Friday, January 13, 2012
A remedy for a decaying society
Many well intended people have been writing me asking what they can do to effectively change the direction of this country. They often enumerate all the work they are doing seemingly to no avail. Thank you for writing, and please, do not grow weary in what you are doing. I do believe, however, that we as Christians and as Christian Americans are needing to take stronger action. We cannot put our trust in organizations that have no strong religious and moral base. The start of anything lasting must have the Lord's hand on it. But this is a real problem in America because people run from anything Christian or smacking of Christianity--it is a real testimony to our job as evangelists over the past 40 years (and not a good one).
There are reasons why our country is headed in the wrong direction. The pulpit has been milk toast for so long that the flock has no idea what it really means to be a Christian and to behave like one. Preachers and teachers have been making Christ what man wants him to be instead of what he is. This is a real threat to true salvation as deception is rampant. Additionally, most people are so busy living day to day life that they have no interest in or the extra energy it takes to study the Bible on their own or to actively pursue righteousness and justice in society. It could be laziness, selfishness, apathy or just being too busy, but whatever the reasoning, the outcome is what we have as a society today.
We complain about the election system--that our choices are between the lesser of two evils. We, however, shun the process of initially selecting those candidates from the actual caucusing and primary processes, neglecting that the very first step in vetting and qualifying good candidates to stand for office--"able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness (Exodus 18:21)." And who among those would even want to put themselves in the public arena? The bias and the scrutiny of the news media and of fellow American opponents twisting good things and turning them into evil is allegorically akin to having your family watch you being slaughtered by a gladiator or the lions in the ancient coliseums.
It is fast coming to the point where we Christians, as a people group, will be faced with a decision similar to that of Peter and the Apostles in Acts 5:29: "We ought to obey God rather than men." We are fast approaching the day when we are either going to publicly, through some form of civil disobedience, have to take back our society, or submit to the realization that we have lost it. But before we do anything, we need to understand who we are in Christ, who is the real Christ (not what men have made Christ through extra-biblical, self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing, emotionalism), repent from our adultery and idolatry, and seek God's true heart for our salvation and the direction of our nation.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!