Believe what you wish about whether or not the United States of America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles; but there’s no denying that anti-Christian policy and propaganda have never been as bad as they are now, in the history of the nation.
The reason for this; for the decline of the republic; the collapse of our economy; the destruction of the nuclear family; and racial strife are all the same: evil prospers when good men do nothing. And for too long good men have done nothing.
One aspect of that is our lack of representation in the marketplace of ideas. The enemy’s spokesmen have been relentlessly using the freedom of speech granted them to peddle and regurgitate all manner of deception, while the church refuses to contend for the faith. When Christians don’t surrender the field without any resistance whatsoever, they certainly will once the debate gets intense. In either case, the enemy is rewarded with a monopoly on the spread of ideas.
Christians retreat back to their church buildings and other enclaves–the only places they feel safe to speak the truth. But the enemy has infiltrated there, too.
The enemy has perverted Thomas Jefferson’s defense of the First Amendment into meaning that Christians are not allowed to participate in politics or public discourse like everyone else. And even Christians are believing it, now.
Here are a few reasons Christians are approaching spiritual warfare the way the French Army conducted warfare in 1940:
- Belief that “turn the other cheek” countermands “contend for the faith.” (Jude 1:3)
- Ignorance–we haven’t prepared to give an answer for the hope we have. (1 Peter 3:15)
- Belief that “love” means not bursting bubbles or challenging foolish ideas.
- Belief that “love” means we can’t call out hypocrisy and evil the way Jesus did.
- Lack of zeal for our Lord and the truth.
This is precisely the worst point in history for the saints to drop our sword and flee from battle. I hope to elaborate on this problem, and suggest solutions, in posts to come.