What If?

Our country is in trouble.  Many Christians feel that it is unseemly to engage in politics or express their opinions about the culture wars that are all around us.  They feel that there is no need to worry about what’s going on in the world, it is just the “signs of the times” and besides, we will all be Raptured out before the shit really hits the fan.  But what if you aren’t? This post is not meant to be a debate on the Biblical validity of the Rapture.  But consider, what if the scriptures that are commonly used to validate a belief in the Rapture, are really just describing the Resurrection, the Rapture and the Return of Jesus, as one singular event in time that takes place after the Tribulation?  What if you knew that you and your loved ones would have to live through the coming plagues, natural disasters, wars, economic collapse, and tyranny.  Would that change the way you are relating to the world around you? Would you speak up for the unborn? Would you have the courage to speak out against the various sexual sins that are becoming mainstream?   Would you change the way you shop, or the entertainment you consume?  Would you take the time to research candidates and vote for the ones who stand for Biblical principles and truths?  And what if we really humbled ourselves, prayed, fasted, and repented, G-d would come down and remove this judgment from us?  There are numerous examples in scripture where a prophesy was changed, and judgement averted because G-d’s people humbled themselves and repented.  What if by prayer and repentance, we could once again become a united, peaceful, and prosperous nation?  

We have, for far too long, taken for granted the freedom of worship we have enjoyed in this country. We look with horror at other countries where people are actually being hunted down and killed for believing in Jesus.  We meet securely in our home groups while others meet in secret fearing for their lives.  We think those things could never happen here, while right under our noses, our freedoms are being eroded away.  It is time for Christians to stand up, step up, and demand a seat at the table.  That our voices are heard, and our views respected in the media, the theater, the school hall, city hall, the halls of Congress and the ballot box. It will take us humbling ourselves.  It will take courage, it will take hard work, but we can turn this nation around.

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