Americans who believe in Judeo Christian values repeatedly have been told that they are not good people. The left has adopted a culture of attacking anyone with whom they disagree. It even has a name—cancel culture, where people are essentially “canceled” for expressing something these brutal hate mongers don’t like. Yet they accuse everyone else of hate, especially Christians. Christians are hated for believing in creation, that life begins at conception, that marriage is between a man and a woman. Our dignity, honor and belief system have been under attack. This is a society where the moral ground is increasingly given way to the power of darkness. It seems that light is in power save mode.
But there is one thing that no Hollywood actor, no “politician,” no political system, no culture war, no struggle between the classes, no forced healthcare or Islamic terrorist can take away from us–The Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Think about that–the uttermost part of the earth. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Zechariah 4:6 says, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the LORD of hosts.”
The Holy Spirit. Ruach Ha Kodesh. You are powered by the Holy Spirit. No election, no depression, no oppression, no darkness can usurp that power, unless you let it. During this dark time in our nation, we need to exercise our Holy Spirit power. Notice the Lord said to receive the Holy Spirit and then be witnesses first in Jerusalem, then expanding out to Judaea and Samaria, then unto the uttermost part of the earth. He didn’t say to be witnesses in the church pew, then inside the church’s self improvement program, and then inside the church’s conference on self improvement. He was telling us to receive the Holy Spirit and engage with the world, not draw back from it.
Pew Research says 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009. Even so, we are in a vast, vast majority. If we as Christians were fully engaged, our American society would not be giving ground to the darkness that is prevailing. We are told in Ephesians 5:8 to “walk as children of light.” Romans 13:12 tells us to “put on the armor of light.” And Ephesians 6:17 says to take the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” and verse 20 tells us “that therein I may speak boldly as I ought to speak.” We as Christians are powered by the Holy Spirit. You are powered by the Holy Spirit. Don’t be on power save mode, let the power of your light shine.