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How can we save America?

In a little less than seven months, the citizens of the United States will vote to elect a new president. At the moment, the top contenders are Joe Biden and Donald Trump with Robert F. Kennedy a distant third. Some have looked skeptically at the last presidential election and claimed that some shenanigans were involved. Whether that is true or not, there are plenty of opinions about it and people are concerned as to whether their vote will actually count this time. Another thing I have noticed is that the news (conservative or liberal) is making a big deal about this presidential election. Listen to them for very long and you will begin to think that voting for the next president is the answer to all of our problems. But is that true? Even if we could bring back the best president from the past or elect a great Christian leader, there is no guarantee that this would solve our country’s problems. Why is that? The current problems in our country are not problems that can ultimately be addressed by the government.

  1. The problem of sinful people

    The first problem is that our country (and world) is full of sinful people who do not want to turn from their sins to God. They are willing to rebel against God because they find enjoyment in the things that He calls sin. And when a nation turns away from the Lord, there will be big problems that must be addressed.

    What does the Bible say?

    When people become wicked, their thoughts control their actions (Gen. 6:5).

    During Noah’s lifetime, the people became so wicked that they couldn’t think good thoughts. Everything they thought about was evil and those thought led to evil actions. It became so bad that God was sorry He had created them. We live in a nation where there is still some morality left over from previous generations. But the vast majority of people are becoming less interested in doing right. They have learned to justify their sins and others are learning to think this way, too.

    When people persistently reject God, things will get worse (Rom. 1:18-25).

    During Paul’s lifetime, He saw God’s judgment on sinful humanity. When the people rejected what they knew about God, He gave them over to their lusts and they began to practice terrible things. The people became increasingly sinful as God gave them over to the results of their sin. Has much changed today? Despite our history of being a so-called “Christian nation,” our country has increasingly been okay with abortion, adultery, sexual perversion, and dishonesty. Things are not getting better. They are getting worse.

    When things get worse, it could be a sign of the end (2 Tim. 3:1-5).

    Paul told us that the last days will include a wide range of sins. His list was written by the inspiration of God almost two thousand years ago but it seems like it was written to describe our current culture. Our culture glorifies revenge, covetousness, pleasure seeking, and other lusts. While these things have existed in many cultures, it does make you wonder how long our civilization can last.

    What can we do?

    We need to preach repentance from sin (Mark 1:4-5).

    We should learn something from the fact that God sent John the Baptist to preach repentance before Jesus began His earthly ministry. Before people would be ready to receive Jesus, they would need to acknowledge their sin and turn from it. His message reached tax collectors, soldiers, and kings. Should we do any less? If we shy away from speaking the truth about sin, how will people know about their sin against God and want to turn from it?

    We need to preach the gospel (Mark 16:15).

    What Jesus told His disciples to do would change the world. But note what He told them to do. His command was not to infiltrate government with Christian principles or to organize a new political party. His main command was to preach the gospel. The gospel is the good news that should follow the preaching of repentance. Once someone has acknowledged his sin against God, he needs to know that Jesus paid the price for his sins. Jesus, the Son of God, took the punishment for all the sins of the world on Himself when He died on the cross. Now all those who repent of their sin and put their faith in Him will be forgiven by God and changed.

    We need to believe that God can change people (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 1:23-24).

    The Bible tells us that the person who has been saved by God will be changed. God makes him a new person on the inside and this change will eventually be seen on the outside. As the Spirit conforms each believer to Jesus’ character, people will see a different attitude, actions, and purposes. This was seen in Paul when God saved him. He had been known for his violent persecution of Christians. But after his conversion, he was known for preaching the faith that “he once tried to destroy.”

    We have heard many political speeches from potential candidates for president. Some of them sound pretty good. While we hope to have good people in government, this should not be what we put all our confidence in. Instead, we should follow God’s plan to change the world through the preaching of the gospel. Good government can hold back sinful people for a while. But only God can make a lasting change in their hearts that will eventually be seen in their actions.

  2. The problem of inactive Christians.

    It would be easy to point at worldly people and say that they are the problem. In a sense, this would be correct. However, Christians have a role to play in the downward spiral of American culture. What? Yes, it is true. Part of the problem with our culture is Christians who are not active for the Lord. And that might apply to you.

    What does the Bible say?

    When Christians are spiritually immature, problems increase (1 Cor. 3:1-3).

    If the problems of sinful people can be addressed by preaching the gospel, why aren’t we doing it? One answer is the spiritual immaturity of some Christians. Paul saw this in the early Corinthian church. Instead of progressing in their spiritual growth, they had remained spiritually immature because of sin in their own lives. Oftentimes the reason that the gospel is not being preached is the fact that unconfessed sin is holding Christians back from doing anything. The answer to this is repentance.

    When Christians don’t act on what they hear, they become useless (Jam. 1:22).

    Another thing that holds back the church from reaching the world with the gospel is the unwillingness of Christians to act on what they have learned from the Bible. They sit in church and hear the preacher’s message. They read their Bibles at home. They learn and answer questions in Sunday School. But if they never act on what they hear, very little will be accomplished. The answer to this complacency is to start acting on what you have heard.

    When Christians are worldly, they won’t love God or His purposes (1 John 2:15-17).

    From the beginning, Satan has been effective at distracting people from God’s purposes. He uses the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life to deceive us into becoming complacent about God. When we should be loving and obeying God, we end up loving the world instead. It is hard to get a worldly Christian to make a difference in the world. The solution is to stop loving the world and to start loving the Lord instead.

    What can we do?

    We need to put God’s purposes first in our lives (Matt. 6:33).

    When Jesus originally spoke these words, He was talking about trusting God to meet our needs. Our first desire should not be worrying about our daily needs; our focus should be on doing God’s will. When we put God’s kingdom first, we will make His priorities our own. When we put His righteousness first, we will live in a way that is godly and appropriate for someone proclaiming the gospel to a sinful world.

    We need to be a shining light to the world (Matt. 5:14-16).

    Jesus made it clear that His followers would be a light to the world. Jesus was the original light of the world, but His followers are to reflect His light to all who see and hear them. This is still true today. By living a godly life, we can show the world the change that God has made in us. As we do this, we will be compelling evidence that God can change a sinner into a new creation. But if we hide our light, how will they know?

    We need to renew our minds daily (Rom. 12:1-2).

    As we go through each day, it is important to commit ourselves to serving God. We need to be willing to do His will every moment of our lives. But there is a continuing problem. After attending church services, you may turn on the radio and hear competing ideas. You may read a book or watch a newscast that contradicts what you heard. And if you are not careful, your mind can be turned away from what God has taught you. When this happens, the best antidote is to read your Bible and renew your mind. As you meditate on God’s truth and ask Him for wisdom, He will conform your thinking to what He has revealed in the Bible.

Conclusion

As we watch the culture around us becoming more degraded, it would be easy for us to think that a new voice in government will make the difference. While that could be helpful, the ultimate solution to our problem is Jesus. Without Him, sinful people will continue to become worse and government will have to invest in more laws and police. But if the hearts of people are changed by God, this will make a drastic difference.

What you should consider now is how you will be a part of God’s plan. If you are already a Christian, will you repent of your sinful complacency and start focusing on God’s priorities? It may not be easy, but as you seek God’s help, meditate on the Bible, and actively seek to proclaim God’s message, you can make a difference in the lives of the people you meet. Will you do your part in God’s solution to man’s problems?


Bibliography

“Why Government is Not the Answer” as viewed at https://www.gotquestions.blog/government-is-not-the-answer.html on 9/17/2023.