Rosh Hashana has come and is almost over and we are hearing wake up calls from the Middle East every time we turn on the news. People are angry and accusations are being hurled at politicians and those who wield influence are manipulating the people both here and over there with words that complement whatever ideology they espouse.
People wake up and see buildings and cars burning, American flags degraded, and chants of “Death to America” and little children holding up signs, “Behead anyone who degrades Islam or Islam’s Prophet”.
It makes even the most sane person a little crazy. What kind of world do we live in, anyway? It’s certainly different from the 40’s and the 50’s. I kind of think of that as a golden time in American’s history. We know we can’t go back to that time, because things have changed and people have changed. The environment in our own living rooms has changed. Now we’ve lost control and it’s catching up with us. We have accelerated in to the future, but we are not ready for it.
Max Lucado is ready. Pastor and author of several books, His saw his own church beginning to implode and realized that this could only be a distraction to their pursuit of God, both collectively and individually.
So he has a plan for forty days of prayer. The prayer is easy to remember. It’s USA: Unite us, Strengthen us, and Anoint and Appoint the President of the United States.
I’m not known as the most tactful person in the world, but I can see that as my strength too. I’m more willing to take someone by the arm and “hash” it out with them. This is something that horrifies some members of my family. I’ve found it can be very productive though with valuable fine tuning from daughter’s who have a give for tact. (It’s okay, non-tactful person. You can avail yourself of their gift, too! You’re not a terrible person!)
But Max Lucado has done something I probably could never do. He’s found a common ground for believers everywhere. He’s erected a standard to rally around. He’s found a universal doctrine and a place believer’s can launch an offensive, without being “offensive”. : ) (Either way, we can’t help that. Everyone’s offended by something these days).
So, Max Lucado is a kind of shofar. He’s saying, “Don’t take your eyes off Jesus! He’s our only hope! And He can do this! All we need to do is trust!.”
Thanks Max Lucado!