Proverbs 22:4 (New Living Translation)
True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus panic that morphed into lock-downs, economic survival, and debates about freedom of religion, I have maintained that the issues we are facing are not merely natural circumstances. The situations we are confronting go beyond merely Republican vs Democrat, America vs China, or conservative vs liberal feuds. The underlying foundation of all of this upheaval is a spiritual battle: the spirit of anti-Christ attempting to push against the spirit of Christ. Now, the recent protests and unlawful rioting and destruction of private property that have resulted from the actions of a former police officer have magnified and amplified the root of the problem. Our greatest problem in America is not race, or class, or gender. Our greatest problem is that our society as a whole has lost the fear of God.
“The root cause of our current issues in America is much bigger than the evils of police brutality; we have allowed a widespread progressive culture to take hold that has abandoned the fear of God.” – Jack Brewer
We live in what I believe is the greatest secular nation that has ever existed. I have been on missions’ trips to countries in Central America, South America, and Africa. My wife has also done missions work in the Philippines. So many of the people in these countries labeled as “Third World” countries suffer ills which most Americans have never seen, let alone experienced. A recent study by Just Facts concluded that if the “poor” in the United States were a nation, then it would be one of the richest in the world. Yet, with all of the status, power, and wealth that we have amassed in this country, we have a festering problem. Our founding fathers recognized that the freedom for which they fought and the republic they gave us could not survive if we forsook Godly principles.
“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” – George Washington
“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” – George Washington
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people … it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Quincy Adams
America is not without its problems. I understand there is injustice in America. I believe that the cronyism and greed of a few have negatively affected all races, classes and genders in America – some obviously more than others. Yet, we have this hatred and bitterness that is bubbling under the surface of our society that is looking for any outlet to explode. How have we become a society with a “hair- trigger” for hate and destruction? Without any doubt in my heart or mind, I believe it is because as a society we no longer desire to acknowledge God. The actions of many of our leaders not only lack mention of God, they seem to willing oppose Him and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“They continuously fight to remove the presence of God from our public schools, never asking for more spirituality … They never mention spiritual reconciliation, instead focusing on dividing people based on identity.” – Jack Brewer
The injustices in our country are not imagined. The fear, the bitterness, and the hatred are real – on both sides of almost every issue. But notice the difference in the current demonstrations when compared to Dr. King’s struggle for civil rights just over fifty years ago. How far we have come, or should I say, how far we have fallen!
“In recent days we have seen youngsters posing in front of a burning building or inflamed police vehicle for a selfie. We’ve watched precious historic churches being vandalized and set on fire. These violent acts let you know that we have embraced a culture that has completely lost its fear of God. Terrorizing the same communities you claim to be standing up for is pure evil. This is much different from when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched for civil rights with his Bible.” – Jack Brewer (emphasis mine)
I believe the current state of our society is one by-product of many Christians no longer placing God first in their lives. We cannot carry devotion to God as additional baggage in our lives and assume everything will simply work out for the best. We must wake up spiritually, pray, and do the things God instructs us to do. We must return to our first love and make Him and His kingdom our first priority.
Revelation 2:4, 5 (New Living Translation)
But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first …