I hear Christian leaders on radio and television abandoning their belief in God’s calling on America. They are shifting away from the historical fact that God made a covenant with the nation of America, not the Christians in America. God directed the Puritans through prophecies to leave their homes in England and settle in New England where He could create a new nation and reformed churches, cleansing out the corrupt government and church structures found in England and the rest of the world. Chapter two of my book, Winning the Culture War, presents the historical proof for God’s covenant with America.
God does not want the body of Christ in America to abandon His covenanted nation. His callings are irrevocable, and we will be disobedient if we, American Christians, turn away from America and its role in God’s plan for the future. He said it was our nation that was to be a “City upon a Hill,” not American Christians. That does not mean Americans will all be holy, but it does mean Christians have a responsibility to be “salt and light” in our nation and its institutions. It is not our nation that has failed God, but American Christians who have failed Him.
The churches and Christians in America have failed God by focusing their attention on Jesus’ return. By believing Jesus is going to return in our lifetime, we have failed to be salt and light to the culture. We have practiced escapism, meaning we have avoided the persecution that accompanies letting God use our voices and examples in the major institutions that influence society. Christians have isolated and become moles, failing to let God use their talents and leadership skills to influence the education system, the entertainment and new media, unions, government, courts, and churches. If they do enter these institutions, many become passive and hidden because they think they just need to wait out their time until Jesus returns.
America is in the secularized state it is in because Christians have failed their nation and God. They have forgotten the covenant of their founding ancestors. The Puritans, Pilgrims, and founding fathers are the ancestors of all citizens of America, no matter from where and when their family originated. Americans become part of God’s covenant with our nation when they arrive and become citizens. American Christians have the responsibility to maintain and retain God’s calling.
God’s calling and covenant mean our nation is supposed to be an example to the world of God’s goodness, mercy, and justice and how God blesses a people who honor and practice His principles and values. If our nation restores our covenant with God, It does not mean everyone in our nation will practice Christian morality, but those moral principles would become the culturally agreed upon moral principles for behavior. This would provide an absolute standard that could restore order and diminish the violence and lawlessness that has grabbed our nation.
How can our nation restore its covenant with God? Some years back I would have recommended that Christians focus on a long term plan to train Christian Culture Warriors to enter the most influential institutions of our society to begin a process of restoration. Now I believe we will need a revival for Christians and a spiritual awakening in our nation to initiate the larger plan. It is the responsibility of American Christians to pray for a 21st century great awakening, releasing the Holy Spirit into the culture to bring many to salvation. We need a spiritual awakening to drive Satan back into hiding as happened in the 18th and 19th centuries.
We had some spiritual revivals in the 20th century, but they were only partially effective because of weaknesses and misconceptions of many sincere and not so sincere spiritual leaders and the material distractions of many believers. The devil found ways to distract and mislead many of those who committed their lives to Christ. This time we need to pay the price and hold onto the power and direction of the Holy Spirit to allow God to recharge our nation spiritually.
God’s purpose for an awakening in America would not be solely winning many to Christ. The two major awakenings in American history prepared the way for the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, which increased justice and freedom for all Americans. God had a purpose beyond salvations; it was also to accomplish His historical plan for our nation and the world. We were a light for His justice and freedom to all nations throughout the world because He hates injustice as well as wants all people to have an opportunity to be saved.
This 21st century awakening would also have an historical purpose, beyond salvations, to restore, renew and strengthen His covenant with America for whatever its role in God’s historical goal. He is not revoking His covenant with our nation but renewing it. An awakening will lead to a saturation of godly principles in the most influential institutions of our society. It will help restore the previous, strong influence of Judeo-Christian principles in our culture.
The awakening will begin by a revival in the body of Christ in America that will through the sovereign activity of the Holy Spirit spark a great awakening throughout our nation. God is presently looking for Christians like the Pilgrims and Puritans who will be obedient in prayer to begin with and then be willing to obey the direction of the Holy Spirit. We need to ask the Father to send His Spirit to put flesh on the dry bones of America. We need to seek Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We are at His mercy because we have no power in ourselves to cause a revival and awakening. God help us in our weakness to sovereignly reach beyond our power to perform His will.
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