“The current state of politics is a direct reflection of the state of our culture. The current state of our culture is a direct reflection of the state of the church. The current state of the church is a direct reflection of the state of a Christian’s walk with God.”
It’s Election Season 2018. Many primaries have finished, and still more have yet to happen. As is the norm amongst Christians and conservatives, we often look for the candidates who are the most principled, the most eloquent, the most firm in their beliefs. The ones who we know won’t capitulate upon taking office. The ones we know will follow through on their word. As a result, we act upon who we find, sacrificing our time, effort, and money to put those people in office.
But in the greater scheme of things, it would do us well to examine the situation and ask ourselves, “How much can these select people in office change society?” After all, they are elected to government, an acknowledged position of influence in society. Their election and subsequent conduct are also a product of it as well.
The current state of politics, as we all know, is a direct reflection of the state of our culture. As we block-walk, canvass, and fundraise, we attempt to reach the entirety of a voting bloc and convince them to stand behind our campaign. More often than not, most do not, either from the reason of different principles (or lack thereof), a form of ignorance regarding our candidate, or from a sense of apathy, caring not to meddle in one of the dirtiest functions of society.
But it doesn’t stop there. Society has to be influenced by something, and as many a leader has sadly pointed out, it’s not the church that’s doing so. Instead, the world is bombarded with secular messages within music, movies, speech, by other powerful figures and entities, filling the vacuum left by the aforementioned collective in question, turning and capturing their focus, not just for a day set aside for God, but for every fleeting moment the rest of their lives.
So why is it that the church and its teachings are not an effective source of influential morality upon the masses? There are only two options to look to for an answer – the leadership and the congregation. Neither are fully at fault, yet both collectively share in the blame. Is it the worship style? The contemporizing of both song and sermon? For many, admittedly, it is. But unfortunately, even amongst the most conservative of churches, the problem goes much further than this.
Peeling back all the covers, and finally getting to the nut within the nutshell, we find the answer to all the problems of politics, society, and the church – the Christian. It’s not necessarily the amount of personal involvement in the three social aspects that should be the focus, but rather what they are doing on their own. What consumes their every waking moment? Is it the distracting influences of this world? Or is it instead the awareness of a thrice-holy, ever-righteous God? We need only take a glance at the public side of one’s life to accurately guess the answer to this question.
In another century, the secret sins of an individual were looked upon with horror upon conviction, even by their own doer. The acts of repentance and reformation were employed in full sincerity soon thereafter. Alas, for today we not only publicize our trespasses unabashedly, but happily perform them in the streets.
The now-deceased pastor, Adrian Rogers, wrote, “So many times I wonder if oceans of tears and rivers of blood will be the price that this nation pays for flaunting itself in the eyes of a righteous and a holy God…We must recognize that ‘judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?’ (1 Peter 4:17-18) Our beloved nation reeks with humanistic haughtiness. It is time for genuine humility…for America to experience revival, we must confess our sins in prayer and repent.”
The answer to America’s problems isn’t simply some old or new policy that drips conservatism proudly. Nor is it only the election of Godly men and women. The solution to all of the problems our nation faces is the people of God kneeling before the throne of grace whereupon we can plead mercy and grace from the Father above. Only then can true revival be kindled within our nation once more. And only then will the efforts made in other arenas bear fruit.
It is a common understatement to say everything rests upon believers doing this. But the seriousness of the situation cannot be fully expressed in words. And though the gravity of the predicament can lead one to despair, there is hope in the promise of God that He will hear our prayers.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked way; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
The choice is ours – let’s do our part in reviewing our lives, repenting of unconfessed sins, and reforming ourselves to the will of God, that He may heal us, our churches, our society, our government – our nation – once more.
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