Hebrews 12:1-2

"..let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." - Hebrews 12:1-2

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Christianity in America

“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes? Jews first and also Gentiles.” - Romans 1:16

I was reading through some online devotionals today and I came across a short piece written by Greg Laurie about Romans 1:16. In it he briefly describes how Christians are portrayed as intolerant and the problem in our culture.

[This]...is so typical of our culture today. You can say anything. You can believe anything. But if you stand up and say there are absolutes, if you say there is right and wrong and the Bible says so, then you are accused of hurting our society. You are the worst possible thing that could happen to our culture. Ironically, the very problems that are the result of society’s rejection of God are then placed at the feet of the Christian, as though the Christian has brought these troubles on our culture.

He continues...

We live in a time when people are standing up for all sorts of causes. We have people standing up for the rights of animals. We have people standing up for the environment. We have people standing up for perverse sexual lifestyles. We have people standing up for everything imaginable, even willing to die for their cause.

Isn't it time that we, as Christians, stand up for what we believe? It’s time to stand up and be counted.

Yes, it is. However, standing up for what we say we believe in usually costs something that a lot of people aren't willing to lose. In those times, we willingly commit sins of ommission by not acting out our faith. If we do not recognize that these moments of inaction are sin and do not feel compelled by the Holy Spirit to action, is it possible that we might not truly be Christians? Is it possible to be a Christian and not have a heart that goes out to the poor, homeless, destitute and feels drawn to some form of action? Is it possible to claim faith in Christ and not have the desire to attempt to live a life that reflects that in our speech? Is it possible to proclaim to be Children of God and still promote sinful activities of the people around us by not speaking out against it in love?

My conclusion and belief is that the majority of people in America who claim to be Christians are, in all actuality, lost and headed to Hell with a Bible in one hand, a cross around their neck and an ichthus on their car. They may know Scripture and they may go to church regularly, but I do not believe that they have placed their faith in God and have chosen to try and live a life that is pleasing to God. If everyone who proclaimed to be a Christian in America were actually a Christian striving to live for God, our nation would not have some of the issues that it finds itself dealing with today. I believe that our nation would look dramatically different if the majority of people were truly saved by God and I think it would be changed if Christians actually started to live out what they say they believe - myself included.

Until that time, I believe that our nation will continue to be One Nation Under God's Judgement...

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