America is entering a defining year. Which way will she go? Will this nation continue down the current path or make some dramatic changes? Much of it will depend upon who is elected president, but there are many more factors involved.
Political correctness and “tolerance” have broken down the clear line between right and wrong, between morality and loose living, and between biblical doctrine and liberal teaching, in a large segment of our society. It has also resulted in less and less freedom for Christians to express and practice their faith.
Then there is the issue of bowing to the LGBT agenda, even among so-called evangelical, conservative denominations. A recent article reads,”Thirty percent of Southern Baptists Accepting of Homosexuality,” including a mega-church in Greenville, South Carolina, that recently voted to ordain gay pastors and perform same-sex weddings. The pastor was quoted as saying, “We need to do the right thing…It’s going to give a space for evangelical gay people to have a place again.” The fact that some religious leaders and churches thought to be holding the line against theological apostacy and moral decline, are now buckling under the pressure of tolerance, shows how low America has fallen. The Bible predicted that this would happen in the end times. It says, “But in the later times some will fall away from the faith…”(I Timothy 4:1), and they “will not endure sound doctrine…”(II Timothy 4:3), “but the one who endures to the end; he shall be saved”(Matthew 4:3).
In addition to homosexuality is the rise of Islam, especially in our public schools. More and more cases are in the news of teachers promoting Islam in the classroom! Not only is it illegal for teachers to take sides with a particular religion in the classroom, but some administrators and school boards are turning a blind eye. This is going on while at the same time Christianity has been kicked out. This is only a small snapshot of what is going on, on the national level. Islam is predicted to become the second largest religion in America by 2040 if things continue as they are, and Washington D.C. is taking the lead. Here is a recent headline: “House Dems Vow To Implement Sharia Law.”
Much more could be said, but there is still a large percentage of Christians who are still living by the truths of the inspired Bible, although that remnant appears to be dwindling. They are not backing down or giving in, but are enduring “sound doctrine.” They are the hope of our nation, standing for the truth of the Gospel. One of the positive signs that America could turn around this year is that people are attending prayer rallies in every state capital, being led by Franklin Graham.
Franklin Graham recently stated,”Our country is in trouble. And to be honest, I don’t see any political solution. The only hope for this country is Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ.” Psalm 33:12 reminds us that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
Does America want to be blessed again? 2016 will be the defining year of whether or not that happens. Which way will she go? What part can you play in helping this nation reverse course and turn back to God?