Does Repentance Matter?
Published on November 17, 2021
does repentance matter

“Repent” is the “R” in R.E.C.I.P.E.

Will we Succeed as a Nation?

In the winter of 1777, Benjamin Rush sat next to John Adams in Congress, and whispered to him, and asked Mr. Adams if he thought “we should succeed in our struggle with Great Britain”.  At that time, the colonies were engaged in a war with the world’s greatest superpower.  Still, to Benjamin Rush’s question, John Adams answered “Yes—If we fear God, and repent of our Sins.”  There has always been a connection between the state of the heart of the people of God, and His blessing upon them.  Our founders, like John Adams in this conversation, realized this. 

A LIGHT ON A HILL?

The United States has moved from being a light on a hill for the Lord, and honoring His Word, to being a place where we have disallowed the existence of God, or God’s Word, in our society.  As a society, we strive to protect the right to kill babies by the millions, and yet accept that our children have no right to prayer, or the Bible, in their schools.  Our society celebrates and passes laws to protect the “right” to participate in activities that God calls abomination, while we deny the very One who gives us breath.  The Declaration of Independence declares our rights are endowed upon us by our Creator.  If our rights come from God, then it is safe to say we do not have “rights” that directly conflict with His Word.  There is no “right” to protection of homosexual behavior – God calls that an abomination.  There is no “right” to have an abortion – that is taking away life God gave to a new baby.  There is no “right” to things that have to come at the expense of others – like health care, or moratoriums of evictions from rental properties with delinquent payments.  Those things are theft from someone else.  When our society breaks God’s law, (and even celebrates the breaking of His law), we go from being in God’s blessing, to being under His judgment.  God’s blessing flows from our obedience to His Word. 

do you Desire God’s blessings?

When the Temple was completed in ancient Jerusalem, God told his people what to do when they found themselves under God’s judgment – He said,

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 

– 2 Chronicles 7:14

Repentance

Let’s pray He will honor the same for us.  For this reason, Patriot’s Hope will point God’s people to repentance as the first step to making our country better. It makes no sense to expect God’s blessing on a nation who has denied every influence of His Word and His hand which has been upon us since our founding.  This is not to say we condemn those individuals who have been affected by these sins, but we do need to repent and turn away from these things as a nation.  Without repentance – without God’s blessing again – even the best Constitution ever written will not save this country.  Let’s repent of these things, change our hearts, turn from our wicked ways, and then ask God to bless our nation once again. 

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  1. Glenn Curlett

    Acts 20:21 I have declared to both the Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
    Paul’s words to the elders of the Ephesus church, and God to us.

    Jeremiah 15:19-21 Therefore, this is what the LORD says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy , not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them. I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and save you,” declares the LORD. “I will save you from the hands of the wicked and deliver you from the grasp of the cruel.”

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    • Jason Southerland

      Amen to both of these verses! Good stuff… The one in Jeremiah reminds me of another great one in Jeremiah… “At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.” – Jeremiah 18:7-10
      Thank you for the comment!

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  2. Carol

    Yes, Amen! Repentance is the key to forgiveness. It may look impossible from our eyes, but from God’s eyes nothing is impossible. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” I also like Deuteronomy 20:4 …”for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. Now we need to do our part…to pray and vote and leave the results up to God. Thanks, Jason and RaShell, for going that extra mile for us. Carol

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    • Jason Southerland

      Thank you so much for your comment! I love that verse in Deuteronomy you quoted… He will fight for us. So, as a nation we have to stop doing evil things, turn away from those things and return to God. It is our only hope as a nation. Thank you again!

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