The Humbling of Christian America (Warning, I stepped all over my own toes here too, so don’t get mad at me).
You may be asking yourself, what is going on? Perhaps you thought when you went to the polls and cast your vote for a President who upholds our Christian values and stands against the slaughter of innocent babies, everything was going to be okay. Life would go on as normal, maybe Roe Vs. Wade would even be overturned?
I’m not ashamed to say I voted for President Trump because he supports our Christian values. And now, as the whole election seems to be falling into the hands of the opposite party I myself, had to ask, “God, what is going on?”
And, I heard the same thing I have been hearing for months. “It is time for the complacent church to WAKE UP!” For too long American Christians have had it easy. We could afford to grow complacent. As long as the government was attempting to uphold our Christian values, we could cast our vote for the “good guy,” and go on with our lives feeling as if we had done our part.
We have tried to depend on the guy in the White House to hold back sin in America, while we hang out in our comfort zones lifting the occasional prayer for our nation. It has been fairly easy for us. Outside of the random social media taunts and mockery, we haven’t faced a lot of persecution here in “Christian America.”
We have prayed for the persecuted missionaries and martyrs who have died for sharing the Gospel in other countries, but we have sat on our comfy couches and let sin take over here in America because it’s someone else’s job. We have become more obsessed with how many people we can get into our church pews, than how many souls we are getting into heaven.
We have stopped speaking Truth for fear of offending people and causing them to leave the church. But what good is it to have a church full of lost people on their way to hell? And we wonder why “the church” is powerless? Really?
We have banned the power of the Holy Spirit from most of our services, and wonder why everyone seems to be asleep. We can’t understand why attendance has dropped in our churches, but we have failed to see that our “cheap entertainment,” can’t compete with the worlds elaborate forms of entertainment. It’s because God’s house was never meant to be a form of entertainment.
Blame it on corruption, and deception from the opposite party (I’m not saying they are not involved) but who has allowed sin and deception to gain such a solid foothold in our Nation? We had one job—win the lost to Christ.
We have been busy building our own platforms as we have promoted a weak and powerless prosperity gospel. When did Jesus ever say, “Lift me up so you can have a fifteen million dollar mansion?” No, He said He was going to prepare a place for us, and in His Fathers’ house were many mansions. Will any of us ever see those mansions? Are we so shallow, and so lost that we have totally ignored the truth of a real heaven, but also a real hell?
I realize Satan is running rampant in our world because he knows his time is short. But, as he has upped his game, we have all but left the court! We have got to wake up.
Many people who know me well, remember what I said in 2016, “If Trump wins the election, it will be because God has pressed the pause button to allow Christians to step up and fight for a harvest of souls in the nation. I don’t think he will win a second term, because I believe God is giving us one last chance.”
Did we blow it? Has God decided to allow America to have the sin it has so desperately desired and accepted? Has He grown sick of our complacency? Has our stagnation become a putrid odor in His nostrils?
Perhaps this is our humbling. We have tried to do so many things in our own power without His help, and maybe He is showing us just how much favor we have had and have ignored.
From this point on things are going to be harder. Even if something happens to swing the election in President Trump’s favor. If, we are given another opportunity with 4 more years, what will we do with it? Will we just waste it?
We must develop a spiritual backbone. We have to speak truth in love, and we must do everything we can to reach the lost before our time is up. I believe Jesus is coming soon, but will He find faith (a spotless church) on the earth when He returns?
We must lift Him up. He alone is our Savior.
I want to see Jesus lifted high. He said if He was lifted up, He would draw all men unto Him. Who are we trying to draw people to? We are not the world’s Savior, nor is any man or woman on this planet. We must humble ourselves, and lift up the mighty Name of Jesus!
We must welcome the Holy Spirit back into our churches. Let Him convict and woo the sinner to come to Jesus. We must be truth speakers led by the Holy Spirit, not seeking our own popularity, but seeking to do God’s will. When we refuse to speak against sin, we are quenching the Holy Spirit’s power to convict people of their sin. Sin is conquered one soul at a time.
We must get back to holiness. Jesus said to “Be holy as I am holy.” We are chosen, set apart, called for a purpose, and equipped to be mighty warriors in a supernatural battle that cannot be observed by the human eye, but CAN be won by saints on their knees in prayer.
We must resist complacency, and stagnation. We have got to get out of our comfort zones. We will never see a supernatural move of God as long as we are sitting on our sofa’s watching programs that glamorize the supernatural powers of Satan. Greater is He that is within US than He that is in the world, but if we keep pouring the world in, we will push the GREATER out causing us to become weak.
We need Jesus. We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and we need to honor God with all that is within us. We have lost the fear of the Lord, and we must get back to a place of reverential fear for His holiness, and His justice. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
I love you all. These words were hard for me too. I am as guilty as anyone. But, I believe we are seeing what we are experiencing in this nation right now, because God is trying to wake us. Let us heed His warnings. Let us hunger and thirst for His Word like never before.
Amos 8:11 NIV
“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.”
Donna Sparks is an International Speaker and Evangelist. She is the Author of Beauty From Ashes: My Story of Grace, and, No Limits: Embracing the Miraculous.