Many Christians feel as though we have “dodged a bullet” in the recent election. It is true that had the opposite candidate won, the church would have faced difficult times. That candidate had already given the edict that Christian people who did not agree with certain policies would be obliged to change their beliefs and practices to fit in. It has already been forced on Christians in certain court cases that “the price of citizenship” is to abandon Christian principles or else be fined or go out of business. A continuation and broadening of those threats to believers loomed on the horizon with the expected election outcome. But with the present President-elect, those immanent threats are perceived to have waned. However, another and possibly greater threat still exists.
In a past blog post here I wrote that there is “No Shortcut to Greatness.” In that post was this question and follow up:
“Will we as a nation turn from evil? That is the condition on which God will give us His hand of protection against our enemies. If our nation forgets God and maintains its course of embracing evil then we cannot expect the blessing of the Lord. God is not mocked. We cannot expect to return to being a great nation if we do not return to basic goodness…if we would be great as a nation, we must do what it takes to be great. Alexis de Tocqueville is quoted as saying that America is great because America is good, and if America ceases to be good, it will cease to be great.”
In another blog titled “Why Donald Trump Cannot Save America” it was pointed out that no one among men running for office has the ability to do what needs to be done to turn America from certain ruin.
“Who can lead us in such a time? We tend to think that we need a strong personality with power and ability to deal with the enemies at home or abroad. We conjure up a man of great leadership qualities. We think of a man among men. Yet Noah, Daniel, and Job were such men and they would not have saved Israel. Only one is sufficient to save America. His salvation comes not from what we normally perceive as strength but from His moment of weakness.”
Of course the only one who can save this nation is the Son of God. Jesus Christ is our only savior. There is none other. That goes for nations as well as individuals.
America has not had a revival of true religion as a result of this past election. There is just as much sin and evil now as there was before the national vote. It will be a mistake, no rather it could be almost fatal to the nation, for Christians to relax and believe that because of the outcome of the election things will be just fine. That is the danger zone we have now entered. We cannot afford to continue as usual. The nation needs the church to have a revival.
We need a revival of the fear of God. If we really believe the Bible, we should tremble at the awesome words that “the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Ps. 9:17). Do we scorn the protesters who are marching in the streets or do we see them realistically as lost souls on their way to an eternal hell? Consider how people feel who have set their sights on this present world for satisfaction and have held out their socialist vision of this nation as their paradise. They are devastated and without a Friend to go to in their time of disappointment.
I remember in the sixties when protests against the Viet Nam War were happening and thousands were marching on our college campuses. I stood at a window on the second floor of the student union building at Penn State University overlooking the throngs of students as they marched in demonstration of their political and social views. And I wept inside for them. I knew that they were lost. I went to classes with them. They knew almost nothing about the Savior of the world. It was a burden, not of animosity, but of the love of Christ for a dying world that welled up in my heart. That burden moved several of us likeminded students to join together and begin a campus outreach.
As I see the reports of young people protesting in the streets, cutting classes to go to a park to unite with others who are politically disappointed, I recall those days almost fifty years ago and remember the burden. People are lost. People without Christ will be “turned into hell.” Oh for some Christians with a voice who would catch a burden for these who are on the way to certain destruction! We cannot be content to sink back into our pews having just dodged a bullet and allow ourselves and the world to go on un-revived and un-awakened.
It is being reported that suicide hotlines have been jammed after the election. If that is true it shows the true bankruptcy of the minds and souls of a whole generation. If people were lost a half century ago when they hoped for relief through drugs, immorality, and Beatles’ music, how lost is this culture that has been taught and entertained by the living dead of that older generation?
Jesus told us to pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest. Pray for the Lord to raise up young men and women who will see the lost as their harvest field. God did it before. America has a history of revivals and awakenings that have turned the course of this country. But God raised up men and women who had burning hearts. They loved God and they loved sinners enough to tell them the truth and plead for them to flee from the wrath to come.
Do we fear God enough to warn of the judgment to come on every unjustified person, whether religious or pagan? Or are our hearts so cold that we only see a political reprieve and will go on celebrating while lost multitudes languish without God and without hope in this world? (see Eph. 2:12) That is a dangerous place to be. “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1a).
There is a word from the Lord that is double-edged, speaking to the saved and the lost of this day. “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light” (Eph. 5:14). Sleeping believers should awake and arise to do the work of the Lord of the harvest, awakening dead souls to their lost condition and giving them the hope of light in this world and life in the world to come.
We would do well to echo the words of Saul of Tarsus when Jesus confronted him on the road to Damascus. “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”