World View and Current Events
Returning to Our Roots
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jul 3, 2017
If God Is In Control, Why Is My Life Such a Mess?


When a tree’s root system is destroyed, the tree can no longer access the nutrients it needs and begins to weaken. The leaves wilt; the branches droop; the fruit ceases to grow. Eventually, the tree dies.

America was formed and developed from Biblical roots, but today our leaders chop away at our foundation. They deny the core of our purpose. They allow invasive roots to choke out the Truth. How have we as Christians responded? We have clung tightly to the rotting fruit on the drooping branches, while underneath us the truth of our country’s past and the hope for our present and future are being destroyed.

My Devotional

We need to pray that America, starting with ourselves, will turn back to God.

Without the root system, there can be no fruit. The secular thinkers of this country would like us to think our country was founded on humanistic values and ideals. They view our country’s birth as a philosophical and political event. However, the original words from the colony charters, the Declaration of Independence, and early political speeches all point directly to our country’s foundation upon the Christian faith and Biblical Truth. Our Founding Fathers desired that this nation to be rooted in the Bible.

How horrendous that we have let these evangelical roots rot underneath us! The Bible gives us an example to follow in such situations. The people of Jeremiah’s day had also departed from their godly roots. The prophet understood that only God could change their hearts and cried out, “Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return; renew our days as of old” (Lamentations 5:21).

The reason for our country’s decay is that we have departed from the one, true God. We have rejected the God of our Founding Fathers.

We need to pray that God will restore us to Himself, just as Jeremiah did. We need to pray that America, starting with ourselves, will turn back to God.

Prayer: God, forgive us for rejecting You. I pray that America will return to her Biblical roots. Use me to bring about repentance and revival in this nation. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).