You don’t have to be Amish to believe the American trajectory is dramatically awry. We’re flirting with disaster in every major category: money, sexuality, family, morals, marriage, sanctify of life, privacy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion. Our inalienable rights don’t seem so inalienable these days. High debt, high divorce, shrinking equity… okay, now I’m officially depressed.
I would like to go on record to say THERE IS NO POLITICAL ANSWER to what ails our land.
Please don’t get me wrong. I believe in the political process; I have strong views. Followers of Jesus should be salt and light. That means voting. That means exercising our freedoms in the public sphere. That means speaking up and getting involved. God calls some Christ-followers to political careers. I support you and applaud you.
I just don’t believe that you will fix what’s wrong with our land. You’re part of the solution, but you’re not foundational to it. Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or Green. God bless you, but my hope is NOT in you.
Blessed is the nation, God promises, WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD (Ps. 33:12).
So we have to ask how to flesh that out. How do we live day by day respecting the Lordship and Leadership of our Great God? How do we bring down the blessing of God?
The church is the hope of America.
The church, fulfilling her divine mandate: making disciples. The church, bringing honor to Jesus’ name. The church, teaching her people to walk in biblical holiness. The church, bringing light to the nations and healing to the world.
In Leviticus 26, God promises increasingly severe discipline for his nation when it departs from God’s ways. This discipline culminates in NATIONAL DISINTEGRATION. Is that possible for America? What do you think? Other republics have disintegrated from within… Here’s the warning:
38 You shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up. 39 And those of you who are left shall waste away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; also in their fathers’ iniquities, which are with them, they shall waste away. (Leviticus 26:38, 39, NKJV).
Here’s my hunch: we’ve coasted for over 200 years on the blessings of our founders… and maybe some periodic spasms of godliness. We’ve rested on past laurels in terms of: Freedom. Liberty. Property Rights. Judeo-Christian ethics.
Now, however, we’ve lost momentum. We’ve come to a screeching halt. Our blessings from the past are over.
We’re on our own.
What will it take to restore our land?
40 ‘But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me, (Leviticus 26:40, NKJV).
2. Jesus followers like me and you walking in GRACE-ORIENTED HOLINESS
14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, NKJV).
Grace-oriented holiness is the crying need of our day. Legalism will not bring down the blessing of God! We need holiness by grace.
I wrote the Inner Mess book (hey, why not buy a few copies?, click HERE) precisely because I think we’ve grown weak in holiness. We’ve transmogrified life with God into a grueling, white-knuckled, legalistic DUTY. The post-salvation Christian life has devolved into something WE DO BY OUR POWER… when all along, a life that pleases God must flow from HIS POWER… Christ in you, the hope of glory.
God never expects the world to act redeemed. He does, however, expect the church to act redeemed. We, in the CHURCH, are the key. We are the answer. We are the hope of America. We are the hope of the world.
A few houses ago, I lived in a subdivision that required a green lawn within the first year of moving in. I had an odd-shaped, triangular, CORNER lot with a super-long 10′ wide parkway (that’s the grassy space between the street and the sidewalk; mine was all dirt). So, I tilled and seeded the parkway.
That’s when the worst DROUGHT in a decade hit. Ha ha, God. I bought what seemed like miles of garden hose, and a robotic sprinkler that crawled across the super-long, skinny area.
My little sprinkler ran night and day. For weeks. I got maybe 10% germination, and a wimpy, gnarly lawn. I simply could not put down enough water fast enough to activate the life of the seed.
Then God sent the rain. God did in a day what I couldn’t do in weeks of sweat and labor.
So it will be when God restores the United States of America. Not our activity, not our programs, not our strategies, not our declarations — even at their best — can turn the tide. But God can… in a heartbeat.
Lord, revive your church!
In the first two Great Awakenings in America, God reversed generations of social and financial ills. Those revivals radically altered the direction of our nation.
My prayer is that God will do it again.
Child of God… it’s your patriotic duty to keep maturing in God and his Word. Grow deep. Grow strong. Reach out in his love… in that order. 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18, NKJV).
Pastor… it’s your patriotic duty to teach and preach and lead for maturity, and to create a tribe deep and strong in God’s grace, and God’s Word. 32 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. (Acts 20:32, NKJV).
Church… it’s your patriotic duty to be the people of God. That’s how we will bless the world. That’s how we will bless the God who loved us, and gave himself up for us.
And that’s how God will bless America once again.