"Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a disgrace to any people."1
When Arnold Toynbee, the renowned British historian, was 83, he made the following observation about Western society: 1. There's a decline in honesty, and absence of common purpose in the Western world. 2. Material success and gross national product are aims of Western peoples and governments. 3. Nations rise or fall in relation to the moral unity of the family and the moral purpose of the state--both in decline in the West." Even though Toynbee was pessimistic about the West he believed if leaders of government would appeal to the ideals of the people and not just to their pocketbooks, there could be hope for an ethical revolution. True, we need an ethical revolution, but much more we need a spiritual revolution. But unless we turn to God and acknowledge his rightful place in our hearts, and as the One who made our nation possible, and rebuild our nation's moral foundation based on his directives, neither an ethical nor a spiritual revolution is likely to happen. This must begin with each one of us and together we need to pray that God will turn our nation back to him. Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please send a spiritual awakening and revival to my country and let your work begin in me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen." 1. Proverbs 14:34 (NIV). NOTE: Re tomorrow's ELECTION in the U.S.A. A special word of advice from Noah Webster, 1882: "Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God (Exodus 18:21) . . . If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted ... If our government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness,it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws."