September 11, 2013
Every year, we are encouraged by the number of folks who come out to participate in the local Cry Out America event.
On Wednesday, that encouragement was evident again, as numerous folks weathered the scorching temperatures and came to the Bladen County Courthouse lawn to share their prayers for the community, county, state and nation.
President Andrew Jackson once said, “The Bible is the Rock upon which this Republic rests.”
President Abraham Lincoln once said, “I turn, then, and look to the American people and to that God who has never forsaken them.”
President William McKinley once said, “Our faith teaches that there is no safer reliance than upon the God of our fathers.”
Those men, and many other leaders who have helped to make this country great, knew the importance of leading, governing and treating people with God at the forefront of their actions.
But now, this country is at a crossroads.
For the past few decades, America has increasingly allowed itself to move quietly and lazily toward the falls of godless postmodern values — rejecting God’s standards in favor of re-interpreted immorality. And perhaps the most important solution is for this country to experience another spiritual awakening.
Part of that will be an acceptance of the fact that politicians are not the answer. Only Jesus is. The other half of the awakening is that Christians must live the life God wants for them, letting others see it — then help lead them to it.
Events like Cry Out America, as well as the National Day of Prayer, signal hope for this country. But it must be expanded, one person or group at a time, until the upwelling of evangelism sweeps America in a might wave of spiritual revival.
We can’t give enough kudos to Pam Ward and the other organizers of Bladen County’s version of Cry Out America. We also can’t emphasize enough how impressed we are with those who attended the event of Wednesday.
It is our hope that the seeds planted that day become a harvest of God’s blessings and grace for this community.