The presidential election of Barack Obama proved one thing… faithful Christians are now the moral minority in the United States.
And we need to embrace our new station in life.
The moral decline of America has been in the works for decades and, though disappointing, it’s not surprising. We have moved from a nation of freedom of religion and expression and opportunity, to one that focuses on lust, envy, greed, revenge and sloth.
God is not a passive father. He’s a merciful and loving father, but he also respects our free will. If we move away from him, he leaves us to our own devices. God is not burdened with nationalities, he is focused on our individual salvation.
We are an openly sinful country. The more we sin, the more we separate ourselves from God and his protective graces. Throughout the Bible, God reminds us that nothing can get between him and us. Not even a nation. If his people Israel were worthy of banishment and slavery, then what makes America any better?
Obama will finalize his “fundamental transformation” of America in the next four years and it will never recover.
- Abortion will never be outlawed.
- Religious persecution and censorship of free speech will continue to grow.
- Christian beliefs will be mocked and chastised and non-Christian beliefs will be embraced.
- Churches will grow more empty and atheism, secularism and materialism will continue to increase.
So, like it or not, America lost its soul November 6th and it will never get it back. Ever. But, what do we do in this new reality? What do we do as the moral minority?
Two things immediately come to mind:
1) We need to live our faith overtly. We can no longer assume that the family next door shares your beliefs as a faithful Christian. Those days are over. Living our faith overtly does not mean being rude or indignant, but visible and consistent.
We can do this in simple ways, like praying before a meal in public restaurants, not loudly or intrusively, but respectfully as we would at home. We should speak up when co-workers or friends speak in ways that offend our faith. Above all else, we should defend our faiths.
In order to do this, we must know our faiths more deeply, be ready to speak of them to those who question or challenge us. We need to be ready to correct their misunderstanding and stand firm in the face of persecution, because it is coming, slowly but surely.
The early followers of Christ were not called Christians, they were called followers of “the Way” because living a Christian life was so different from the rest of the world, that people knew they followed Christ by how the spoke, acted, forgave, gave, cared for others and their compassion.
We need to stand out in society as obvious, humble followers of Christ, so much so that everyone around us knows what we believe.
2) We also need to embrace the fact that we are now the counter-culture and adopt the way Martin Luther King, Jr. pleaded his case in the counter-cultural revolution in the 1960s.
We must be prayerful, peaceful, firm, non-violent, tolerant of persecution, but at the end of the day we must demand our place in the public square, demand our voice be echoed in political chambers and demand that we are not ignored or abused.
Sadly, I believe America is lost. Unless a miracle happens, God’s going to let it fall because it is getting in the way of millions of souls getting into Heaven.
Our job going forward is not to change the nation, we had our chance and blew it. No, our job now is to save souls despite our nation. And we can only do that by embracing our new reality… as the moral minority.