Daily Devotional for Friday October 17, 2003
The United States is no longer a Christian nation
The United States is no longer a Christian nation. If the recent events in Montgomery over the rock with the Ten Commandments, and the current legal challenge to "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance tell us anything, it is that the United States is no longer a Christian nation. One of the biggest misconceptions Christians have today, is that this is still a Christian nation.
Only the foolish try to argue the fact that this nation was not founded by men and women that believed in the God of the Bible and had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. There is no way to deny that the largest percentage of the first several generations of people in this country were Christians. It was clearly a nation that honored God, followed His Son Jesus, and accepted the Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God, representing absolute truth, and our final authority in all matters. However, that is no longer the case, and has not been for many years now.
How can I make such a definitive statement? How can you call this a Christian nation when the Federal Government legally protects the murder of app. 2 million babies every year? How can you call this a Christian nation when people that have chosen lifestyles that God calls an abomination are now accepted and promoted as normal? How can you call this a Christian nation when God's gift of sex has been perverted and is now marketed and accessible to anyone, of any age, at any time?
How can you call this a Christian nation when God's Holy Institution of Marriage has been mocked and turned into little more than a legal date? How can you call this a Christian nation when God's definition of a family is being rewritten daily by those who reject God in their life? The answer is, you can no longer call this a Christian nation for these and numerous other reasons.
The logical question has to be, how did we go from being what was without argument a Christian nation, to the spiritual state that we find ourselves in today. There are two key elements involved. The first is the incredible numbers of people that immigrated to the United States since 1900. People from all over the world that brought to this nation their own religious beliefs. People that did not believe in the God of the Bible and rejected His Son Jesus.
The second is a topic I have discussed often, and that is a weak and ineffective church since the 1960's and a void of real spiritual leadership. Churches that lost their evangelistic zeal and became institutionalized. Men and women God called who found it much more comfortable to ignore the lost world they were living in, and hide behind the four walls of the church and in the Christian media where they can preach to the choir where it is safe and profitable.
So what is the answer. I will continue to support in prayer issues like the Ten Commandments, the taking out of "under God" in the Pledge, and similar efforts to take God out of our nation. But let me be frank with you. Having a rock with the Ten Commandments on it in a courthouse in Montgomery, Alabama, having children recite the Pledge and saying "under God," is NOT going to make this a Christian nation again. WHAT WILL MAKE THIS A CHRISTIAN NATION AGAIN IS GETTING PEOPLE SAVED!!!
The reality of the year 2003 is that there is 2 full generations of people, the largest percentage of which that have never been to church. These people are NOT coming to church on Sunday morning, they are NOT watching the Christian media, and if you want to reach these people you need to take the message of Christ to them. Why are cults like Mormonism, Scientology, false religions like Islam and various New Age movements the fastest growing in our nation today? BECAUSE THEY ARE TAKING THEIR MESSAGE, THAT IS STRAIGHT FROM THE PITS OF HELL, DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE!!!
How does the world get its message to the masses? Commercial television and radio, newspapers and magazines, music, film, the Internet, and advertising are all ways the world forces its messages into people lives literally 24/7. This is how the cults and false religions of the world are doing it. THIS IS HOW THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR BETTER START DOING IT!!! WE NEED TO BE USING THE SAME VEHICLES THE WORLD, THE CULTS AND FALSE RELIGIONS ARE USING TO TAKE THEIR MESSAGE TO THE MASSES!!!
I love you and care about you so much. I get no joy out of sharing a message like this, but it is my responsiblity to tell you the truth. While the United States is no longer a Christian nation, it is still a nation of great freedoms. We must take advantage of those freedoms, while we still have them I might add, to take the message of the hope and love of Jesus Christ to this lost, hurting, and dying nation and world. We know that Jesus is the only true answer for this world, for the United States, and for each person.
The encouraging fact is that we already know how this story ends. We should take great comfort in knowing that even though this nation has turned its back on God, in the end He still wins. We also need to realize that there are tremendous opportunities to bring many people into the Kingdom in these last days. We need to quit worrying about what used to be, and start focusing on what is. While we were fighting over a rock, the cults and false religions were busy leading good people into everlasting damnation. While we will expend lots of time and energy trying to keep "under God" in the Pledge, the cults and false religions of the world will be busy leading people straight to Hell.
Please, don't misunderstand me. We need to pray for these efforts to keep God in our culture. But the fact these are even issues simply point out that there is a majority in this nation that do not care about God, do not know His Son, and reaching these people with the hope and love of Christ is what God has called us to do. The time is short. His return is imminent. The United States is no longer a Christian nation, but He still has a people and a church that He will use to take His message to this lost and dying world.
In his love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller