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The temptation is strong for us to think that if we can just get "our man" or "our woman" in the White House, he or she will restore our nation to spiritual strength and vitality.
I'm reminded of what Chuck Colson once said, "The kingdom of God will not arrive on Air Force One no matter how good the president’s character or great his ability. Don’t get me wrong: Elections are important; the law is a moral teacher. But all the laws and political victories will not help us if we lose the culture. Our job is the same no matter who is in office: that is, to make serious disciples and to bring Christian truth to bear in all of life.”
Isn't it fair to say that we followers of Christ have, in Colson's words, "lost the culture"? We have not been the salt and light to preserve our nation. We have more been influenced by our world than we have influenced our world for God. Pastor Erwin Lutzer was right when he said, "Perhaps the church doesn't suffer for the sins of the world as much as the world suffers for the sins of the church."
The fundamental problem of our nation is selfishness, me living for me and you living for you. So how do you cure selfishness? Pass a law making it illegal? Of course not. We need heart change. And that takes Jesus Christ working in and through us.
Imagine how things would be different in our cities and nation if every follower of Christ had the attitude of Jesus expressed in Mark 10:45,"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many."
You want to fix our nation? Then consider this: politics/government is a lagging indicator of the health of our culture. Our culture, in turn, is a lagging indicator of the health of the Church in America. In the words of Columnist Cal Thomas, “Without revival of God’s people, major political change is impossible; with revival, major political change is inevitable.”
Yes, our ONLY hope for healing for America is revival of the church leading to major spiritual awakening of our nation. While God, in His sovereignty, determines the when and the how of revival, our part is to unite in desperate, humble, and repentant prayer. And obey what He calls us to do in the power of the Holy Spirit.
He is the executive director of The Grand Awakening.