Something is wrong with me. I am not sure when I changed, but I have noticed a big difference in my response. Perhaps it is an overload or maybe it is just my age. Whatever it is, I really never thought it would happen. What has happened to me? I am growing numb to the horrific things that are transpiring daily in our world and certainly the tragic transformation of my country. Day after day, the bombardment of gross, violent, lascivious, perverse, selfish, and willful acts of man’s blatant disregard for God has given me such a high tolerance level to the worst kinds of news that I am not shocked any more. How can that be?
I never intended to become calloused. In fact, I always thought of myself as a compassionate and caring individual. But, if that were true, how can I listen to the news and hear of shootings, bombings, child abuse, rape, murder, kidnapping, beheadings, and leaders from various vocations arrested for sexual misconduct and not be weeping at the news reports? When did man’s vile behavior and transgressions become so common that my heart grew cold to that fact?
Fearfully, we have become so immersed in the wickedness around us, we have drifted from our closeness with God. We do the right things with reading Scripture, prayer, church, family, and seeking to do good, but somewhere our prayers ceased for conviction of sin. Too often, churches are so focused on affirmation that the church fails to deal with sin’s devastation. People come in and leave feeling good about themselves. Gone are the days when people were so burdened and broken by sin that they remained in the altar with tears of confession over their sins and the sins of the nation. Today’s Christianity is more concerned with coddling Christians than conviction of sin. Prayer today is too often an exercise in standing at “the Blessing Counter” of heaven and asking for one’s desires from God. And, where prayer used to be common place in many sectors of life, it is now banned in the marketplace and Public Square lest we offend men. It matters not that we have greatly offended God!
In the fifties the major discipline problems in our public schools were cigarette smoking, skipping class, running in the halls, shooting spit balls, chewing gum, and whispering in class.
Today, the major problems are deadly weapons – kids carrying guns, knives, and even assault weapons. This is followed by arson, drugs, vandalism, and drunkenness.
Recently a high school teacher observed a number of boys in the corner of the gymnasium on their hands and knees. Rushing up to the boys, the teacher demanded, “What are you doing?”
One of the boys looked up and answered, “We’re shooting dice!” The teacher responded with, “Oh, thank goodness. I thought you were praying.” (Copied).
Remember the prayer of Nehemiah when he was aware of the tragic condition of Jerusalem, he went to God in prayer. Here is how a man of God prays over sins destruction…..I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said, “O Lord God of heaven…. We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes…. (Nehemiah 1:4-5).
“O Lord, please be merciful on this sinful nation and please send the Holy Spirit in power to convict us of our sin and draw us back to our God!”