There has been a lot of after-the-fact election discussion and disputation from people of all different perspectives. What’s going on almost reminds me of the 1960’s and 1970’s except that now marijuana is legal in several states.
And while we may define the issues differently, we all seem to be in agreement that our country is in a state of moral and spiritual decline. Even the coach of the San Antonio Spurs has declared, “We are Rome.” He seems to be comparing the decline of the Roman Empire with what he sees happening in America.
What Christians need to remember is that Christianity spread during the decline of the Roman Empire. Christians today are quick to point to Romans 1:18-32 as descriptive of our day, but they seem to forget that those were the conditions during the days of the early church and those believers “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).
The early church appears to have believed in the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16) and they saw the conditions of their day as ripe for the preaching of the Good News. Today, many conservative, Bible – believing Christians seem committed to defending the gospel (which is always important) and defining the gospel (an absolute necessity) but they don’t seem so eager to get out and proclaim the gospel. Now is the time for such proclamation.
The early church was also committed to prayer (Acts 1:14; Ephesians 6:18-20; Colossians 4: 2-4; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-4). This kind of prayer fueled their evangelistic zeal and, no doubt, led to the fruit they experienced. Are conservative, Bible-teaching Christians committing themselves to pray like never before? Now is the time.
Back in the chaotic 60’s and 70’s many college students were saved because of the faithful prayers and gospel proclamation of believers. I know, because I was one of them. Chaos and confusion creates questions. The Bible gives authoritative and timeless answers. Let’s take the light of the gospel and point people to Jesus Christ.
Now is the time.