words:

​In a culture that lacks trust, let's be people of trust. In a day that lacks hope, let's share our hope in Christ. In a nation that lacks direction, let's seek the direction of God's Spirit. C. S. Lewis: "Safety and happiness can come only from individuals, classes, and nations being honest and fair and kind to each other."

​Let it begin with us. Changed people change the world.
Pastor Greg

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