I witnessed plenty of Christians jockeying for positions but very few calling for prayer and fasting. I saw an abundance of pride but not much humility. Had Donald Trump been elected, the pride-o-meter in many of our hearts would have been off the charts (mine included). God definitely humbled me!
Trump may not have been given a second term, but I believe that is because God allowed fraud in the 2020 election in order to wake us up. Throughout the Old Testament—from the conspiracy against King Joash to Athaliah’s destruction of all the kingly heirs—God often allowed kings to gain power through deceit and deception to humble His people (cf. 2 Kings 11:1 and 12:20).
How can our nation murder the innocent, mock marriage, elevate porn, and deny the existence of something as basic and irrefutable as gender and not expect judgment? It seems clear that we are actually more depraved as a nation than Israel ever was, and possibly approaching the level of sinfulness we read about in the days of Noah, when “the wickedness of mankind was great on the earth” (Genesis 6:5).
Upcoming elections will not fix our problems. We will be gravely mistaken, disenchanted, and disillusioned (just like many are now) if we believe that. Granted, I desire godly legislation and God-honoring policies, we must contend for them, but we are too far gone to legislate change. Our national crisis can only be fixed by returning to God. A spiritual awakening is our only hope (more here and here.)
The Loss Forced Us to Look in the Mirror
Many are under the delusion that if they post enough comments on social media belittling the government that somehow change will occur. But God doesn’t say, “That’s a good Tweet or post; I need to do something!” He looks at our willingness to seek Him and forsake sin.
Throughout his life, Abraham recognized his mistakes. David didn’t make excuses for his sin; he owned it and accepted the consequences (2 Samuel 12:13). The prodigal son didn’t blame everyone else for his problems. Instead, he “came to himself” (Luke 15:17) and repented.
Granted, it’s much easier to post negative things about the current administration than it is to pray for them. It’s easier to mock ungodly legislation than it is to weep and fast for the next generation. That’s where the rubber meets the road. We change our nation by looking in the mirror. We see throughout the Bible there is only one remedy to reverse the judgment of God: repentance that produces a spiritual awakening.
The Loss Separated the Wheat from the Tare
To strengthen the church, pastors must become preachers again. A. W. Tozer hit the nail on the head when he wrote: “If Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation, it must be by other means than any now being used. If the Church in the second half of this century is to recover from the injuries she suffered in the first half, there must appear a new type of preacher.”
Leaders should ask, “Does the world love the way we ‘do church’? Does the world appreciate that our church never challenges anyone or anything? Am I proud that I never make members feel uncomfortable or offended?” If so, you may want to consider Jesus’ words that true disciples will be hated by the world because they speak the truth, not because they avoid it.
We must recapture our prophetic zeal and say like Richard Baxter, “I preach as a dying man to dying men”—as a dying man to a dying nation. The church, and our nation, desperately needs to be awakened, convicted, and restored.
The Stage Must be an Altar Again
Church services often lack spiritual power, prayer is glanced over, worship is designed to entertain, and the Word is neatly sandwiched between a funny anecdote and a softly spoken message, if it’s preached at all. If we truly want America to experience a spiritual awakening,…