Before you say, “America doesn’t need to be fixed” or give some canned dismissive declaration I ask that you hear me. You may not believe the basis of my declaration and plea, but I hope you will agree with the objective. I believe that most, if not all, who read what I write love America and want to see this Republic once again be the Republic established by our Founding Fathers and achieve that condition. I believe that most of us, and hope that all of us, want to see the America envisioned by our Framers, Founders, and generations before us, “One nation under God, united, and where all men are able to pursue Life, Liberty, and Happiness freely.”
I am a Christian, a preacher, a patriot, a Vietnam veteran, a Conservative. an Original Intent Constitutionalist, a husband, father, and grandfather. I am a lover of Freedom and out of those identifiers and foundations for my beliefs I shape my views and develop my position. I, like many, if not most of you, have a distaste for the Politics of Politicians and Political Elitism. I am a strong advocate of our Republican Form of Government which could rightly be called a Representative Democracy. I am not a fan of straight Democracy because history reveals the flaws and dangers of that system.
I have spent a lot of time talking about what is wrong in America and what we need to do politically. I have concluded that that approach is deficient standing alone and will never produce the desired result. Our American politics has become so corrupted by politicians and political ideologies, special interests, and activist that we are light-years away from that Republic envisioned by our Founders. Identity Politics, Political Correctness, Societal Division, Race Baiting, and Socialism are ripping our nation to shreds and creating ideological chasms that are hurling us toward a violent civil upheaval or war. Nobody should desire that, and everyone should be willing to do whatever they can to prevent that catastrophe. Sadly, some in various activist groups and some politicians seem to be pushing for, if not hoping for that outcome.
I have come to the conclusion in my prayer time, meditation, the study of God’s Word, and contemplation as to what is happening in America, American politics, and society that we must take action. What action are we to take? Here is where some may disagree with me and want no part of my remedy. I believe that one of the major reasons we are in the condition we are today is because believers, Christians, pastors, and churches have been silent for too long. We watched and complained about what was being done in the attempts to strip anything biblical or Christian from the public square but did nothing more than complain amongst ourselves. That produced no victories and allowed those seeking to push America’s Founding Principles and moral moorings to the back of the bus. I take the blame for that. I accept my share of the blame. I could and should have done more.
If the Bible is true, and I believe it is exactly what 2 Timothy 3:16 affirms, “All Scripture is inspired by God…” I believe that! That affirmation is a foundation of my life. That is what I have lived by for the past 50 years. I also believe Hebrews 13:8 that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” I believe the declaration in Daniel 2:21, that it is God who sets up kings and takes them down. He is the one who closes the mouth of lions, give guidance, responds to the prayers of His people as He promised in numerous places including 2 Chronicles 7:14 that if “My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” I Believe That!
So, what is my solution to America’s Problems of today? GOD! I believe as did men like John Adams no human government was capable of governing men with unbridled passions unchecked by God. I believe as did our first President, George Washington “that the propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” I believe the words of Proverbs 29:2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice…” Some try to take the entirety of that passage and make it about Donald Trump being a wicked man, but I do not and reject that notion. I say that not because I consider him a righteous man in all things, but he has demonstrated a willingness and desire to restore America and remove the chains of political darkness politicians have inflicted us with for decades.
I write this to those who are Christians and believe the Bible. I appeal to everyone, but this charge is to those of you who, like myself, seek to follow the Bible’s directive for life. It is time that we cease complaining and start praying with earnestness and expectation. If our prayer time is nothing more than a laundry list of complaints to God, it might be time to modify that approach. If we are, as the Bible declares, “more than conquerors through Jesus” and if the words of our Lord are true then we can “ask, seek, knock, and find” solutions to the ills facing our nation and society. We can pray and believe that God will literally fulfill the prayer of Matthew 6 and so transform us that we become agents of change in this world as we demonstrate the Light of God’s Love, Mercy, Grace, Peace, Wisdom, and Power. We pray and then do!
We are told in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 that we are in a war in this world and it is not a war with flesh and blood but a war in the realm of the spirit. I believe that what is happening in American politics is motivated by the unseen realm of spiritual forces. This passage tells us that we have weapons to combat those forces and pull-down strongholds.
I have concluded that to defeat the forces of darkness that, in my view, are clouding the minds of millions we must fight with spiritual weapons of warfare. Yes, we will continue to educate, illuminate, articulate, work, vote, and do all the things we are now doing but we must go beyond those into what I can only call Spiritual Warfare. Our Praying must become an expression of who God is, what His Word declares, and who we are in Him. Our Praying must become a battleground where we exercise authority over the darkness through our faith in Him. Our Praying must become effective and fervent with the comprehension that we are dealing, in a very real sense with life and death. The survival of the Republic or its demise!
As I said in the beginning, some will not appreciate, approve, or embrace my position but I believe the greatest issue in America today is the Human Heart and if we get that right we will see America restored and advance beyond any level of success, greatness, or goodness she has ever known. If you are a Christian and one who believes in God, then I urge you to join me in definitive and specific praying targeting areas of American politics that must change for us to survive as the Free Constitutional Republic. If you do not embrace the Christian faith, then please continue to fight the good fight for freedom with us exposing the falsehoods of the ideology of toxic liberalism and socialism.
God bless you and God bless America.