Whither America in 2004?
Make no mistake about it: America may well be in her final days of freedom. Our generation is like that of Isaiah’s time, asking the prophets to speak smooth things or—to use the apostle Paul’s words—heaping to ourselves teachers who tickle our ears. Any time a true Christian takes a firm and uncompromising stand against Cultural Marxism (aka political correctness) he is charged with being an enemy because he tells the truth. This is an ancient strategy of the devil but it still works with many soft-bellied, deluded souls who cannot tell truth from falsehood.
In modern America the very definition of a Christian has changed. It used to mean someone who trusted solely in Christ and who accepted Christ’s authority over his life. Today it means someone who believes that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice, that government ought to subsidize illegitimate children through welfare payments, that man is the measure of all things, that a woman has the right to murder her unborn child, that government is the answer to our societal ills, and that it’s perfectly OK for bureaucrats to have king-like powers, for Americans to sacrifice their unalienable rights for “security,” or for a one-world government to usurp our nation’s sovereignty and independence. Anyone who thinks otherwise is branded as intolerant, insensitive, homophobic, sexist, racist, or worse.
In this day of apathy and apostasy, we face three possibilities in America. The Lord may return and usher in His kingdom. He may tarry and His judgment may fall upon our unrepentant land (9/11 being only a preview). Or, in His grace and kindness, He may yet allow us to experience a spiritual awakening, a heavenly revival among God’s people. As I see it, the greatest need in America today is for a regenerate church membership. Satan has scored a greater victory through nominal Christianity than with outright persecution. Untold multitudes of unsaved people fill our church pews and claim the name of Christ without ever having experienced the nature of Christ.
Thankfully, our Lord is rallying in the professing church today His faithful few, men like Pastor Chuck Baldwin who mean business—men who are not content to sit in self-righteous isolation but go right back into the world to win others out of it. If the Lord should spare America from judgment another year, it will not be because of most of us—the unfaithful many—but because of men and women like them—the faithful few.
Our problem in America today is that we have become so accustomed to handouts from government that we expect the same from heaven. A superficial religion is the greatest enemy of a serious revival of the heart.
I repeat: America may well be in her final days of freedom unless we who name the Name of Christ repent of our unfaithfulness.
February 12, 2004
David Alan Black is the editor of www.daveblackonline.com. His latest book, Why I Stopped Listening to Rush: Confessions of a Recovering Neocon, will be released this year.