Every distinctive value on which America was founded is in jeopardy in the America of 2016.
Yesterday in Indiana, everything changed in the campaign for the next President of the United States.
The Christian Post, one of the largest Christian news sites in the world and a strong supporter of Ted Cruz, ran this headline late last night: "Ted Cruz Drops Out: Trump Likely Republican Nominee."
In a powerful and moving speech, Cruz told his supporters, "Together we left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we got. But the voters chose another path, and so with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign."
Ted Cruz was scheduled to be in Washington State today. KING 5 TV reported his schedule earlier in the day yesterday, then updated their report last night. Cruz was scheduled to be in Spokane, Redmond, and Bothell.
Many who tirelessly supported Cruz are asking themselves last night and this morning--now what?
I'll be talking more about yesterday's election on our live radio program this morning. Please join me from anywhere in the world at 9 AM PDT. Here's how.
The 2016 presidential election is the most important in our lifetime, and likely reflects the deepest divide among Americans since the Civil War.
We've got to get this one right, but what's right?
Franklin Graham is asking in his column this week if America will soon be "found wanting" as Belshazzar's Babylon was in its time.
He said this week, "I wonder if the handwriting is on the wall for America?"
Graham says of our current culture, "Christians are not simply tolerated---we are under constant, unrelenting assault for our beliefs and practices."
"We are a people and nation in imminent danger," he says, "we mock God, ridicule His Word and His ways, and flaunt gross immorality."
He says, "In this secular age, the influence of biblical principles and values has a diminishing impact upon education, government and politics...More young people than ever before claim no religious affiliation at all."
However, he says there's hope. "Only Almighty God can deliver us, and it is our fervent prayer that as we go across America in the months to come, that He will hear our prayers and heal our land."
As you may know, Franklin Graham is holding a 1-hour prayer rally on the steps of every state capitol in America before the 2016 election.
The campaign started in January and through the month of March, he reports that 2021 people have indicated their decisions to follow Christ as a result of attending a rally.
Franklin says, "They come to a rally because they are angry or dissatisfied with the way things are going in our country. Then they hear the Gospel preached, fall under conviction, repent of their sins, and turn to Christ. Praise God!"
Franklin's prayer rally schedule for the Northwest is as follows:
- Salem, OR. June 28--11 AM.
- Olympia, WA. June 29--11 AM
- Boise, ID. August 10--11 AM
Each is held on the capital steps and will be 1-hour long.
This is a link to his complete schedule.
People were experiencing many of the same emotions we are dealing with today, in the days of the Prophet Nahum.
Judah, God's people, were suffering greatly under the hand of Nineveh---a wicked city that opposed Judah's God and His principles and Truth.
In fact, the assault against God's people was such that many of them began wondering why God was not delivering them---even did He care---or were they any longer on the right side of the culture war.
Many had concluded that the cause for morality and justice had been doomed by evil.
Nahum offered a word of warning to Nineveh, but his prophetic word also contained a word of encouragement for Judah.
Nahum said, "The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows them that trust Him. But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of the place thereof [a reference to Nineveh], and darkness shall pursue His enemies" (Nahum 1:7,8).
I have heard it said that standing for godly principles in our present culture is like polishing brass on a sinking ship---or rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
I don't believe that.
The final count on God's purpose is not in yet.
"Nevertheless, if we grow not weary in our well doing, we shall reap, if we faint not" (Gal. 6:9).
And "darkness shall pursue God's enemies."
Be Faithful. Be Vigilant.