In June 2009, then President Obama said, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation—at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.” At the time, the Christian population in the United States was estimated at over 80 percent. Nowadays, Pew Research estimates the US population at about 63% Christian. Technically, America is a secular nation, a Constitutional Republic. The majority of its population are varying shades of Christians. The “Christianity” of this nation has been worn down over the years—abortion, sexual agendas, socialism, restrictions on religious free speech, etc., all have taken their toll.
These policy changes would not have happened without Christian votes and Christian support, or Christian apathy. Romans 13:1 says, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Who are we as mere humans to question the sovereignty of God? As a majority nation of Christians, we have allowed a distinct minority to remove God from the public square and establish the things abhorrent to God as everyday staples of American living. From our language to the way we dress to the terrible media that we view and listen to, to the apostasy that we accept as Christians, we have not occupied well. We have allowed the world to invade our way of life rather than our faith invading the world. We voted for what we have or didn’t stand against it, and God allowed it.
Perhaps it is time that we as Christians accept that we have lost our foothold as the acting majority. Maybe we should listen to what the Lord is telling us. Perhaps we should celebrate that every child in America regardless of his race or station in life can still say, “I can grow up to be President.”—and train him or her up so they understand what it means. And maybe we need to pray that our leadership have a complete relationship with God Almighty through the salvation of Christ. And maybe, as things grow darker because of the lack of Biblical morals and precepts, that we ought to reach out to this nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and unbelievers with the true light of Christ, that they may know Him.
During the Apostle Paul’s time, Christians were persecuted in the Roman Empire. Paul wrote in Romans 13 how Christians were to behave as the minority. Verse 7 reads: “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” And he reminds us to keep the 10 Commandments. Verse 12, then, issues a challenge: “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” There will be tough times ahead, testing our faith. As Isaiah 7:9 says, “If you will not believe, surely you shall not be made secure.” Let us believe. Let us stand. Let us prevail with grace and wisdom. And action.