This article is intended for brothers and sisters in Christ, for we know that those who oppose Christ will by necessity view our Faith as foolishness, just as scripture states:
18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise
and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”
20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. 21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. 22 It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. 23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.
24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.
The United States is turning away from and against the Lord more and more on a daily basis. We need only peruse the daily news feeds to see evidence of it. Not that we were ever a Christian nation, but we as a nation did once hold mostly to Christian ideals. We see a daily rejection of such ideals now, in line with the following scripture:
20 What sorrow for those who say
that evil is good and good is evil,
that dark is light and light is dark,
that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
21 What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes
and think themselves so clever.
22 What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine
and boast about all the alcohol they can hold.
23 They take bribes to let the wicked go free,
and they punish the innocent.
We live in what is known as the Age of Grace, which is the time period between Jesus' resurrection and his return in judgment, but sin still has its consequences, and we as a society are clinging to sin in all its forms, embracing it more day-by-day. We must understand that most in the US are fallen, servants of the flesh, rather than servants of Christ. Why do I draw such a black-and-white picture? Jesus did:
30 “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.
Jesus left no room for middle-ground there.
I don't think our nation will survive much longer, and I take no pleasure in such an assertion. I served over 22 years in uniform, and I've no wish to see it crumble beneath the weight of its collective sin. That stated, It is likely coming - and soon. I can't control that, and neither can you. What we as Christians can do is to pray and (through the help of the Holy Spirit) set examples to those who are perishing in their sin of what followers of Christ should be.
So, what should a follower of Christ look like? We don't have to dig very deeply. Jesus told us:
15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.
And what are Jesus' commandments?
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. 35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
And who is your neighbor, and how should you treat him or her?
29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins,[e] telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’
36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
It is important to keep in mind that while we who live in the United States are Americans, we are first and foremost servants of Christ, and our citizenship is not of this world. Make no mistake - persecution is coming, and the church will likely be driven underground sooner than many think.
Already we can see stories of organizations attempting to classify Christians as bigots, shunning and ostracizing us from "regular" society because of our beliefs. We are but in the beginning, with conditions being set for overt persecution later.
Expect it! Jesus told us it would happen:
9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. 10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.
We see sin rampant everywhere, the love of many has grown cold, and Christians are hated everywhere - and in places like the Middle East and China we are arrested and killed. Now is the time to stand strong in the faith. More trials will come, and we will be called out more and more on our Faith. While the United States will go the way of all nations throughout history, Jesus has this to say of the church:
18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, I would encourage you to pray daily for our nation, begging the Lord to remain merciful even in the face of our nation's growing sin. Read, re-read, re-read, and meditate upon the Bible, daily. We are told in scripture that the Word is our sword of spiritual armor. We must keep it sharpened, by studying the Word and meditating it on a daily basis. Ask the Lord to convict our national leadership in spirit. Pray for those who mock and persecute the church. And know that in the end, Jesus has already won the war.