It doesn’t take a genius to see that, as a whole, the fear of God in our nation is pretty low. Even many who claim to believe in God don’t do what He says. I’ve always believed that as the people’s hearts go, so does the direction of our law. Consider what’s happened over the last few decades. Prayer was taken out of schools, and abortion was legalized. Fornication has been allowed for more than a hundred years. Now we’re looking at the homosexual marriage issue and universal healthcare.
It seems strange to me that Christians complain so much about all these things. I’d say that less than half of all American citizens are believers, and majority rules in a democracy, right? It just makes sense that issues like this would be passed. And anyway, even if we win all these political battles, I’m sure it will just infuriate half of the nation against us. What then is the solution? How do “we win”? The answer is, we don’t. God does. Even though the Bible says that the “law” convicts people of their sin, is it talking about our national laws? If our national laws are lenient, will the nation’s morality fall even deeper down the drain? Well, not necessarily. I believe the Bible is talking about God’s law. For example, fornication has been legal in America for many years, but the Bible still convicts people of this sin every day. The mere fact that it’s legal in the USA just means we can’t punish people with our laws. God will still judge.
Here’s what I think. Just restoring the outer shell, the law, the facade of godliness that our nation was built upon 240 years ago, will not change the heart of the nation. Love will. We as Christians have been falling back on the laws of America for too long. We can’t rest on the fact that people will be doing right because the governments says so any more, because the laws aren’t there any more. We have all sinned, and will continue to sin until God changes our hearts.
We have an opportunity in this day. We can live out our salvation with fear and trembling, as living sacrifices to God; live out holiness and righteousness, not with boasting, but with humble hearts; live out the love, compassion, peace and joy of the Lord. Or, we can sit back and let our nation die. If you think about it, we’re in a better situation now than we were before, because just following good American laws wasn’t saving anyone.
This is our test: can we reach out to a dying generation? That next woman at your workplace who is about to abort her child: will you volunteer to adopt it? The next person you see who is sick and without medical insurance: will you rally your church to pay for the surgery? Will you pick up that next hitchhiker, find a home for the next homeless guy? Stop living for your own convenience, and live for others. Shine like a light in this dark world. God commands us to love. Will we love, even if it means pain for us? I hope so, because the love of Jesus is the only hope that this world has.
“For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.””–Romans 13:9