God has entrusted us with the most outstanding nation in the history of the world. The United States’ freedom, technology and wealth have enabled the dissemination of the gospel throughout the world. For believers to have a cavalier attitude toward the moral freefall that threatens our future is both spiritually naïve and a terrible stewardship of the blessings our forefathers passed down to us.

Jesus warned His disciples that following Him would put them in conflict with the culture. He said things like (to paraphrase slightly): “If the world hates me, it will also hate you” (John 15:18); “I did not come to bring peace but a sword” (Matthew 10:34); “I am sending you out as a sheep among wolves” (Matthew 10:16); and, “I will set father against son and… daughter-in-law against mother-in-law” (Matthew 10:35).

That is why our ancestors used to sing hymns that equaled battle cries, singing such refrains as, “A mighty fortress is our God” or “Stand up, stand up for Jesus, you soldiers of the cross.” They understood that Jesus had called them to a battlefield, not a playground. They took seriously Paul’s admonition: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11).

Signing peace treaties

In recent years, many churches have dropped all images of war in favor of a peace treaty with the world. We speak of Jesus as a healer and leader, but not Lord and King. We shout grace, whisper repentance and make inordinate attempts to ingratiate ourselves with those who oppose us. We retreat into silence in the face of horrendous evil and hope it will all go away.

Do you suppose our children and grandchildren will one day ask, “Where were you when America lost the cultural war? What did you do when the world approved cohabitation, same-sex marriage, the proliferation of pornography, abortion on demand, and the teaching of evolution as the source of life in public schools? Did you stand up and fight when the anti-God forces insisted on removing any reference to God and the Bible from the public arena?”

How will we answer when those questions come? Will we excuse our silence by saying, “We didn’t feel like it was our role to clean up the marketplace”? If that were God’s response in Jonah’s day, He would not have insisted that Jonah go to the pagan city of Nineveh and warn them to repent or face destruction. If Jeremiah embraced a passive philosophy, he would have been a popular prophet instead of winding up knee-deep in mud in a cistern.

Avoiding involvement

Will we explain our failure to get involved by saying, “Our ultimate hope is to win people to Christ, so we focused on building up the church”? Or will we say, “We didn’t want the church to have a negative image in the community so we emphasized only what we’re for”?  If John the Baptist had that philosophy he would never have confronted King Herod’s immorality and got himself beheaded.

Will we try to explain our passivity by saying, “I believed in the separation of church and state. Christians should not get involved in political battles so I remained neutral”? If that had been Christ’s approach, He never would have said, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13) or, “Blessed are you when people insult you (and) persecute you” (Matthew 5:11). If Dietrich Bonhoeffer had that philosophy, there would be no books haling him as a courageous Christian martyr for opposing Adolph Hitler.

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