Today, August 28, 2010, may be another one of those amazing days that goes down in infamy. Months ago, Fox talk show host, Glenn Beck, began sounding a call to repentance and a gathering together of God’s people for the purpose of unity. Repeatedly he has said, “America, get on your knees and pray.” Then he began inviting us to join him for a day of miracles, a day of unity and oneness.
Today, we watched in awe as thousands upon thousands of Americans from every corner of the country joined together at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for this occasion – of honoring our military and repenting of the way our country has drifted away from the things of God. There is no doubt that political pundits will discuss the event for the coming weeks and even months ahead and the effect, if any, it had on the political outcome of the November elections but they will have missed the point. This wasn’t about coming together for a political purpose. This was about coming together, some at great sacrifice, for a spiritual purpose. This was John and Jane Doe Citizen bringing their children across the country for the purpose of oneness – that same oneness we had nine years ago on September 12, 2001, when we were all Americans.
The timing was extraordinary. Talking heads of every channel weighed in on whether it was a demeaning of the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, I Have A Dream speech, delivered at the same location. Beck was accused of racism, of sensationalism. His motives were questioned, discussed, dissected, analyzed and shredded. But they all missed the real significance of the day, which was the 18th of the Hebrew month of Elul.
Elul, which began on August 11 this year and will run through September 8, is the traditional Hebrew month of repentance, of return, according to Jewish tradition. It is a thirty day time frame of inner reflection, of righting wrongs done to others, of repenting and seeking the face of God before the Day of Judgment which occurs on Rosh HaShanah. Starting with the second day of Elul, the trumpet (shofar) is blown every day to awaken the sleeping spirit, those who are not awake to the things of God. It is a time of returning to the Creator and repenting from having walked away from Him.
At a time when our country is in the most serious period of political unrest, financial despair, and racial upheaval of our lifetime, we see a man used of God to cry out to America that we would humble ourselves, and pray and seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways, then He promises He will hear from heaven, and will forgive our sin and heal our land. Do we need healing? Oh yes. We have watched for months – even years – as our country has slid into a deeper abyss of non-belief, of debauchery, of thievery, of lying, of cheating and any other adjective we can think of. Crime is on a rise. Our borders are not secure. There is tremendous chaos and confusion in the land. Do we need to cry out? If ever, now is the time
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