I found this article by Rick Warren to be an extremely important and helpful reminder of the spiritual dimension to our current economic crisis. Expounding on 2 Chron. 7:14, Warren cites the need for
— humble confession
— intensely seeking God
— sincere repentance
Here’s how his article starts:
What will heal America?
by Rick Warren
God wants to heal his people today. He wants to start with the church. And pastor, he wants to start
with you and me.
It’s widely understood that America is in its worst condition in our generation. Last year was the greatest year of job loss in America in 69 years. Yes, that’s 69 years! Politically, our government has been paralyzed by partisanship. Culturally, we’re becoming more and more secular. And internationally, our reputation has never been lower.
America needs healing.
We need healing in our economy. We need healing in our businesses. We need healing in our schools. We need healing in our marriages and our families. And, most of all, we need healing in our hearts.
But our wounds are not fatal. I’m very hopeful. My hope is not based upon some vague wish. It’s rooted in the Word of God. It’s rooted in the belief that even when life is tough, God is good and he has a plan and purpose for our lives and for our country.
So what will it take to heal our land?
Almost 3,000 years ago God made a promise to King Solomon that’s particularly appropriate for us to internalize today. It’s a promise that he has made to all of us – even 21st century America. God says, “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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV).
What is it that will heal America? We have to do the four things that God told Solomon and the nation of Israel to do. But never forget who God was speaking to in this passage. He was speaking to his people – the nation of Israel. God wants to heal his people today as well. He wants to start with the church. And pastor, he wants to start with you and me. As spiritual leaders, God has called us to model the four actions that will lead to national healing.