The world is on fire

Published 4:51 pm Monday, April 4, 2016

By Larry Felkins

As I was watching a cable news program this morning, one of the guests stated, “The world is on fire.”

He was referring to the violence and chaos that seems to be growing like a wild fire throughout the Middle East, Europe and even reaching America.



He proposed a military solution. I certainly believe in a strong military and support our brave men and women in the armed forces. However, while in my opinion that is an important piece of the puzzle, it is not enough.

Another guest proposed a political solution. Please forgive my lack of confidence in that recommendation.

Just look at the race for the White House.

One side reminds me of the Three Stooges, and the other side reminds me of Fred and Ethel from “I Love Lucy.”

This is not a presidential campaign, it is a soap opera!

Is there any hope? Yes, but not in military power alone and certainly not in politics. So, where then?

The answer is in the Word of God and the power of prayer. The Bible says, “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 I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land,” 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse says, “America is at a crossroads, and I believe we should take every opportunity to stand up for the things of God and His Word.”

Graham is traveling to all 50 states with his Decision America 2016 Tour, holding prayer rallies.

He is urging Christians to pray for our nation.

The Chilton Baptist Association is sponsoring “Prayer for Schools” on April 3.

We are asking 56 member churches to have a special time of prayer for our Chilton County Schools on that Sunday.

Some will do that in their morning worship service, and others will prayer-walk at their local schools.

The 65th annual National Day of Prayer is on May 5. The theme is “Wake Up America,” emphasizing the need to return to God.

Individuals and groups are being asked to pray for our nation at noon that day.

You may be skeptical. If so, consider everything we’ve tried so far.

How is that working out?

Why not give prayer a chance.

For more information on prayer, visit the Chilton Baptist Association website at and click on CBA News and Pray for America links.

Dr. Larry Felkins is Director of the Chilton Baptist Association. Look for the next installment of his column in a future edition of The Clanton Advertiser.