by Warren E. JohnsonChristianity's Greatest Threat
Warren E. Johnson directs a prophetic ministry, Revelation 11:3, reachable at P.O. Box 40381, St. Petersburg, FL 33743-0381.
The 2000 national election found many disillusioned Americans still looking for political solutions to the many problems besetting our nation. Among them are some politically active Christians whose goal always seems to be to change the pulse of America's spiritual heartbeat with legislation. They tend to view legislation as the best vehicle for safeguarding Christianity.
Granted, Christianity has been under assault in America for several decades, and much of it has come from left-wing political activists, but neither they, nor the legislation for which they are responsible is Christianity's greatest threat.
Believe it or not, Christianity's greatest threat is from Christians- Christians who talk the talk but don't walk the walk. Their faith and effectiveness has become so diluted and polluted from sin and worldliness that it's becoming almost impossible to distinguish between them and the unsaved. Herein lies the lion's share of the blame for the moral decay and spiritual bankruptcy stalking America.
Now that moral decadence has reached epidemic proportions in our nation, these Christians are looking to their political leaders for legislative solutions rather than address the problems brought on largely by their own ineffectiveness. Sin amongst professing Christians is at the very core of the problems facing America, and until they look inward and repent, the status-quo will remain.
The world is hurting and hungry for answers. The Bible says the way of the transgressors is hard. Indeed it is, and as Christians we have the answer that can lift the burdens caused by sin. I can think of nothing more tragic than to see souls lost for eternity because Christians were more concerned about safeguarding Christianity than winning souls into the Kingdom of God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
One of the greatest revivals recorded in modern history occurred in the Hebrides in 1948. I am told that when this Welsh revival had fully come to a certain locale, not a single bar remained open. Closing the bars didn't bring the revival. The revival closed the bars! When Christians walk in the light as Christ is in the light, and earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3), God Himself will raise up political leaders who will want to provide legislation that is compatible with conservative Christian values.
We needn't concern ourselves in the least over the survival of Christianity. When we as Christians walk the walk as well as talk the talk, not even the gates of hell can prevail against the church of God in Christ (Matt. 16:18).