In this month’s Edition of Decision Magazine [Oct, 2014], Billy Graham called The Nation to prayer! He wrote: “Even though America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were, and as deserving of the judgment of God, God would spare us if we were earnestly praying, with hearts that had been cleansed and washed by the blood of Christ. The problems of the world will never be settled unless our national leaders go to God in prayer. If only they would discover the power and wisdom that there is in reliance upon God, we could soon see the solution to the grave problems that face the world!”
In his October Newsletter, Dr. James Dobson picked up the theme but stopped short of declaring America just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah. He preferred to see it as “sliding in the same direction.”
Which is it? Graham is an Evangelist, in the mold of the old evangelists who called sin, sin! Dobson is a psychologist who preaches. There is a significant difference in the way they look at people and at life situations.
I believe Dr. Dobson to be a sincere Christian man. I believe he has done a lot of good in focusing on The Family, for so many years. However, he is not a Theologian; he is not oriented toward the fundamentals of biblical doctrine; he is a fellow-travelor with all sorts of people, claiming to be Christian.
America is not sliding toward godlessness, she is already there! Any objective evaluation would reveal this unhappy circumstance. However, such sentiments do not appeal to the majority of church-folk. They see nothing wrong with the Contemporary Church Movement. They see nothing wrong with the often heretical and mostly emotional preaching of the majority of popular preachers, today. They see nothing wrong with trying to rescue the culture through Christian Movies, rather than Biblical Preaching. Those who sound a Clear Call to Repentance are branded as Negative!
This Culture has Killed The Family! Debauched Our Children! Destroyed The Rule of Law! Overthrown Our Christian (or, at least biblical) Heritage! Outlawed Objective Truth! Silenced God In The Workplace, The Marketplace and The Church! But the culture is not lost, just hidden from view?
There is, in America today, a strong sense of Denial. Many refuse to acknowledge this reality, by not watching or listening to The News. “The News Is All Negative,” they cry. While that’s true, that’s what News is! That’s what News has always been! It tells you what’s been going on in the world, while you were busy doing other things. It doesn’t tell you about all the new recipes that came available, it tells you what terrible things have happened, so you will not be ignorant and vulnerable. It tells you where the battle is being fought.
But, knowledge Is Power! If you don’t Know, you won’t Act! Or, you won’t Act properly! To say “America is headed toward depravity,” is to offer hope. To say America is gone is to give into despair? No! To know the Truth is to accept reality and do what really matters instead of what you think really matters.
The hope, however, is where it has always been: with The Lord! Two hundred and (almost) forty years of American Prosperity has dulled our senses and nullified our Faith! The average American doesn’t need God! We have our Social Security; our Pension Plans; our Medicare; our Welfare; our Aid-To-Dependent-Children, and much more! We have HOPE that this election will change the complexion of Congress and they will change things!
Can you say Pollyanna? These are pipe-dreams! The average Conservative, today, is a 1960’s Democrat! The Republicans won’t repeal Obamacare! They won’t do what’s necessary to protect our borders! They won’t go back and set things right, in any number of areas! They’ll work from where they are and with what they have, to further their own purposes, which is largely to get re-elected by a morally bankrupt electorate.
To get back to Basics, we would need to throw out 2/3 of our current laws and more of our current policies. Our Government — liberal AND Conservative — has been robbing us for almost a century, by degrading our currency! They have ALL contributed to the Destruction of the Family! They have ALL aided the enemy of our soul through their acceptance of psychotropic drugs and speculative therapies!
How do you recover from 5 or 6 generations of dysfunctional families? A dysfunction which has been deliberate, contrived and funded by change-agents who hate the Traditional Family Structure simply because it reflects God. Change-agents who hate Objective Moral Standards, simply because it reflects God. Change-agents who refuse to call sin, sin, simply because….well you know.
What’s a Bible-Believing Christian to do? Answer: Pray!
Pray and thank God that His Word is True: He prophesied this very situation.
Pray and thank God that it won’t be long: These are the Signs of the Times.
Pray and thank God you can see it for what it is: your spirit is not dead.
Pray and ask God to for wisdom: how do I respond to these circumstances?
Pray and seek God’s mercy: for the part we played in allowing this to impact our life and family.
Pray for the leadership God raises up, this next election cycle: these are His choices, not ours.
Pray that more folks would be saved! God’s Spirit is not yet done, or we wouldn’t be here!