Are we a rapture ready nation?

Psalm 33:10-12 says, “God brings nothing to the plans of nations, he foils the plans of the peoples. But the counsel of God stands forever, his heart’s plans are for all generations. How blessed is the nation whose God is God, the people he chose as his heritage!” Recent headlines are showing just how far this world has fallen, and continues to fall away from the precepts of God. A lot of folks say that if the rapture occurred, America would be like Sodom and Gomorrah because all the Christians would be gone. My question is, “What does America look like now?” Point is, the moral high ground has been taken by the immoral, and it happened without any rapture. Oh, it could be worse, but, really, who are we fooling?

What we need in this country is an honest look at why things are as they are and how we can impact them by a return to the ancient paths of our Lord; a revival of understanding of, and relationship with, the one true God, and his son Jesus the Messiah. This revival is not the showy mega church version of revival. It is a revival of the heart–a return to the gospel and the scriptures in their traditional form and meaning. If we became a nation of Christians so passionate in our relationship with God, we would be described like the apostles and disciples in Acts 17:6 “These who have turned the world upside down are come here also.” We would be as Christ described in the Sermon on the Mount, “salt of the earth.”

I’ve heard many say, “Who cares, we’ll be out of here and with the Lord when we are raptured?” My answer is that we should be better than that. I believe the Lord expects better than that. The Great Commission says that we are to make disciples. Romans 12:1 says that we are to “present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:21 says, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Throughout the scriptures are calls to action for those who believe. We are not supposed to be a royal priesthood sitting around a rapture waiting room, but rather showing “forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

First and foremost, we need to get right with and have a close personal relationship with God and Christ. In that relationship we will be inspired to be more than just members of an exclusive club waiting for the blessed hope. We will be a living testimony to the one true God, and by our example and actions, we will make disciples. These disciples will organically begin to change the nation from its current state to one whose God is truly the one true God. This is far different than sitting in a church pew listening to self-indulgent, extra biblical, out of context concepts disguised as Christianity. Let us be an Acts 5:29 people where we “obey God rather than men,” and in our obedience present a true rapture ready nation whose God is God upon the Lord’s return!

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