America has been established by God as a world power. With that power comes enormous responsibility. As this nation goes, so does the rest of the world. Our influence as a nation has impacted and permeated the culture, psyche and governments of other nations. From the foods we eat, to cars we drive, to the way we do business – even how we worship. Our “fingerprint” can be seen in nearly every country on the planet.
Scripture says “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” (Luke 12:48). Sadly, our culture have become selfish and drunk on the very power we have been called to steward. We have taken the privilege of responsibility and have turned it into a right. We in the American Church have become god in our own mind. We must learn to be humble and be selfless again.
Our responsibility does not stop at the four walls of our churches or even our homes. Our responsibility extends to not only how we treat each other and non-believers alike; but it stretches to the very seat of government itself. The seat of authority is created and chosen by God. Who sits in that seat is chosen by us.
When we as Christians who happen to be Americans, choose our leaders wisely, our communities, regions, and ultimately our nation benefits. However when the choice is made without any research on the candidate’s character and stance on the important issues of our day as well as our diligent consultation of Scripture, the end result will be a collision course with disaster to the point of possibly never recovering. Thus plunging our nation into chaos the likes of third world countries we only hear and read about, but never experience.
Since we as Christians in America are truly the barometer of this nation, it is time for us to stand, speak and ACT. Jesus Himself said, “You are the light of the world”. “A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid”. (Mat 5:14) Light by its very nature exposes what was in darkness. It is our sovereign duty to expose darkness wherever we find it – especially in government. For if judgment must begin in the House of God (1 Peter 4:17), judgment never starts from the bottom up. It is always a top down affair.
Before God ever pronounces judgment on an individual, community, region, or nation, God always looks for repentance first. The measure of repentance is always followed by the measure of action toward that repentance. If there is no action, the repentance was nothing more than a verbal exercise and holds little value. This is precisely the reason why leaders can not quote II Chronicles 7:14, and not have themselves and their congregation take action to hold their elected officials accountable for their actions. As I stated before, God did not put them in office. WE DID.
Jesus talked about the believer being the salt of the earth. He stated, “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men”. Maybe this is why the world wants to stamp out Christianity. Let us examine ourselves and be honest: Have we as Christians lost our savor?