The State of America; September 4, 2018

Romans 1:28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worth while to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.

This whole section seems like such a detailed description of current American culture that it’s depressing! It is naturally hated by those it most accurately describes, and was deliberately denigrated by a previous president as “obscure,” when it is entirely mainstream to Biblical thought. This particular verse describes the mechanism by which society got this way. Verses 18-20 talk about God’s general revelation to all mankind, but America was founded far more specifically on the Bible, as many documents of the time attest. Today, the Freedom From Religion Foundation leads the charge to deny that the founding fathers were anything more than deists at best, but that is an example of exactly what this verse is talking about. Once prayer was excluded from public schools the process accelerated at a great rate, as those who hate God have tried to keep others from even knowing about Him. The irony is that today, public expression of faith is much easier in non-Christian countries like Japan than it is in the US! There are challenges to discipleship in every nation, but today, American believers are being called to take their nation back from those who have almost succeeded in transforming it into something unrecognizable to the founding fathers,

Some American Christians view me as particularly “noble” for ministering in Japan, but in some ways I think it’s easier than trying to live in America. For example, I’ve never seen a “gay pride” parade in Japan, on TV or otherwise. I teach in a private school group that is by no means Christian, but I am free to pray openly for my students at the beginning of every class, and have done so for over 36 years. I follow events in the US on the Internet, and am heartbroken that the nation of my ancestors (for a few generations at least) has fallen into such dire straits. I do see hope at the present juncture, but I am certainly seeing that elections have consequences. I do vote absentee, and I sign online petitions and the like, but the most important thing I can do is pray. The election coming up in November is indeed a vitally important one, since on a human scale it will determine the trajectory of the nation for at least the next six years. I am to pray and encourage every disciple of Jesus in America to vote for those who will uphold Biblical principles, rather than allow those who despise the Bible and the God of the Bible to be ascendant. At the same time, I’ve got to remember that God is indeed sovereign, and pray His mercy on the nation. Passivity is not an option for a follower of Jesus Christ.

Father, I do get worked up over this, but the Bible is full of examples of saints who have done the same over things in their day. Help me remember that You are indeed God, and even as I am active in doing what You desire of me, to rest, relax, and rejoice in You, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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