But over the weekend I felt myself changing positions, so to speak; actually being moved in thought and spirit to a new vantage point from which to view our difficult plight. Maybe it was the fact that, on Saturday night, I finished leading a year-and-a-half group study on the Book of Revelation, and saw "the Big Picture" in a clearer light. This was followed by the Sunday morning declaration of my Sunday School teacher that "America is done!" Perhaps it was because I realized that he spoke not of a mere political or social or economic condition, but of a Spiritual decline.
Don't worry! I am not going to quit commenting on what I see happening to this country that I love so much, or offering solutions to bolster your preparedness. We have to live here and our situation cannot be ignored. But it is so much more apparent to me that there is no political solution to what ails us. We cannot be healed by a different leader from the other political party; or even a third party! There is no difference between them! It matters not whether a Democrat or Republican is in office. Indeed, it was a Republican-appointed Supreme Court (under President Eisenhower) that first took God out of the classroom in 1962. It was a Republican-appointed Supreme Court (under Richard Nixon) who gave us Roe vs. Wade and the permission to legally kill our unborn children. And it was a Republican-appointed nominee (Sandra Day O'Connor under our beloved conservative Ronald Reagan) who cast the deciding vote, allowing the Ten Commandments to be removed from the Courthouse. So much for putting our faith in a political party or movement! And that's the problem!
What we need to come to terms with is this .... Our beloved land is sick in its soul and there is only one cure for that. It is not worshipping a political savior! But sadly, we have fallen short on fulfilling that potential, too. You see, not only do we not find salvation or deliverance through our political institutions or system, but our faith and the Church have been compromised, too. I'm sure I will be soundly condemned of blasphemy and heresy, but it just became so transparent to me in the last couple of days.
Think about it! The Church, in its unfounded fear of losing its 501(c)3 status has strayed from teaching Biblical Truth and become comfortable in teaching a gospel of prosperity and grace. After all, any mention of Judgment and the pews are empty and the coffers are bare. So the pure doctrine of the Bible is watered down and compromised, while acceptance of gay marriage and abortion are tolerated and promoted in the hopes that they will garner votes.
I am going to go out on a limb here. I believe that many Christian voters held their nose and voted for Mitt Romney, despite their reservations about his Mormonism and the conflict they felt with their Christianity. Even Billy Graham's website wiped clean any mention of Mormonism as a cult, as the Evangelical voting bloc sought all possible ways to both avoid offending anyone, and eliminating any Biblical objection to voting for their candidate. Biblical Truth was compromised for votes.
COMPROMISE is the acceptance of lower standards. And I venture the opinion that as Christians and Americans, we have compromised our very souls. The Church is losing its influence as more people claim they have no room for religion in their lives; while the number of those who find their faith challenged is also climbing. When the Truth is diluted and the power of the Gospel's message is weakened, it leaves people feeling empty and misguided. Believers begin questioning the value of faith in their lives. That is what has happened in this country. The Truth has been lost and Compromise is killing our faith!
If America is to find her way back to her purpose, we as a nation and a Church, must return to the Truth. All compromise and deception must be removed. I recently read a devotional on a prayer website that stated, "We are not insignificant pawns, subject to the whims of politicians, but powerful servants to the will of our God." Did you get that? I am a citizen of the Kingdom of God FIRST, and that is where my allegiance should lie. So I ask you .... Are you ready to become powerful? Not in the sense of the world, but through the Spirit of God? And are you willing to stand for God's Truth instead of a "Gospel Lite"? I believe our Salvation and our Survival depend on it!
I have heard it said, who you are does not depend on your circumstances. It is your circumstances that reveal who you really are. And I think we can all agree that our circumstances are pretty dire. But I no longer want to be identified by my political party or my social leanings. I am a child of God, seeking to serve Him and fulfill His purpose for my life. I know I am here, at this time, for a specific purpose. My hope is that I will hear His call on my life, see the Truth in the world around me, and share it with you. I now know there is no political Salvation, and my Survival depends on a different kind of election .... my election to an eternal relationship with the True Savior of the world. That's what I wish for you.
Isaiah 65:1-3 "I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’ All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations— a people who continually provoke me to my very face ..."