In 1973, the Rev. Billy Graham preached to tens of thousands in St. Louis, Missouri, lamenting that America as a nation was under God’s judgment for the U.S. Supreme Court decision made earlier that year legalizing the mass murder of children. He warned that unless believers sought repentance to reverse this atrocity, our nation would be taken away from us as was the case of the Babylonian Achaemenid Empire circa 500 B.C.
Mr. Graham paraphrased Daniel’s conversation with King Belshazzar recorded in Daniel chapter 5. Belshazzar’s empire’s military might was unparralled and its cultural and social influences spanned from modern day Iran to Greece, Egypt, and Libya. Yet he was frightened by handwriting that appeared on his palace wall: “Mene, mene, Tekel, and Parsin.”
Daniel interpreted it, explaining his kingdom was being destroyed at that very moment and it was too late to do anything about it. The Medes and Persians were invading. Belshazzar was killed that night and his country fell to King Darius, the Persian Empire’s third ruler.
Mr. Graham remarked that the leaders of one of the greatest nations on earth chose rebellion — and hell — because they rejected God. He said such leaders are “like a mouse still nibbling on cheese after being caught in a trap. They’re already dead!”
Mr. Graham admonished Christians to repent then, and 42 years later Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is doing the same. Not only has he invited Americans to join him Jan. 24th at The Response: Louisiana: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis, but he wrote to his 49 gubernatorial colleagues asking them to attend and/or extend a similar invitation to citizens in their states.
Citing 2 Chron. 7:14, Mr. Jindal wrote:
The Lord makes this promise to us: ‘if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land’.” Mr. Jindal also referenced Joel, who circa 800 B.C. told people living in a war-torn divided nation “to call a solemn assembly” and “cry out to the Lord.”
Mr. Jindal admonishes that “now is the time for us to have a similar posture of humility, honesty, and honor before the Lord on behalf of our nation.” He asks others to join him, appealing to God for intervention, mercy, and deliverance, and ignite a spiritual renewal in America.
January 25, 2015