A New America?

Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.  (1 Peter 4:19 ESV)



   

This is the last verse in the fourth chapter of the book of 1 Peter.  In a real sense it summarizes the entire chapter and even the entire book/letter of 1 Peter.  It also summarizes what is now or soon will be the society in which we live. 

Anyone with their ear to the ground …actually, anyone with an ear at all has heard reports which tell of our “rights” as Christians that are being tested; some even blatantly seized.  The America of 20-50 years ago is definitely not the America of today.  That America was one in which “Christians” basically pulled the strings, and they did it by pulling the lever in the voting booth.  We voted for leaders who would stand for what we believed and would promote “morality”.

But like a child that gets everything he wants and cries and throws temper tantrums if he doesn’t, we too had gotten used to the government catering to our wants and cowering to our wills.  But those days are gone…and the sad part is we are not realizing it, nor are we, at least in my estimation responding properly.  We are acting and operating as if it were still the good ol’ days in America…  But it’s not! America is different now, and Christians need to comprehend that most important fact.

I am certainly not saying that we should help usher in an anti-Christian era by lack of action on our part.  Yes, we should “stand up for our rights” (at least the few we have left), vote for leaders who will glorify God, etc… but we have to think differently now; we have to think like the believers in 1 Peter were instructed to think; we have to think as if we are aliens in this land (we are), we have to think like God wants us to think when He has brought persecution upon His church.
This is what I will be writing about in weeks to come.  No, I don’t think for a moment that anyone is salivating at the thought of me writing, but for my own sanity and edification if nothing else, I will share some biblical thoughts on how those alive in Christ can and should respond in an anti-Christian society.
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