“So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15 (NLT)
In 1991 I preached a message to the church I was serving. It was near Independence Day. I said this about our political roots:
We were founded as a Democracy, based upon the basic Judeo-Christian model of Holy Scripture; we have been called a Christian nation - Our pledge of allegiance even says we are one nation under God. But we are no longer a Christian nation.
There are some looks you never forget.
At the sound of my words, one lady had the look of someone who'd been shot between the eyes. She didn't move the rest of the service, deep in thought. After the service she came to me and said, Oh, Pastor, are we not a Christian nation anymore? What are we? I gently placed my hand on her shoulder and said, Dottie, we are a secular nation. She thought a minute, and then asked, When did it happen? Nobody told me.
Friends - it matters little when, why, where and how our worldview changed from humbly bowing before God to bowing before the altar of political correctness, polls and secular humanism. It matters little what the final outcome is in the Electoral College.
What does matter is that America has largely ceased to be good - we have ceased to be aflame with passion for righteousness; we have become steeped in the stench of passionate personal desire and selfishness.
Only a return to Jesus can put our nation and world in a position to let God do the fixing! Our nation must return ONE PERSON AT A TIME, beginning with me!
And if there are enough individual believers who will make that choice, together we can exert the influence of a holy and righteous God towards this nation, that our destiny might not take its place with Sodom and Gomorrah.
As we turn together to Him, the promise from Jesus is that He will not turn us away. The Father promises - and His promises don't whither or fade - they're forever!
Just like me, you cannot control the actions of a single other person on this planet, much less the course of an entire nation. But we can be faithful.
Walk with Christ today; be the change someone needs to see.