Summary: When I look at the American political scene, I look at it biblically, not politically. The first few weeks of the new administration since the 2020 elections are causing great consternation among many Bible-honoring Christians. All signs point ominously to a strengthening, not a diminishing, of the barbaric practice of executing unborn babies in the womb. By a stroke of his pen, the new president has subjected the USA’s female athletes to the competitive presence of “transgendered”-but-biological males on the playing fields and courts…and in their locker rooms! Movements are afoot on the political Left that will further the destruction of traditional marriage and the family. I could name many more antiscriptural practices that are moving forward as a consequence of the liberal Left having taken control of the levers of power in Washington, D.C.
But for the Bible-believing Christian, I want to share some Scriptures and thoughts that will bring you great hope, despite the apparent continuing moral and spiritual decline happening in America. Take heart, believers! The news is good.
There is a very real God in heaven, the Almighty God of the Bible. He created the universe, including our world (Genesis 1:1), and He still rules it from heaven. Jesus the Son of God came to earth, died for our sins, rose again from the dead, and has returned to heaven. There He sits “at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:34). If you have come to God through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21), you have been born again spiritually into the family of God. Jesus Christ your omnipotent Savior is enthroned in heaven, loves you dearly, and is ever ready to graciously help you in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Faint not when you see the world careening towards moral destruction. The Lord Jesus Christ is on the throne of heaven and is on the side of all who love and serve Him.
The Son of God, Jesus Christ, is “Lord of all.” There is nothing that escapes His kingly authority. As you see events and signs of moral and spiritual decline in our beloved nation, be encouraged. Jesus, the “King of Kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16), has not lost control. And the context of those powerful titles of the Lord in Revelation 19 is His glorious Second Coming to gather to Himself all the redeemed and to punish the unrepentant Gospel-rejecters with “flaming fire” (2 Thessalonians 1:8). His followers will enter immortality and the beginning of endless joy in the presence of Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
So don’t be discouraged now if you see developments in the nation that are blatantly anti-biblical and anti-Christal. While on earth, the Lord told His disciples, “My peace I give you…Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid… In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 14:27; 16:33).
Satan and all his legions of wicked demons together cannot conquer Jesus’ Church. Jesus promised that He will build His Church, and it will not be conquered. As I write this in 2021, our Christian brothers and sisters in some other lands are under vicious persecution. Even here in the USA, in recent decades of my 77 years on this earth I’ve seen increasing persecution of and growing hatred of Christianity and its beautiful emphasis on holiness and a selfless, God-centered life.
Remember Jesus’ words above: “Take heart! I have overcome the world.” The overcomer is not Satan, not his demons, not Christ-rejecters or Christian haters. The overcomer is the Lord Jesus Christ! Receive Him, love Him, serve Him, and you are eternally on the winning side.
The kingdom of God speaks of the rule of God, the reign of God. In His perfect divine wisdom, He has decreed that right now in this life, as Jesus said to His disciples, “the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21, KJV). But there will come a day in the time of the end when the seventh angel will sound his trumpet and the kingdoms of this world will become “the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 19:15, NKJV).
So today, my fellow believers in Jesus, let the kingdom of God rule and reign in your hearts and in your conduct. For we know that one day the last trumpet will sound, and our “Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, KJV). For all who love God and serve Jesus Christ, the prayer “thy kingdom come” will one day be a present and eternal reality! That’s a comforting hope indeed.
Jesus clearly stated that His mission in coming from heaven to earth was “to seek and to save the lost.” And he did that through His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection again to life. As the great soulwinning apostle Paul wrote, that is “the Gospel” that saves (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Before ascending back to heaven, Jesus passed that evangelistic privilege and holy calling on to His followers throughout the Church Age. In sum, Christ’s Great Commission to His church is to win the lost and train the saved (Mark 16:15-16 with Matthew 28:19-20). Many theologians and Bible commentators believe that the Church will see massive end-time revival, with huge ingatherings of souls into the Lord’s salvation. I agree with those biblical predictions. A few years ago my wife and I heard in person two inspiring sermons by the now-late evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. He preached a faith-inspiring, prophetic message to the effect that America can be saved! I believe that and refuse to be disheartened by politicians’ decrees and cultural trends in America that seem to speak discouragingly of steady decline. Jesus’ love and power are bigger than that, and His heart is still to “seek and save the lost.” Let’s vow to work with Him in that noble task. If there’s one thing that can turn America back to serving the Lord, it’s national revival.
Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:12 that before the end will come (vs. 14), there will be an “increase of wickedness” (NIV) … “lawlessness will be increased” (ESV) … “iniquity shall abound” (KJV) … “sin will be rampant everywhere” (NLT). That certainly sounds descriptive of our day.
But the apostle Paul spoke of a great biblical principle that should bring encouragement and hope to every believer, even in seemingly dark times. Paul wrote that where sin increased, grace increased all the more. The free gift of God’s empowering grace will enable His Church in America and around the world to overcome Satan’s evil efforts, as Revelation 12:11 says, by the blood of Jesus Christ, by the word of our testimony, and by not loving our lives, even to the point of not shrinking from death (including perhaps martyrdom). As the Lord spoke to Paul in the apostle’s time of weakness, “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Hebrews promises us that Jesus will “come again” to bring the fullness of our redemption “to all who are eagerly waiting for Him.” In Luke 21, after He had prophesied some of the signs of the last days, Jesus told His people to lift up their heads, for their redemption would be drawing near as those end-time signs began to occur. Many believe that we are in those last days. I tend to agree.
Do not be discouraged when you look around you and see a rising tide of rampant evil. Remember: God Almighty is still on the throne … Jesus is still Lord of all … the gates of hell will not overcome the Church … “thy kingdom come” will be fulfilled … the Great Commission is still a noble task for us … grace will increase and abound in times of wickedness … and at just the right time, Jesus will come again a second time for His saved people!
Don’t look around, see a flood of iniquity, and then get discouraged and lose hope. We serve a hope-giving God. Seek Him for revival, personal and national. Tend to your own soul, your own life, carefully. Pray, read the Scriptures, repent as needed, obey the Lord’s leadings, and serve Him with all your heart.
Before the Lord returns to purge this earth of all iniquity, there is kingdom work still to be done. Take to heart Jesus’ devotion to winning the lost and helping the believers to mature in their faith. “Go ye into all the world” and live out what Jesus said that you are: the light of the world and the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14). We are “Christ’s ambassadors” (2 Corinthians 5:20) to a lost, dark world. Let’s not get discouraged and hunker down and give up. No! Let’s go forth, ready with His saving Word and emboldened by His Holy Spirit. This dark nation needs the light of Christ that you can bring to them. Let your cry to the Lord be that of the prophet Isaiah (6:8): “Here am I. Send me!”
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