Jeff Durbin, pastor of Apologia Church in Tempe, Arizona, created this video last December to present the Gospel to Mormons right outside of Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
This humble message is one of my favorites and shows the love that Christians do have for Latter-day Saints. In this National Day of Prayer that we observe in the United States of America, we long to come to God and lay down our sins so that He may forgive our sins and heal our land.
No matter what nation you are in, please read the scriptures below, as this can be universally applied to whatever ethnic background, culture, or nation you may belong to.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) says,
If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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.
When evil has befallen a nation, such as what has happened to the U.S. in the past decade, one can understand when one reads the rest of 2 Chronicles chapter 7. When we do not follow His commandments and forsake the God of our fathers, God’s hedge of protection is lifted. However, re-read 2 Chronicles 7:14 again.
We, as Christians, need to:
- Humble ourselves
- Seek God’s face
- Turn from our wicked ways
In turn, God will:
- Hear us from Heaven
- Forgive our sin
- Heal our land
We often want to pray and have our land healed, but that cannot happen unless we humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways. We all grew up with sin flowing through our veins from birth, but through forgiveness Jesus Christ can wash us clean by His blood that was spilled on the Cross.
Many of us wonder why we are experiencing what we are in the United States today. As we look around us at this generation and the last, we recognize that God is being put on the back burner and we have a majority of our generation who either does not believe God exists, or, has no fear of the Lord, therefore, the concept of sin vanishes.
May we never forget that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
BUT, we can be born-again and have a relationship with our Savior.
Psalm 141:2 says, “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” God bless you, and may your prayers go up to the Lord as a sweet fragrance before His Throne.
May this video remind you of how much we all need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The person you sit next to on the subway train on the way to work, that guy in the cubicle next to you who annoys you everyday at the office, the girl who works at an ice-cream shop who had a terrible first day at work, the person who cut you off on the highway, the young orphan child who has no parents, the lackadaisical Christian who never attends church, the devout Latter-day Saint who has a picture-perfect family and thinks he ‘has it all together’, the high school drop-out who think no one is proud of him for who he is as a person, the custodian at the school who hasn’t gotten a raise in fifteen years, the next door neighbor who nobody understands, the son or daughter struggling with depression, the newly married couple who is on their honeymoon and having the time of their lives… The point is, we all need God’s grace. We all need His forgiveness. Let it be known that it is by His grace we are saved, and not of works. His grace carries us through this life, and in this life we are endowed with HIS righteousness, not our own.
God bless you all.