The United States is at the threshing floor. What was once the Land of Liberty has now morphed into a perpetual state of self-indulgence, and the disconnect between our authentic Judeo-Christian heritage has been dismissed until further notice by political correctness and a secular agenda. The promoted immorality seen in society is not incurable, for there is still a decision that must be made. America can either drop to the threshing floor with repentant knees or beat its chest in vain arrogance at what it has become.
America is made up of its citizens, and no matter what gripes the populace has with the federal government, it has always been our right to live as we please when it comes to personal conduct. Time has shown that America has lost respect for the blessings and grace that God has bestowed upon us, and in place, its citizens have long been worshipping the lusts of this world. Christian or not, America owes God more than just an apology, but a 360 degree turn on its moral compass. A recalibration of that magnitude requires God’s followers to not only call for repentance but also live a life that models the very call for repentance.
Modeling repentance isn’t as simple as its description, yet there is one man who has taken up the gauntlet for leading the nation back to the heart of God. Franklin Graham—the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham and the President and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association—has decided to launch the Decision America Tour, which will involve him traveling to all 50 states where prayer rallies will be held to contend for the restoration of this nation.
The stakes are nothing less than the God-fearing pulse of the nation, and a description of the tour is as follows on decisionamericatour.com: “Franklin Graham is traveling to all 50 states in 2016 to hold prayer rallies, to preach the Gospel, and to challenge believers to take a stand and take action. He’ll be urging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation just as Nehemiah cried out to God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore hope to His people.” This is what living out the Great Commission looks like in the 21st century, and while the people have changed, the message has remained the same.
“I’m going to every state in our country to challenge Christians to live out their faith at home, in public and at the ballot box—and I will share the Gospel.”-Franklin Graham via decisionamericatour.com
The flashpoint has been reached where it is no longer permissible for evangelicals to quietly fade into culture. Society everywhere is screaming for a hero. The unsaved have the need, God has the answer, and it’s the task of committed Christians to spread the good news. Not only is it necessary for the gospel to be preached, but there is a direct line that has been established by Jesus’ bloodshed. Access to God the Father has been granted and is brought to you by the translation of the Holy Spirit and the continual intercession of Jesus Christ. When times became inextricably oppressive, men and women of God in the Bible got on their knees and prayed. Prayer without calcified repetition or vague goals, prayer with a humble yet intense focus for repentance is the necessity of the hour.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. -Hebrews 4:12-13
While there will be those who thrash the Word of God on a regular basis and conspire to stymie it, resistance alone does not give an excuse for evangelism to cease.The Gospel of Jesus Christ has always been about radical love, required submission, and reviving redemption. Christians have experienced salvation, and to deprive others of the good news is violating the covenant of the Great Commission. The staunchest enemies of Christianity can be become the brightest beacons for Christ if there are those brave enough to display the joy of the salvation to them. The joy of the Lord has the ability to dilate the seething bitterness and acrimonious immorality in American culture. Yes, we see the world for what it really is—a desolate planet without a self-creating hope—yet the hope was never meant to come from within. It came from outside our space and time as the Word became flesh. That’s the hope that can severe the bonds of nihilism.
But God’s word is not chained. 2 Timothy 2:9
The politically-correct, cowardly distilled Gospel preached by mainstream Christianity has essentially gag-ordered the Church’s voice of evangelism. Repentance has been replaced with the prosperity Gospel and salvation seems to go through any door that can avoid the eradication of sinful patterns of behavior. Has the church fallen into the belief that the sneers of a faithless society means that God is unable to change the hearts of those unbelieving? If that’s the mindset the Church has come to, then we might as well pack it in, because that’s not even remotely approaching service to the Great Commission. If God can return each of us from our hearts of darkness to His kingdom, then why not your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family who chuckle at the image of serving God? The Apostles all found the courage to simply speak to what they saw and believed (Acts 4:20). Some believed, others didn’t, quite a few mocked, and some made good on their threats. Despite the results, the apostles did what they were told: to speak the truth of Christ’s unbreakable, indomitable sacrifice. No covenant will be renewed unless the kingdom decides to crack open the testimonies and open up their mouths.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. -Romans 1:16
One of the guaranteed locales that one will find in almost every town and city is a church. The necessity of the separation of church and state shows how Christianity played such a large role in culture, and since the privilege of religious liberty has been awarded, God’s people must be unashamed to speak the truth with humble dignity. If the lay members of the Church cease to give voice to the Gospel, then who else will stand? Must the rocks cry out? If the saved will not speak, then their absence will be one of the utmost of violent acts in the Church’s history. It’s the violence that comes with silence— the violence of standing on the sidelines as those around crumble under the burden of being apart from their Creator. It’s the intimidation of bowing to militant secularists as they clamber for us to toss away religious liberty because it fails to fit their vision. It’s the cowardice of watching aborted, innocent lives get sold like racks of ribs to research institutions. The time has come for the people of God to remember who makes the final decision and to give Him the due honor. There are hundreds of thousands who seek the kingdom first and have been answering the call many years before I was born. However, there are those who have not made a decision, and I ask you of you, “Who will you serve?”
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -Isaiah 9:6 (emphasis added)
Kevin Cochrane is a nineteen year old writer with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with ears to hear to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. The great pursuit of his life is to live by the words he writes. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.