"The key to understanding the Bible is to look for Jesus in the Bible. Jesus is the hero of the Bible. If you read the Bible and don't find Jesus, re-read it! The Bible has one hero, His name is Jesus; one villain, that is Satan; one problem, that is sin; one solution, that is salvation. That is what the Bible is all about." -Dr. Adrian Rogers

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It Starts With You

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.
Psalm 33:12

This nation is in a moral crisis. Notice I didn’t say that I believe that this nation is in a moral crisis. This nation is in a moral crisis, whether we believe it or not. Last week I wrote about the role of the president of this great nation; however, today, I am writing about the role of the people of this great nation.

In America, it is all about “we the people,” isn’t it? Then what must we the people do in order to take back this nation for Almighty God? The answer is in the above passage of Scripture. Every individual must acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord of his life. If every red-blooded American would do that, this nation would be unstoppable. However, like I have always said, whether this nation rises or continues to fall is left up to God’s people. If Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life already, my friend, you must start living like it.

Let me ask you a very important, very personal question: What dictates the decisions that you make? Or should I say who dictates the decisions that you make? Is it you? Is it your family? Is it your friends? Is it the general public? Or is it God and His Word? This nation is in a moral crisis. You want to know how I know? I know because I have read God’s Word and it tells me that murder is wrong (Exodus 20:13), yet we as Americans have legalized the murder of our own unborn children. In many states, it is legal for two men or two women to come together in an immoral relationship and call it marriage, even though God said in the beginning that marriage is to be between one man and one woman, for life. America is in a moral crisis, and it is all because people have allowed someone other than God to dictate the decisions that they make every day.

Billy Graham once prayed this prayer, and it describes the condition of America today perfectly:

“Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.”

So what must we do to fix the problem that we ourselves have created by becoming silent? If you are a born-again child of God, I suggest you start listening to your Heavenly Father and stop listen to your fellow man. As Adrian Rogers used to say, “Get a bulldog grip on the truth of the Word of God.” Speak up for His truth and speak out against all evil. If it means you have to stand alone, stand alone. But never compromise the Word of God.

Fellow Christians, we are going to have to change this nation one person at a time, and it starts with you. We must be changed as individuals before we can be changed as a nation. Have you acknowledged Jesus Christ as Lord of your life? If you have, obey what He says and tell everyone you can about Him. If every born-again child of God would do what God intended him to do, I have no doubt that we could set this world on fire for Jesus Christ in a record breaking amount of time.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, I beg you to come to do so today. Simply repent completely of all sin and trust Christ alone to save you. If you will do that, He will save you today and keep you saved forever.

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