A couple of Sunday’s ago, a sweet little first grade girl approached me and asked a question that caught me off-guard. After I taught a lesson in Children’s church on the Prophet Elijah, she tugged me on the arm and asked,
“Pastor Bryan, did that story really happen, or is that just a Bible Story?”
This little girl posed a pressing question, one that weighs on the minds of many in the world today. Can the Bible be trusted?
I’d expect that question in pockets of people groups living in remote jungles, but hearing that question from a youngster in the heart of the Bible belt surprised me. But I guess it shouldn’t. Last summer, a mission team canvassed the city in which our Church ministers and discovered that 75% of the community was unchurched. Seventy-five percent!! That means 3 out of every 4 people we see each day fail to darken the doors of a church on Sunday. The seventy-five percent in our town matches the estimated number statewide in Missouri claiming no church affiliation or relationship with Christ.
And we wonder why a culture war rages around us.
Nashville-based Lifeway research asked Protestant pastors the following question:
“Many Christian leaders have talked about society being in a culture war. Regardless of how you feel about that terminology, how would you explain the current situation?”
Seven in 10 say Christians are losing or have lost the culture war.
Though Christians complain about the militant homosexual agenda or abortion rights activists, the true battle waging is for the heart of man. When 75% in the state of Missouri confess no relationship with God, why should we expect that same group to act in a godly manner? Even though I address political issues regularly and believe Christians should vote for those who espouse Biblical values, I’m not naïve enough to believe the culture war will be won in the privacy of a voting booth. The only way to reverse our nation’s course is to see America return to the God of it’s founding.
Where do we start?
The Bible shares the recipe for the healing of a nation. II Chronicles 7:14 says,
“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, will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
Notice God addresses His people, not the atheists, agnostics, or the pagans. Sometimes we as Believers moan and groan about our nation’s path, but is it quite possible we find ourselves “going to hell in a hand basket” because of the lukewarm nature of our Christianity? According to God’s Word, that’s so.
If we care about the future of America, we must seek God humbly in prayer and repent of those behaviors we mislabel as “little” sins. When Christians clean up their act, then God promises blessings. So, America’s greatness, or lack thereof, hinges not upon the next radical policy handed down from godless politicians, but upon a Christian’s willingness to bow the knee to a Holy and Righteous God. Are you ready for real “hope and change?”
Let us pray….