Radical Christianity doesn’t intercede because sin is so ugly; Radical Christianity intercedes because it knows there is something beautiful to redeem beneath the sin.
Radical Christianity doesn’t beat the sin out; Radical Christianity loves the sin out.
Radical Christianity believes nothing is too big or too broken for our God to restore.
Radical Christianity doesn’t give lip-service to negative-Nancy platitudes; Radical Christianity speaks faith and hope words that empower to stand in the gap, interceding through the Holy Spirit.
Radical Christianity intercedes not just for our friends, our family, our church. Radical Christianity intercedes for our schools, our cities and our country, regardless of political beliefs.
Reading the news for the past few months leaves me uncomfortable. Uncomfortable in a way I never imagined feeling in America. I’ve felt disquieted before – and have learned that disquieted feeling is a call to prayer, for intercession.
Abraham interceded boldly for Sodom. Please do not interpret that to mean that I am saying our country is comparable to Sodom. I believe there are many righteous men and women in our nation. I believe there is a heart for the great I Am .
Abraham didn’t bash Sodom. He begged for Sodom, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 – down to 1 faithful man. He interceded. He ASKED boldly, daringly. Abraham interceded with hope and faith, not finger pointing and sin cataloging. He didn’t bash Sodom as sin-city. Rather, he focused on the righteous man.
I am asking you to intercede, to pray for our country, for God to move in our country, to save it – for the righteous men and women who pray with you, who minister to you in the grocery store, in the pulpit, in the blogahood – even the righteous boys and girls whom you have taught to pray, to walk in faith, to trust in the great I Am who says “I AM” able to save a country, yes – for even one righteous man. I do not doubt that we have 1, 50, 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,00 – even 1 million righteous men, women and children in our country. That just WOWS me.
Let us become interceders for our country like Abraham was for Sodom. Right now, I think we have much hope. Abraham’s story tells us we do.
For my personal journaling, I kept the post below in tact(written after the November 2012 election). However, please read #886 for scriptural support – and become to our country, an interceder like Abraham for whom God was willing to bargain to save a country.
857) Last week was a lot of sitting across the table, living big and little things. Election night found friends, neighbors and family at our table discussing the future of our country over bowls of Deer Chili or Shrimp Creole jambalaya and celebration chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache.
858) All 5 sons, a lovely daughter-in-law and grandbaby girl joined in the watching, the talking, the coming together
859) In the swirl of election nights, grandbaby girl pointed to the fan, whispering, “Ffffff.” We sat on the floor together, being together, pulling out toys, books, and continually looking up, pointing to the fan. Grandbaby girl has loved fans since she was itty bitty – much more itty bitty than nine months. She looks for them everywhere she goes.
860) My boys, big and small, even small, didn’t want to go to bed until the election results were in – even at 12, at 14, 17, 20 and 26 – these boys understand the definition of words like Freedom, Capitalism, Socialism, taxes, the constitution, one nation under God, in God we trust – and our history – like when Plymouth was founded under a socialist-type charter which failed until a capitalist charter motivated all members of the community to work hard for a good, solid life.
861) My bed-time chronicle boy understanding my disappointment and we settled for hugs, not words
862) Waking up to a faith-filled morning, where God reminded me that for 50 righteous, he would save a city
“Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”
and if there weren’t 50 righteous, he would save a city for 45 righteous men and women:
Again he spoke to him and said, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.”
The great I AM, who created the universe, the intricacies of the reproduction system, amoebas, humor, tear ducts, love – He was willing to be talked down finding only 40 righteous men out of an entire city.
Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.”
How much He must have wanted to save all those men, women and children – Even for only 30 righteous men and women would he save a city.
He said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.”
For 20 righteous men and women, he would save an entire city.
Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it” (Genesis 18: 28-32)
Even for as little as 10 – and He filled me with hope – because our country still has righteous men and women who love the Lord our God with all their hearts and minds and souls.
Even one righteous man can save a city – just one. Are you willing to be the one when others fail?
“Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city”(Jeremiah 5:1)
Are you willing to stand in the gap on behalf of our country, to build up a protective wall of faith?
“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30)
50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 1 – don’t despair – for even one faithful man, He would save a city, a country.
863) Later in the week, I met my National Guard son for lunch – and thanked him for serving my country
864) As we moved into the weekend, evidence of the journey of prayers and answered prayers continued.
865) God was still outside my window at work, pointing out His squirrels scavenging nuts
866) In the vibrant corn-silk yellow leaves veined in fuchsia fired in orange gold.
867) In swirls of leaves dancing and dipping in mid-air, across roads, on the way to work, to church, to home
868) In the morning phone calls with my mom and my aunt
869) That maybe this week we took maybe 6 steps forward and only 2 steps back, instead of 6 steps backward in those prayer journeys
870) He was in the praise as I stood with 4 sons at Sunday Worship
871) He was in the prayer as all my boys stood ready to minister to a house full of boys – even if the ministering was just making them feel at home while the adults participated in a small group meeting to learn more about Unconditional Love.
872) Hugs from my 2 little guys.
873) My husband’s sense of humor
874) That God cherishes us, that my husband and I cherish each other, that we cherish our children:
875) Cherish: To hold as dear; to embrace with affection; to foster, and encourage;
876) To treat in a manner to encourage growth, by protection, aid, attendance, or supplying nourishment; as, to cherish tender plants
877) To treat with tenderness and affection; to give warmth, ease or comfort to.
878) He was in the morning prayer, the prayer for friends, for new life in babies born
879) God is still restoring, souls still need saving – and I am reminded that a righteous man continues Jesus loving his family, his neighbor, the prodigal young man or woman sitting in the pew, the person ordering their coffee ahead of me.If you’re willing to stand before Him in the gap – election results are replaced with hope, with city-saving power.