If you want bad news about America, I can give it to you in abundance. If you want to make a case for why it’s too late for national reformation, I can make quite the case. Yet there are two words that give me hope, and I want to share that hope with you.
But first the bad news: America is really sick — as in really, really sick. That’s why some conservative preachers and pundits believe we have passed the point of no return.
After all, the blood of more than 55 million aborted babies is crying out from the ground. How long before God avenges it?
The sexual revolution has gone so far that 8-year-olds are getting exposed to porn and 12-year-olds are sexting each other. How do you recover from this?
When it comes to LGBT activism, the Supreme Court has redefined marriage, we have celebrated a man as woman of the year, and the younger generation seems completely affirming of these activist goals. When has a nation ever gone this far and turned back?
If anything, we’re becoming less spiritually-minded, not more spiritually-minded, and rather than revering the Bible, we’re scorning it. On what basis, then, can we even hope for another awakening? It sure looks like our best days are behind us.
But you’re not reading this article to get more bad news, you’re reading it to get hope. And there’s a reason I am full of hope and expectation (without for a second minimizing how critically ill we are as a nation).
After speaking a church this past Sunday, a man came up to me and said, “You’re the greatest optimist I’ve ever met!” Another man said, “I’m so sick and tired of the negativity. You were a breath of fresh air.”
But this is not because I’m a starry-eyed dreamer. It’s because of two words that change everything for me.
Those two words are “but God.” Yes, things look dire and hopeless, but God!
Those two words were on the lips of Joseph in the Bible, after he had been sold into slavery by his brothers. Years later he said to them, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people” (Gen. 50:20, NLT)
Those two words were on the pen of Paul, as he described our lost estate before we came to faith: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins . . . and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God . . . made us alive together with Christ . . . and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:1,3-7).
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown