So Solomon finished the Lord’s temple and the royal palace. Everything that had entered Solomon’s heart to do for the Lord ’s temple and for his own palace succeeded.Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him: I have heardindividualistsand have chosen this place for Myself as a temple of sacrifice.If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the grasshopper to consume the land, or if I send pestilence on My people,and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.My eyes will now be open and My ears attentive to prayer from this place.And I have now chosen and consecrated this temple so that My name may be there forever; My eyes and My heart will be there at all times. – 2 Chronicles 7:11-16 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2Chronicles7:11-16&version=HCSB
So the cure for the American malaise is to be humble, pray, and seek God’s face. In other words, we need to include God in our plans. Even more, we need to ask Him what His plans are and then make our plans conform to His. Therein lies the problem. We Americans are rugged individualists who like to pretend that we can control our own destiny well. We do not want to submit our wills, our plans, our lives to the One who created us, sustains us, and who knows us fully and completely. Why wouldn’t you want to have your life conform to the plans of Someone who always has your back?