I spent the first half of my professional life in politics and public service. When I was in the White House, I was a complete secularist and confirmed conservative; and though I didn’t know it at the time, I was also a social utopian. I really believed that people could be changed by government being changed. I never looked beyond the structures and the institutions and the legislation into the hearts of people.
But when I became a Christian, I gained a new perspective on the actual influence political structures have over the course of history. I began to see that societies are changed only when people are changed, not the other way around.
The crisis is not political; it is moral and spiritual. And so is the solution. That’s why Christians are the only ones who can offer viable answers.” Charles Colson, the preface to Against the Night, 1989, Vine Books.
The above moved me when I first read it in 1989 and still moves me to tears and serious prayer. The theme of learning to live effectively in The New Dark Age, is now 26 years in the mix and Colson’s book is near like one of the Prophetic books in the Bible. As I look around it is growing ever darker. The scandals and war drums of 1989 appear as child’s play when compared to the ever increasing dangers we face daily. Christians seem to be in a Pre-WWII malaise, feeling something terrible may happen, but not ready to muster the moral courage to name it and began to deal seriously with it. Terror is gripping much of the world, yet many of our leaders, in all fields, have yet to move from, “I don’t feel so good about this or that,” to a concrete resolve to seek God’s face in repentance and a courageous faith to walk closer with Christ.
The absolute refusal to acknowledge the underlying religious nature of the current conflict is simply taking up residence in the river of denial. Refresh your history button and recall the underlying driving force of the Nazi monsters was occult religion. We now face a more fervent religious fanaticism unlike any seen before in the history of the world.
A weak, flaccid faith, sans the Resurrection of Christ, with no Virgin Birth and no miracle, is no match for the insidious Saracen murderers assaulting Christendom, the correct name for Western Civilization. A rampant Anti-Judaism and Anti-Christianity is raging not only in the Mid-East, but all around the world, including our beloved America. It was much the same in the 1920-30’s. And then God in His mercy woke up a sleeping society early on the morning of December 7, 1941. What on earth, or from heaven, is it going to take in our day?
To answer, I suggest nation/church wide serious prayer with the majority of God’s people beseeching God for His intervention in our selfish, carnal hearts, for cleansing and true revival. We must grow in grace from political solutions to God’s plan.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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