Daniel prayed to a holy God for a faltering nation.
Daniel 9:7 To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame…
The state of the union is simply this. Fifty seven million Americans are missing from the union. They will have no voice tonight. No one will speak up for them. Most will not even miss them. So they think.
Some of them would have been forty years old now. Perhaps a few would have been doctors. Seems like we will be needing them. Perhaps half of them would be taxpayers by now. We have long since missed them. What furniture will never be built? What song will never be written? What cure will not be discovered? Yes, they are missed in fact if not in feeling.
But there is one who never lost sight of them. He knew them in the womb and he knows them this very hour. Father to fatherless he is called, and with a father’s care and a father’s wrath he will come to the aid of his own.
Which day of the week are your ears not filled with the noise of violence? We decry the random, senseless death that unfolds before us daily. But no amount of preaching, no amount of pleading, no amount of educating will bring back a respect for life on this side of the womb, while there is no respect for life on the weakest side of the womb. There is nothing magical about passing through a birth canal. There is only a legal fiction that one is life and the other is not.
If life doesn’t matter, nothing does. That trilogy of ideas so sacred to Americans, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” has long since been sacrificed on the altar of our self concern. For without the first, the last two are meaningless and impossible. If life doesn’t matter, nothing does.
Our judgment is unfolding before our eyes and we do not have the spiritual discernment to see it. So we lay it at the feet of guns. But if we take the guns, then it will be knives. And if we take the knives, it will be fists. And if we bind the fists, then the voices will shout their hatred of life into the darkness. There cannot be a culture of life where their exists such a massive culture of death.
When Daniel sought the Lord, he made no excuses for his wayward nation and neither must we. Let us pray and think and believe with Isaiah who reported…
Isaiah 1:16-18 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
For, what a wonderful Savior he is!