“The Nehemiah Plan for Rebuilding a Nation”

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“The Nehemiah Plan for Rebuilding a Nation”

Crossroads on Valley Radio This Weekend, Jan. 6 & 7
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“When Nehemiah heard about the broken down walls of Jerusalem, he wept, he mourned, he fasted, and he Prayed before the God of Heaven.  (Nehemiah 1:3,4)

“Then he developed a Plan, and all the people Participated in it.  Despite strong opposition, they Persisted and, in only 52 days, they Prevailed in rebuilding the wall and Praised God for it.”  (Nehemiah:  1-13)

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Broken Down Walls:  Then and Now

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be taken hostage and taken into exile to Babylon, as Nehemiah was 2500 years ago?  What had he done to deserve this?

And then to find out that your friends and family who were left behind in Jerusalem are being mistreated, the city walls had been torn down, and the country was in shambles?

It was terrible!  But Nehemiah was the cupbearer to the Babylonian king – a very comfortable position.  Why should he get involved with troubles back home?  That’s their problem.  And even if he did, what could he do?

Do you sometimes feel like that today?  That the solid “walls” of Judeo-Christian values and constitutional principles which have protected America for 400 years are being broken down and destroyed?

But so what?  Why should we get involved?  And what can we do about it anyway?

What Makes Us Weep?

But is it really so bad that, like Nehemiah, we are brought to tears when we examine our walls today?  Life is good, so why worry?  Really?  But what about the following examples?

— Should we not be weeping at the way that enemies of God are trying to expel Him from our culture and from the public square?

— Or at the continued legalized murder of over 58 million unborn babies since 1973 – more than 3,500 per day in America?

— Or at the coarsening of our culture, at the spread of violence, and at rampant pornography that leaves a trail of ruined men, exploited women, damaged children, disease, crime, and even death?

— Or at the many marriages and families that have been broken by divorce and which have now been redefined to include same-sex partners?

— Or at the attacks on our religious freedoms by groups like the ACLU, LGBT activists, radical Islamic jihadists, and even by members of our own government?

— Or at the immoral national debt of over $20 trillion that we are passing on to our children – more than $63,000 for every American citizen?

— Finally, should we not be weeping at the abuse of executive federal power during the past decade that violates the Constitutional design of limited government and guaranteed rights and freedoms of “We the People” and of the states?

Thirteen Leadership Principles:  For Action

But weeping is just for starters.  It must lead to action.

Therefore, when Rita Dunaway and I reviewed the life of Nehemiah on Crossroads radio last year, we identified 13 leadership principles that he used to rebuild the broken-down walls of Jerusalem 2500 years ago, and which we can use today to rebuild the broken-down walls of our own America.

They all begin with the letter “P” to make them easier to remember, and provide a roadmap that led them to a beautiful victory celebration after only 52 days, as follows:  Prepare, Pray, Purpose, Plan, Proceed, Participate, Passion, Protect, Persist, Pattern, Purify, Prevail, and Praise!

Crossroads:  Where Faith and Culture Meet

Because of its continued application to our world today, we are re-airing that program this weekend on WBTX (1470/AM and 102.1/FM) at 4:00 p.m. Saturday and again on Sunday at 7:30 a.m., followed by WSVA (550) and WSVA/FM (92.1) at 8:30, and WNLR (1150) at 11:30.  You can also listen online by clicking on the menu of Crossroads’ programs available on our home page HERE.

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Thank you!

Dean