America. Land of the free and the home of the brave. Words cannot express the tremendous gratitude I have for those willing to serve our country. In fact, both my late father and my brother served. Dad was a captain in the U.S. Army, and my brother is a Marine.
For clarity, here are definitions of what a crisis is. Everyone may have a different idea for the word. Impasse. Crossroad. Emergency. Hour of Decision. Turning Point. Have I piqued your curiosity yet? If not, please continue reading, and I’ll expound on what’s in my heart.
America is Crumbling
Now that I have your attention, have you noticed that the foundation on which America was built is crumbling right beneath our feet? Our country was founded as a Christian nation. Faith, family, and freedom are essential things that come to mind when speaking of our crumbling foundation as a country.
Faith. I respect the freedom to practice one’s religion, but there was a time when being a Christian in America was not a bad thing. For example, in many circles, Christians are viewed as narrow-minded, judgmental, and intolerant.
As a result of this is, many Christians have become “silo” Christians. Not wanting to offend, they isolate themselves or put their head in the sand hoping that things will go away or change without being affected.
And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13
All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. Matthew 24:8-10.
Jesus said this at the Sermon on the Mount.
Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. Luke 6:22-23.
What Can You Do?
Given these promises from Jesus, does this give you hope or infuse you with the courage to stand strong? Everything we say or do toward someone should be done in love. Click To Tweet
Despite any fears, if you feel compelled to step out of your comfort zone to advise, speak out, or disagree, do it with grace. Ask God to give you discernment in how to go about things. Seek godly counsel, ask Him for wisdom. In fact, there are certain situations; I find myself holding my tongue despite the righteous indignation I sometimes feel.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him. Nut let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. James1:5-6.
One of the best things we can do is pray. I truly believe one of the best things we as Christians must do is cry out to God. There is divine power available to us via prayer. I have seen God work in my own life and the lives of others through the power of prayer. It is up to us as children of God to go before the throne and seek God’s power.
If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14.
What is Next for America?
My people. God was challenging the children of Israel to return to Him in this verse. However, if you are a King’s servant, a Christian, this is a verse you need to embrace. This requires humility on our part, seeking God diligently, lots of persevering prayer, and removing any sin from our lives.
With that in mind, if we as Christians want to see a revival in America, it is up to us to initiate change. Please make no mistake; leading the way in transforming hearts will be the driving force that helps guide America back to the foundation of faith it was built on.
Another essential thing to this country still living in a crisis is the attack on the Almighty God’s intended family. Ever since the garden of Eden, the devil has been attacking God’s intended family structure. In addition, not only Adam and Eve’s failures but remember Abraham and Sarah’s? Sarah invited her maidservant, Hagar, into their bedroom, and Abraham obliged willingly! Then there was King David and Bathsheba, whose sin had ripple effects costing the death of their child. Throughout history, satan’s attack on the family structure has been subtle, intentional, and devastating.
Families in America?
Whether it be adultery, premarital sex/fornication, homosexuality, the influence of pornography, the family structure slowly continues to rot, and no one seems to mind the stench! Look at what is now permissible in this country compared to, say, a few decades ago.
This is not an attack on anyone because before I recommitted my life to Christ in 2012, I engaged in immorality and other sins. Like Adam and Eve, I felt guilty at times after indulging, and I would half-heartedly confess my sin without repenting.
Furthermore, I hate to break it to you, but sinning sometimes appears to look or feel good. Don’t be deceived. In fact, remember in the garden.
Eve saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasing to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6.
Even in a perfect idyllic environment, Adam and Eve succumbed to sin. We are no better than them. That is why we must guard our hearts and minds daily! Filling our minds with whatever is true. (Phil. 4:8) God has a place and time for everything. Outside of His laws, it is a sin. We end up contributing to the crisis instead of being a help to counteract it!
What About Idols?
Now you may have tuned me out because sexual immorality has never been an issue for you. But aside from immorality, several other types of sin can destroy the family structure. Jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness…and things like these. Galatians 5:19.
What about busyness? Intended or not. Too much time away from one another leaves the door open for the enemy. Satan loves to get a servant warrior alone on the battlefield! Easy to fall into sin. Did you ever think of idols? It is always talked about in the Old Testament, especially. Now, we may not be bowing down before carved wooden or stone images.
But it is easy to make other things idols in our lives. A relationship. A job. Our hobbies. Social media status. A dream or a goal? Things that there’s nothing wrong on their own, but we have an idol when we put those things above God. As a type-A personality, I constantly have to guard against doing God’s will and letting that desire consume me. Even by myself, that can be destructive.
That being said, family members need to treat one another with respect. Putting the other’s needs before one’s self is essential. Let’s continue to pray earnestly for our families and the deterioration of the family structure in America.
Freedom in America
In conclusion, as I begin winding down my thoughts for this Fourth of July weekend of 2021. I have to discuss freedom. This country is celebrating its 245th year of independence. I’m hearing the fireworks blasting all weekend. But recently, we just passed a law here in the United States to make Juneteenth a National holiday. Juneteenth recognizes the day that the slaves in Texas were informed that slavery had been abolished and free! This was THREE YEARS after the emancipation proclamation in 1862. That is crazy!
Unfortunately, many are still enslaved in their hearts and refuse to acknowledge or are unaware. Christians must be committed to being lights shining in the darkness—a warm, inviting light causing the unsaved to want what we have. I remember reading this verse of scripture several years ago. Not only did I read it, but I applied it to my life.
If you continue in My word, then you are truly my disciples; And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32.
Jesus is the TRUTH. He has set me free. Not only now but for eternity. I live with His hope. My God-given purpose is to affect the lives of all who read my writing, drawing believers closer to Jesus and helping to give hope to the lost. That is the least I can do in the midst of a crisis. What about you, friend?
Horace Williams Jr.