|Graham on his "Decision America 2016" tour|
Unfortunately, the answer to our troubles will not be found in politics, and specifically in neither major political party. We have a spiritual problem, whether anyone wants to admit it or not. In fact, just as Graham expressed at a recent rally, "The moral and political walls of our country are crumbling... Our educators and our politicians and our churches seem, many times, to be more concerned about political correctness than God’s Truth and Righteousness."
Graham points to Godlessness as the culprit. He points out that our nation was built on Biblical principles, and we have strayed from them -- and he especially identifies the time period after WW II and the successful battle to defeat the threat of Communism. But I believe the spirit of Godlessness began far earlier than that. And if you ask my husband, he will tell you that he believes that from the beginning, the Founders didn't do enough to establish this as a God-fearing nation; allowing Freemasonry to co-exist alongside Christian values in shaping the foundation and direction of our country.
This is a different topic for a different day -- actually tomorrow, I will attempt to examine this paradox further. But let me just wrap up this point by saying my personal view is that God intended for this nation to be dedicated to Him; and those who first settled here believed that they were doing so as part of a covenantal relationship with God, and with clear intentions to glorify Him in the advancement of the Christian faith. The fact that it quickly got off track does not negate the original plan. But more on that tomorrow... back to the appropriateness of Franklin Graham's call to action.
He asserts that it is time Christians get in the game; to run for office, to vote, to pray for our country, and to get involved in our education system, and every avenue of society. “Our job as Christians is to make the impact of Christ felt in every phase of life—religious, social, economic, and political,” Graham continued. I agree! Where are the Christians who are willing to declare and live their faith as mayors, city council members, county commissioners, judges, school board presidents?
In fact, in an attempt to overcome the growing secular mindset of this nation, Graham has gone so far as to prevail upon all Americans to take a pledge honoring God at home (by living biblical principles through marriage), in public (by standing for biblical principles and serving those in need), and with their vote (by supporting candidates who uphold biblical principles). He also asks Christian Americans to pray fervently and faithfully for America, agreeing to register to vote and to prayerfully consider running for office.
While I agree that if every Christian in America was faithful to fulfill all the aspects of this pledge, we would begin to see a difference in the cultural and political spheres of our nation, I believe that our commission from the Lord goes beyond these measures.
At a recent discussion in the awesome Ladies Bible Study that I attend, the subject came up of discipling Christians; that, as the Church, we Christians don't do enough to guide and counsel new members of the faith in the way of Godly living --- which, I think we would all agree, would greatly strengthen the Church. But I would to add to that my fervent belief that we need to not only educate, encourage, and strengthen the Church; but we need to introduce those outside the Church -- those "of the world" -- about Godly living and their need for a Savior. THAT is how we change and revive our nation! I contend that it is precisely because we Christians have tended to concentrate our efforts inside the four walls of the Church that our nation and the world has gotten into such a big mess.
My husband and I have been meeting and talking with several people in our home who are like-minded about the state of the world, and have expressed their innate sense that they need to get right with God in the midst of this chaos. But they would never have been comfortable in approaching a church; nor would the church have had any viable way of coming into contact with them... the two groups were on isolated and parallel paths, and were never going to intersect.
If we are going to truly avert the dangerous course this nation is set upon, we Christians must engage with the world. We must leave our comfort zones and "church bubbles", as a good friend of mine describes it, and be bold in sharing our faith in every circumstance and to every person, in order to attract those who "sitting the fence" and who are capable of making a decision for God. We all know that there are those who have committed their lives to evil or whose spirit is just dead within them; they have no desire for God.
But I promise you there are millions who long for Him, but just don't know how to go about it, or who feel they might be embarrassed in a "formal" Church setting, so they never pursue it on their own. It is up to us to pursue them! We are all spirit beings, and as we grow closer in our spirits to the Lord, we will be able to discern those whose spirits are in need of Him, and we will be drawn to them. Just think ... if every Christian made it his pledge to God to seek after one lost sheep to bring them into the fold ... can you envision how that would begin to change this nation?
So, I applaud Franklin Graham for his efforts to wake up America to our shared plight. Our fall cannot be fixed politically or by political correctness. BUT, we can begin to turn towards God and blaze a new trail of American commitment to our Creator. It's time we take that path ... we MUST take that path... before it is too late! C'mon, Christians ... get in the fight, because we are in a battle for our nation and the eternal lives of millions!
Isaiah 6:8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”