This was inspired by the Newsweek report about “the Post-Christian Era” in America written by Jon Meacham.
My two cents…
As long as there are Christians in America, there will be Christian influence. But, not the kind of influence most might imagine. God’s goal has never been to establish a Christian Nation on earth. His goal has always been to redeem mankind back to Himself through Christ, establishing His new Kingdom and abolishing the old one which has been ruled by the prince of this world who is Satan (John 12:31). God has chosen to give us a personal, and an amazingly significant role in His supreme plan of redemption (2 Corinthians 5:20). He has chosen to do it through His church even if that church consists of just two people (Matthew 18:20). Interestingly, Christ doesn’t even refer to the entity as “church”, but as “there I am in your midst” (pretty upfront and personal).
Christ’s prayer was that we would be one like He and the Father are one (John 17:21). If anyone responds to God’s good news the way God requires, he can then “abide in Christ” with the result being “much fruit” (ie. many others saved)(John 15:3-5). All authority has been given to Christ in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18-20). What political, or religious system for that matter, will ever deter God’s will? The Pharisee Gamaliel spoke particularly good wisdom on this in Acts 5:38,39 (27-42 for context).
On the personal level, can we not influence others for Christ without a compliant political landscape? Well, it’s not like it’s not been done before. And further, Christ promises we will run into opposition doing it (John 15:18-21). Even against the worst sort of persecution, political and otherwise, God has raised up churches – China for instance. In fact, often times the growth of His Kingdom flourishes in such hostile environment.
God will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail (Matthew 16:18). God started with a hand full of people and now He works with millions in every kind of political landscape possible.
The ‘church’ in America may very well be largely apostate on the one hand, but on the other hand there has never been a more fertile ground within which to plant the seeds of God’s word – even if it is by just one or two faithful people sold out to God and His loving motive. And here, we are free to speak!
Not sure I care as long as freedom of speach can be maintained in America’s ‘public square’. But, then, I sort of feel wimpy just saying that – you know, I like my comfort. …Stand up!