“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age'” (Matthew 28:16-20).

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Some will argue we were never a great country, while others will argue we were never a perfect country. These are arguments that I generally try to sidestep these days, because they frequently get lost in romanticizing some perceived bygone era, and then become a stumbling block. But we are gradually pushing God out of the public conscience. We can, you know; that’s all part of the package with free will; just ask ancient Israel. God is becoming less relevant in our government and our culture. When did God become the problem? Look at all the evils that have filled the void.

Here’s the other side of the coin. Now that the door has been opened, religious liberty is going to be the new battle cry for anything goes, and I’ll be interested in seeing how the Pope Francis’ and Franklin Graham’s of the world respond. How will leaders of other religions respond; we can’t forget about them. Whose God do we want in Oval Office? We desperately need wisdom and discernment to prevail over inflamed carnal passions and political agendas, even if those passions and agendas are well intentioned. Legislating morality is a tricky business, not to mention a slippery slope wrought with all types of peril; therefore, proceed with care. Better that we carry on the business of spreading the Gospel, while dealing with the issues of the day with prayerful consideration and wisdom.

Although we may find our authority eroded and the credibility of our witness compromised, God has given his people a word of encouragement and a promise that transcends time! “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” (2 Chronicles 7:14); God is speaking to his people about themselves. Christ gave all whom belong to him a great commission: “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age'” (Matthew 28:16-20). It’s called the Good News for a reason.

Over a half-century ago, Donald Grey Barnhouse speculated, in a sermon, what a city, under Satan’s control, would look like: “All the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tidy and polite pedestrians who always smiled at each other. There would be no swearing. All the children would say ‘Yes, sir’ and ‘No, ma’am,’ and the churches…. Well they would be full every Sunday….and Christ would not be preached.

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