I am weary of trying not to offend others. I have come to conclude that is a burden I have not been called to carry. So I lay it down.
I have been asking myself how we got to where we are. I believe it is to some degree due to governmental policies and Supreme Court rulings. But these things have not happened in a vacuum.
A nation that was forged by and founded on Biblical truths and divine absolutes has declined to such an extent that its citizens have discarded such ideas as primitive and superstitious. What is retained of God's standards of morality are reduced to what is socially palatable and politically correct. "Everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes." (Judges 21:25
All the while the majority of Christ followers in America have enjoyed the benefits of our founding father's prayers and sacrifice while offering neither of our own. We have fiddled while Rome has burned. Now we point fingers at others and appeal to God to return us to the environment we once enjoyed where we can be comfortable and complacent again.
The church has become impotent by forsaking the source of her power in exchange for tolerance by a society that is increasingly hesitant to be so. We have traded the bold and confrontational truths of God's Word for a desire to fill our houses of worship with people who do not pray, do not tithe, do not witness and are unwilling to commit. We have, by our desire to be tolerated, lost our seat at the table.
The light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train. It is the reality that the church was birthed and thrived in contention and public opposition. Early believers were forced to live out their faith or defect. The truth is that the church in America has lagged behind His followers in other countries in powerfully changing lives for decades now. God is moving in supernatural ways in places where He is least tolerated. He is radically transforming individuals, families and villages where persecution of His children is certain. If opposition is what it takes to make the church in America a force to be reckoned with again then the best days may yet be ahead of us.