What role should Christians play in the shifting of moral and ethical behavior in America? The immediate response of “label” wearing Believers is to bend their knees and ask God to intercede. What that approach fails to take into consideration is that God has trained us to rely on His Word by acting on His Word. To ask God to do things He has authorized us to do shows Biblical ignorance. To claim Old Testament situations as a working model for today is a misunderstanding of Scriptural intent. To stand back and expect God to part our “Red Sea” or to stand before a problem and claim “the battle is the Lord’s,” borders on an unbiblical interpretation.
Some Believers stand on the “rapture runway” believing that when things get too bad, they will be caught up to be with the Lord. As a result of their snatching away theories, they feel there is nothing to do but “misquote” Scriptures and look upward.
Still, other Christians enter the arena and spew negatives about the instigators of rebellious behavior. Their purpose is to expose the flaws of the opposition and to demonize those that are in conflict with their own beliefs. Much of the information that Christians pass on to other Believers is based on inaccurate reporting. The social media are alive with inaccurate verbiage which people pass on as fast as their fingers can hit the keys. Christians proclaim that America is losing its way. There is no challenge to that belief, but it can also be said that the Christian community is losing its way! For the Christian community to be effective, it has to return to the basic principles of God’s Word. We are called to be positive, not negative. We are summoned to let our light shine, not to conceal it. (Matthew 5:16) We are directed to lift up, not tear down. We are commanded to love, not hate. We are to encourage, not discourage. We are not to dwell on the bad but on the good. We are not to limit our eyesight to what we see, rather expand our vision to what can be seen through faith. We are called to be peacemakers, not just peacekeepers! (Matthew 5:9)
God has everything under control, but His control is displayed through His people. Instead of waiting for God to do something, it is time for Believers to live what they confess. Jesus gave us two commandments that summarize what the behavior of a follower should be: to love God with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength; and to love their neighbor as themselves. (Mark 12:30, 31)
During this country’s identity crisis, let every Christian live according to Biblical principles. What a time to be alive, for the “fields are ripe for the harvest.” (John 4:35) Let us live by Jesus’ commandments and see the power of God released! Every Believer needs to take a dose of I Corinthians 15:58 at least three times a day to help them stay focused on their role as a follower of Jesus Christ. Fill up with the Word, live by the Word, and then see what God will do through us!