“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2)
It would be easy to become cynical regarding the present state of political affairs in America. With another election cycle upon us, and the seemingly endless barrage of political advertisements directed our way, frustration can certainly set in.
Our country is at a truly critical stage. Every way that we might be inclined to measure the state of the Republic we are found wanting. We are morally, spiritually, financially, and politically bankrupt. Obviously, we need a spiritual awakening, but the unfortunate truth is that an increasing number of residents in this great country do not seem to be interested in spiritual things.
Having said that, most of us should agree that giving up is not an option. As God’s people we are to be salt and light. So what can we do in such a time as this?
The greatest thing we can offer this dying generation is the gospel of God’s saving grace. As a rule, Americans seem to be more spiritually ignorant by the year. Many have not rejected the gospel; they have actually never heard the gospel. They do not know what the gospel is. If we are going to do anything to improve the state of affairs in our country, it should begin with compassionately, clearly and consistently proclaiming the message of repentance to God and faith in Jesus Christ.
James Witherspoon was the President of Princeton University and it has been said of him that he was personally involved in training 87 of the founding fathers. Witherspoon said this, “that he is the best friend to American liberty who is the most sincere and active in promoting true and undefiled religion, and who sets himself with the greatest firmness to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind. Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not to call him and enemy to his country.”
True salvation will make any person a better citizen. We need to work and pray and serve to get people saved. There are a number of men that we know personally who are working diligently in state and national houses of government to get the gospel to elected officials and seeking to lead them to Christ.
Not only is the typical American ignorant concerning the gospel, many are also ignorant about the principles that have made this country the great nation that it is. Far too many citizens of our country are not aware of the Christian heritage or influence in the earliest years and founding of these United States.
There is a profound need for conservative, Christian citizens to personally get involved. What can we do, in practical ways, to help influence the future of America?
- We can pray. We can intercede for our nation. We should pray for our elected leaders. We should pray often and earnestly for revival.
- We should lead godly, holy lives. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34) We are to be salt and light in our culture.
- America needs God fearing public servants and elected officials. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2) We would be wise to vet and support candidates that represent our Christian values. Obviously we should vote.
- We can seek to exercise influence through communicating with our elected representatives, and visiting them occasionally in the halls of government.
Complaining about the deplorable condition of our country is not enough; we ought to do what we can to be involved. One cannot overstate the importance of our influence.