When the last election results became final, I began mourning for this nation. It is no longer the America that I grew up in back in the ’40s, ’50s and early ’60s. We have abandoned God. No, we have driven Him out of our nation and its culture.
This past election was a marker. In it we chose to accept gross corruption, immorality and a culture of death in the promotion of abortion. With it, we have now made the abandonment of God the official proclamation of our nation. Witness the now infamous voice vote at the Democratic National Convention over whether to put God in their platform or not. We have turned against God’s people, Israel. We have chosen the lie instead of the truth. This nation is on the path of judgment from God. He has given America over to its sin and He has told us so, using those whom He has appointed to tell us. (See Romans 1:24 and Amos 3:7)
In Matthew 24:10, Jesus says that many will turn away from the faith. In Luke 18:8, Jesus asks if He will find faith when He returns. But to us Jesus says, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
So, what shall we as believers do with this? I believe that this is a time when God can use us, if we are willing to totally crucify ourselves for His purposes.
Just before Jesus was crucified, He prayed that we would be protected from the evil one. (John 17:5) Will we allow Him to complete the good work that He started in us? (Philippians 1:6) Paul says we do this by working out our salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) If we do this with constant prayer and supplication, the peace and presence of God will always be with us. (Philippians 4:4-9)
In practical terms, what does this mean?
1. Remember God is sovereign and in full control. He is not surprised at all with what has occurred.
2. Recommit your life to Jesus. Be willing to let God clean up every area.
3. Be willing to be crucified in order to be closer to Jesus. James 4:5-10 tells us, if we draw close to Him He will draw close to us.
4. Spend more time in prayer and Bible study. Remember when you were first saved? Don’t run the risk of being deceived, because you are not in the Word.
5. Have an accountability partner and be in the church at least weekly. Satan likes us alone so he can attack us more successfully.
6. Don’t compromise the relationship with Jesus for anyone or anything. In our society, the greatest evil is covetousness. James 4:4 tells us that friendship with the world is hatred toward God. Obviously, none of us here want to be like that.
7. Love others like Jesus loves. He had compassion on people, yet said, “Go and sin no more.” Let God use you to heal people.
8. Pray, pray, pray that god will bring revival to America one more time.
Jesus prayed that we would be protected from the evil one. (John 17:15) He will complete the good work he started in us (Philippians 1:6), but we need to persevere in working out our salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) Then God’s peace and presence will be with us at all times. (Philippians 4:49) That will draw others to Jesus, because they will see Jesus in us. As they are drawn to us, the opportunity to witness will be wide open.
Frank Clark, author of the column “Frankly Speaking,” is a retired Christian school teacher and principal. He has been married for 44 years and is the father of four grown children and 12 grandchildren. His e-mail address is email@example.com.