My main reason for losing optimism is that I know that we deserve God’s judgment. Our continued slaughter of the unborn, embracing of homosexuality, addiction to pornography and drugs, and our abandonment of real justice are more than enough to trigger God’s wrath. It’s only because of His mercy, so far, that we still stand today.
Other reasons for my pessimism include the rapidly changing demographics, uncontrolled immigration, and a national disdain for God that continues to grow. We as a nation have done everything possible to remove God from the public square, the schools, sports functions, and even the shopping malls. Do we expect God to bless this? We have demonstrated a classic case of “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5).
Demographics may be one of God’s judgments. America as we have known it is fading away. There is no question about that and there is likely no stopping it. The combination of the immigration invasion and our low birth rate will create a new nation by 2050. At that time America will be about 50% Hispanic based on current trends and white Americans will for the first time be in the minority.
Our language is already under attack. Today, in certain parts of California, teachers are required to speak English and Spanish to be eligible for employment. Have you noticed that increasingly you have to choose a language now almost anytime you bank on line, use the ATM, or call a business?
The imported mores, religions, and lifestyles of America’s new citizens will change the social and political landscape forever and move us even further away from our Christian roots. If you factor in the frightening spread of Islam in America things look even worse. What if they become the majority? They are already taking over other nations.
We are reminded from Scripture that one of the ways God punishes His people is to allow them to be invaded by foreign people. Our immigration problem could again be His judgment already in motion.
Finally, my pessimism is exacerbated by the Church’s increasing anemia and monastic mentality. In general terms the Church has mostly lost its ability to influence culture. America has a church on every corner but what are they doing to instill a biblical worldview and cultural change in their surrounding neighborhoods? I realize some do, but I’ve been a culture warrior for thirty years and I just don’t see much godly change.
Things are not getting better at this point. We are at war with opposing worldviews, we are losing, and we don’t seem to be engaged. Churches have become increasingly self-absorbed and withdrawn from cultural combat. Can you name one area of life where Christians are winning?
This is a real war where real people die. We can’t just spiritualize it. The casualties include the millions of aborted babies, the victims of gang warfare, the teenagers who overdose on drugs, and the demise of the family through divorce.
I’m not trying to discourage anyone or say there is no hope. There is, but we have to do our part too. We have to lead by example. Christians divorce more than non-Christians. Christians get abortions. What does this say? Too many high level Christians are caught in heinous sins, as are many of the sheep. Addiction to pornography, drugs, and adultery are not uncommon in the pews and pulpits. What does the world see when they look at us? What answers do we really offer them?
My point is that we better quit waiting for the rapture or waiting for someone else to do something. This is not a biblical option. We must get our heads out of the sand and prepare for the judgment because it’s coming. We have a responsibility to warn our neighbors with the hope they will embrace the Gospel.
Freedom doesn’t live in a vacuum. A price is always required. We must repent, pray, and do what the Gospel demands: Make disciples of the nations.