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We can all be a light for Christ right where He has placed us to shine

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.”
(Matthew 5:13, ESV)

I recently read the article “George Barna: America Is Being Destroyed Inside Out” published in the Christian Post. The article quotes George Barna, a Christian pollster and founder of a research group called the Barna Group as saying:

"The enemy of America today is not Iraq. It is not Afghanistan or communism. It is not Somalian pirates. It's the moral degradation and spiritual complacency of Americans... In essence it is the willingness of Americans to become victims of the imposition of values and objectives that defy our common good.”

In the same article, Mr. Barna said that “the deterioration of American society is fueled by the breakdown in leadership and core institutions such as family, government, and education.”

While I agree that America is imploding due to its immorality, I don’t think we can lay the blame at the feet of Americans, but instead we should lay it at the feet of the Church in America, which instead of influencing the nation with godly behavior and implementation of Biblical law and principles in the core institutions mentioned, we are losing our influence and becoming marginalized more and more with each passing day.

It is as though the glory of the LORD is departing our land, and while I pray this is not so, one can certainly understand why He would withdraw Himself from our midst. After all, do we really want to come out and be separate from the world and live lives of holiness? Do we really want to live by the Ten Commandments and work to have local, state and national laws based on God’s Law as found in Scripture?

If so, we need to make some radical changes beginning with personal and corporate repentance for not seeking first the kingdom of heaven. Then we need to begin living all of our life in accordance with God’s Word; we can no longer compartmentalize our Christianity, but instead we need to implement it into every facet of our being, including educating Christian children to have a complete Biblical worldview. Christian parents and churches should make this their top priority by providing support and resources for home schooling or providing their buildings for the use of Christian schools. Parents should not be relying upon the government to provide for their child’s education, but instead they should seek ways to be independent of state schools.

We can all be a light for Christ right where He has placed us to shine, but we must seek His kingdom first and while it may take some hard work and self discipline, the reward of seeing our families, churches, and communities transformed for Christ will be well worth it.


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