Looking at the headlines in the daily news, on television and radio, it takes no effort to see that the world we live in is a very dark place, getting darker by the minute. The COVID oppressions, government spying on citizens, the lies peddled every day as truth, the denial of truth as lies, the promotion of sexual deviance in schools and on television are all examples of how far American society has fallen. It’s as if America, once a powerful example of the light of Christ, has become part of a fabric of darkness ushering along the antichrist spirit as spoken by the prophet Daniel where words are spoken against God, the saints are being worn out, and the laws are changing to magnify darkness rather than justice.
George Washington said in his 1796 Farewell Speech, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” In those words, and in the words of many others, to keep a Constitutional Republic there must be vigilance on the part of the people–the moral people of God. It would appear that many Christians are apathetic and believe in relative truth, reasoning their way out of their responsibilities to God and country by deferring to the immoral and unrighteous as stewards of the nation’s soul. And when truth is allowed to fall in the street, not only is society undermined, but also—and more importantly—it is evidence of our witness as Christians.
This is exemplified not only in the realm of government, but also demonstrated by American society. It has become outwardly immoral, which is a reflection of its inner soul. It is difficult to watch a television program with your family without seeing some type of pornography thought of as normal salesmanship. Homosexuality is portrayed as a normal lifestyle. The things of the world are widely accepted even among “Christians.” The things that would have been considered unholy by Biblical standards are widely practiced by members of the “Church.” It seems that everyone wants to be accepting of everyone else’s weirdness without applying a Biblical standard of accountability. We are obsessed with politics, but are we obsessed with the commandments of Christ? What in our specific lives can we do to change the direction?
As a people and as a nation, a body politic, there needs to be a realization of the issue, a turning from it, and a renewing of the mind by Christians–all of us. We can all contribute to changing this dark situation—in our own way as led by the Holy Spirit. Christ said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” And in John 9:5, He said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Christ is still in the world through each of us who know him as our personal savior. Let us be keepers of that light that it might be good for us, for our nation and for the world. When it appears that we are losing the battle to darkness, remember that a little light pierces the darkness.