In 606 BC, the Israelites went into exile in Babylonia as a drifting and confused people. They spent 70 agonizing years in solitude, and in physical and mental torment. In 538 BC, they began returning to Israel a sobered people. They were home, refocused in their PURPOSE as a NATION, ready to begin again the worship of Jehovah, the God of creation and the God is Israel. Most of the Jews at this time had never seen or heard the Law of Moses. They had to be instructed, in large part by Ezra, in a national reeducation program. America would do well to follow this example. We must remember who we are as a nation. Revisit our purpose and founding. Restore our commitment to godly principles and our Christian-Judeo heritage.
Last weekend Tracy and I had the privilege of standing on the ground in our capital and praying for the nation. Following the advice referenced above by our first president, we joined thousands of other Christians on the steps of the Supreme Court, in front of the White House, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and the lawn of the National Mall. Current prayers were added to the well-spring that have been prayed over our country for centuries, and it was inspiring to be among so many believers partnering with God through prayer and worship for the future of our country.