Changing America. Will It Be Through the Gospel, Politics, or Both?
Very few people in our nation doubt that America is in decline and headed in the wrong direction, but the division (especially within the Church) comes when we talk about how to change our nations direction.
Most Christians understand that the surest way to change our nation is to change the hearts of people through the power of the soul-saving gospel. This would then lead those people to be truly politically correct, by being rightly aligned with the Word of God and voting accordingly.
Whether they understand it or not, most Christians then believe that politics has a role to play in changing America. (Politics has certainly played a major role in changing America for the worse.) What many people in the Church are saying is that if we get people saved they will live right and vote right and in return, America will be changed.
I completely agree that would be the ideal answer, but there are a few questions that we need to ask ourselves.
#1. Hasn’t the Church always practiced that view and yet, we see are nation continuing to slip farther and farther away from us?
If we continue with that single minded focus, what is going to be different in the future than what we are experiencing right now?
#2. America is on such a fast track to the point of no return, do we really have the time left to save America by winning one soul at a time?
#3. What about a revival? A true, heaven sent revival would do more in a single day to change America than a generation of preaching and properly training a new generation would do.
Ultimately, revival is our only sure hope of saving our nation, but is waiting for revival all we can do? Will our nation experience the full judgment of God before we are willing to repent and return to Jesus?
#4. Are these the days right before Jesus’ Coming, when the world is to be abandoned to God’s Wrath, or are we just in another cycle of apostasy that we have seen repeated many times throughout history? Times that will eventually correct themselves.
#5. Does it really matter who is running our nation? Did it matter to the world that Hitler rose to power in Germany? Did it matter to Cubans that Castro became the leader of their nation? Certainly it matters. If it doesn’t matter, then why does the Lord tell us in Psalms 75:7 that: “..He putteth down one, and setteth up another”? It matters to the Lord and it must matter to His Church.
These are questions with no clear answers, but because these questions remain, it would seem the best course a Christian can take is a combination of things.
First, we need to redouble our efforts to win as many souls to Jesus as we can. At the same time we must continue to plead for the Lord to send our nation a glorious revival and as always, we need to be looking for the soon return of Jesus for His Church as we are diligently going about doing the Lord’s business.
There are some other things we can do right now as well, things that are sure to have an impact upon our nation.
We who call ourselves a Christian can stand up to stem the tide of evil that is sweeping our nation. The Holy Spirit is the restrainer of the evil one in this age (2 Thessalonians 2:6), but He works through the Body of Christ in whatever He does. Does that not suggest it would be the Lord’s will for His Church to take a stand against evil and those who are attempting to spread it? If we believe the Holy Spirit works through the Body of Christ to spread the gospel, we ought to also believe He works through the Body of Christ to stem the spread of evil.
We can also become involved and be faithful to vote. In our nation half of all who claim to be a Christian are not even registered to vote and half of those who are didn’t even bother to vote in the last Presidential election. Obama would have lost the election if Christians would have just went to the polls and voted. Christians still remain the most powerful voting block in America, if we would just go vote, and don’t attempt to tell me that things would have been no different if Mitt Romney would have won. Things would be drastically different in our nation if anybody would have beat Obama.
If we believe that changing the heart of man is the way to save America, then we should be faithful to vote only for those whose hearts are most closely in line with our Christian values. Christians cannot be voting for those who themselves and whose party are Anti-Christ and then complain about the direction our nation is taking. It is also foolish to believe that the best course for saving our nation is to get men’s hearts right with Jesus and then tell them (and us) to sit on the sidelines and leave the running of our nation in the hands of the politicians whose hearts are not in line with our Biblical values. That is ludicrous!