Recently I took part in a conversation with a Christian apologist from New Zealand. He was asked if he would consider moving to the United States – his answer was no. He has deep concerns about the instability of our current political situation. He also sees the real possibility of a civil war breaking out in America. And he understands how fragile our political and economic situation is. A pandemic or any of the above-mentioned scenarios would collapse our economy.
There is no doubt that we are living in both politically and spiritually dark times.
I also share this man’s concerns. I was a boy during the Vietnam war, and at age five, I vividly remember the assassination of JFK. I was deeply troubled by the murders of Martin Luther King, Robert Kenndy, and the shootings at Kent State. Those of us who are baby-boomers have seen our share of political upheaval in America.
Our country has been under siege from outside forces, both political, and spiritual, since the birth of our Republic.
But, my greatest concern is the spiritual condition of the Church. Many believers are experiencing high levels of anxiety – which is a symptom of prayerlessness. ( See Philippians 4:6) The seeds that were sown by the counter-cultural movement that began in the United States during the sixties, are bearing fruit today. The sexual perversion and lawlessness that characterized those days, appear to be consuming our nation today. And those who profess belief in Christ, have not been immune to this darkness.
Our souls are under siege by dark forces, but sadly, many are seeking political solutions, rather than spiritual ones.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – ( John 16:33 NIV)
Jesus promised both tribulations in this world, and peace for our souls during times of testing. Believers must learn to “practice the presence of the Lord.” This is what Jesus was referring to when he taught his disciples to abide in him (John 15:7.) Which is: living in a state of communion with God, through prayer, and total dependence on him.
God raised up the “Jesus Movement” in the late sixties and early seventies, to counter the spiritual darkness of that time. Let’s ask God in prayer, for a fresh move of the Holy Spirit today. It is our only chance for survival.