How to Fix Our Broken Nation

Text: Proverbs 14:34

After the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA, the New York Daily News headline – “God Isn’t Fixing This” – mocked God, prayer, and Christians as a whole. Many believe that God does not fix the problems in the world because He does not exist, does not care, or is incapable of fixing them. There is a reason why tragedies like these mass shootings happen. God is able to fix it, but it depends on us following the solution He has given.

Prayer is Always Appropriate

  • Many non-religious people will mock the practice of prayer, but prayer is always appropriate – pray in the face of suffering (James 5:13; Acts 12:5); pray to make our requests known to God (Philippians 4:6); pray for a peaceful and quiet life (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
  • While prayer is always appropriate, it is not, by itself, a magic cure for all that is wrong in the world – God answers prayers according to His will, not our own (1 John 5:14-15); prayer is not a substitute for our own efforts (Matthew 6:11; Ephesians 4:28); prayer does not override one’s freewill (Romans 10:1-3)

These Things Happen Because of Sin

  • God created a perfect world for Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:31) – sin introduced death and decay into the world (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:17-19, 22-23)
  • Every problem that exists in this country is a consequence of sin – directly (i.e. murder) or indirectly (i.e. poverty)
  • Legislation and government programs cannot fix the problem of sin – civil government is necessary because of sin; divinely-given role to punish sin (Romans 13:3-4; Ecclesiastes 8:11); but they cannot deal with the problem of sin, this must come from God

God Has Already Provided the Solution for Sin

  • The New York Daily News said “God Isn’t Fixing This” – but He already has provided the solution; the problem is that too many do not take advantage of this solution
  • The solution for sin is found in Christ (1 Peter 2:24; Hebrews 9:26; Romans 5:8-11) – the Lord offers an invitation for all to come to Him (Matthew 11:28-30), but does not force us to come

God Fixes Our Country As We Turn to Him

  • A nation is exalted when its people practice righteousness rather than sin (Proverbs 14:34)
  • The standard of righteousness is found in God’s word (Romans 1:16-17) – but it is not enough just to know what the standard of righteousness is, we must practice it (1 John 3:7); we must be obedient to the gospel (Romans 6:17-18) and become freed from sin and slaves of righteousness
  • If more people would obey the Lord, it would go a long way to fixing our nation – more importantly, these ones would be living in a way that is pleasing to God

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