America: A Nation (still) in Crisis

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.America: A Nation (still) in Crisis

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.

My dear brothers and sisters, read the warning and promise that Jesus gave to his disciples.America: A Nation (still) in Crisis

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.America: A Nation (still) in Crisis

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.America: A Nation (still) in Crisis

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.America: A Nation (still) in Crisis

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?

 

In Christ.

Horace Williams Jr.

 

 

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14 thoughts on “America: A Nation (still) in Crisis”

  1. Horace, I met you in Blessing Bloggers. I share your concern for our country and was especially stirred by the following sentence in this excellent article: “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.”

    Shortly after the lockdown, I started a private Facebook group and invited Christian friends who wanted to discuss the political situation candidly and free of interference from dissenters. The group has grown to 135 members. It has been going for fourteen months now, and there hasn’t been even a single argument, just sharing of articles and information, open discussion, and prayers for our country. I tell you that to say that I’ll be sharing your article with that private group. Thank you so much for these good words for our beloved country!

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    • Thank you, Rosemary, for your kind words. I appreciate you sharing this post with your group. What I have shared in this post means a great deal to me. I thank God for allowing me to be born here. However, my heart hurts to see us turning away from God. I am blessed that you enjoyed this post. I hope to be a witness shining bright for Christ. Have a blessed rest of your week, sister.

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  2. Thank you for your insight and including scripture to back it up. Lord, forgive us for the many idols that we have bowed to instead of worshiping You.

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    • Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I refuse to write on my blog or any book unless I can validate with the Bible. I feel empowered when I used the Word of God to drive home my thoughts.

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  3. I feel blessed to have come across your written word. We are indeed in the midst of a crisis. As for me, you certainly fulfilled your purpose. I wish you many blessings.

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    • Thank you for visiting and the good wishes, Sandy. I’m glad you were blessed in reading this post. Lord-willing, I hope to continue fulfilling God’s purpose for my life. May God bless you and your family.

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  4. A friend recommended I read this post. I think you so beautifully articulated your love for Christ and our country. I am thanking the Lord now for the blessing you are….to me and the many others who are hungry and frightened and yearning folks who happen upon your hope-FULL message! God Bless

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    • Hello, Kelli! Welcome to my site. Shout out to the friend who encouraged you to read this post. I have been pondering these thoughts for a while now. I thank God for giving me the wisdom to articulate. I’m humbled to read that this post blessed you, and I hope you spread the word! Have a blessed rest of your week.

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  5. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. America is in crisis; but, take heart. God is on the move. He is about to do great things in America and around the world. We are blessed to be part of His awakened remnant.

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  6. Horace, thank you for the words and challenge. Our nation is definitely in trouble. Our family joins together on FaceTime each night at 8:00 pm CST to pray and ask God’s intervention in our nation. We pray for the protection of our police, military, firefighters, and medical staff. I believe in prayer and until God deems otherwise, I will continue to pray for His Devine intervention. In Christ, Phyllis

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    • You are very welcome, Phyliss. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It sounds like you and your family have a great practice in place to be shining lights. Have a blessed week. God bless you and your family.

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