A few days ago, I was talking with the Youth Director at the church where I serve as the Business Administrator. In the midst of our conversation, he said, ”You know, just because something is good, doesn’t mean it’s good and right.” “How true,” I replied. And we went on with our day.
As I thought about that statement later, I realized that we Christians have slowly allowed our eyes, our hearts, our minds to be deceived—a deception so subtle we were unaware of what was happening. We heard the message over TV, read it in magazines–“If it’s good, then it’s right. If it doesn’t hurt anyone else, then, it’s okay.” Many of us looked at situations that we knew went against our Christian beliefs, but we said to ourselves, “What can I do? I’m just one person.” And over time, the little things we allowed, snowballed, until we now live in a nation that is no longer recognized as a Christian nation, not only by many Americans, but also by other countries. In fact, there are more missionaries sent to America from other countries than at any other time in history. (And many of those missionaries are not Christians…) I do acknowledge there are thousands of Christians who did not allow themselves to be deceived to this extreme. But the enemy’s deception is so subtle, at some point in our Christian walk, we are easily deceived.
We allowed one person – just one person – to speak her mind and prayer was banned from the schools and all school related activities. Today, we have seen tragedy strike a number of schools in America. Countless schools now have police officers patrolling the school during the day. Some schools have installed security gates, checkpoints, bars on the windows and the doors are locked from the first bell in the morning to the last bell in the afternoon.
We allowed one person – just one person – to sue for the right to abort her child. Since Roe vs. Wade, millions of babies have been aborted. And our country’s slow decline into the self-centeredness of “It’s good…it’s okay. I’m not hurting anyone,” exploded into a hedonistic, “live and let live” generation.
The good news is there is One Person who can save our country. One Person whose heart’s cry is for His children to come back to Him. God makes this point very clear in II Chronicles 7:14: “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
I don’t believe there’s ever been a time in the history of America when this verse was more relevant, more important.