“It seems that we have a small window of opportunity to imagine what a twenty-first-century nation beholden to biblical principles might look like and how to foster such a transformation, but with each passing day the chance of successfully doing so seems to shrink.” —George Barna
I don’t get it.
In fact, at times I feel that I’ve momentarily stepped into a twilight zone where all bets on reality are off.
Here’s my dilemma. Perhaps one you share.
How could a burning house be treated with such nonchalance?
Has an inexplicable loss of sight kept us from seeing the flames? Is it even theoretically possible that tens of millions of Christians have failed to smell the smoke?
Is it possible that, in a semi-comatose state, cozily snug in our insulated spiritual beds, we failed to notice the intensifying heat?
In some fatally distracted stupor, were we somehow deaf even to the screaming sirens around us?
I trust you’ll pardon my astonishment. But we do live in bewildering times.
What makes the bewilderment critical — and potentially lethal
from a cultural viewpoint — is that we’re now
standing at a crossroads.
The choices we now make as a nation — and the action we take or fail to take
— will reverberate like shockwaves for decades to come.
That’s why your partnership remains so vital. And why I want you and thousands of other committed, thinking Christians to be fully equipped for the challenging times ahead.
That’s also why I want to send you two key resources: America at the Crossroads: Explosive Trends Shaping America’s Future and What You Can Do about It, by George Barna, and A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World, by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle.
To provide you with just a glimpse of these insightful and practical resources, I’ve enclosed an insert with select excerpts.
And as someone who has committed my life to equipping Christians to think and live Christianly, I’ll strongly encourage you to get both of these resources.
Whether you devour them yourself, give them as gifts to
kindred spirits, or better yet, both, these resources are
definitely for kingdom change agents.
Why are they so important? Because if we truly care about the fate of America and the millions of lives that are being shaped by what we do as well as what we don’t do, here are some tough truths we need to keep in mind:
- Prayer is essential. But it’s not enough. As Proverbs 21:31 insightfully reveals, “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.” Merely praying and hoping for victory without doing all we possibly can to prepare for the day of battle could be a delusion just short of a death wish.
- Action is urgently needed. But not just any action. We don’t need more clueless Christians attempting to do their best. We need soberly informed Christians doing what is genuinely strategic.
In short, as I urge repeatedly, we need more Christians to wake up, stand up, and speak up.
Increasingly, our work together needs to harness all the media channels at our disposal to awaken broad swaths of Christian sleepers across America and get more heads out of the sand!
Once fully awake, we then need the heartfelt conviction and spiritual spine to stand against the tempest of forces tearing at the moral fabric of a nation tragically advancing in its decline.
When awakened and on our feet, we then need to courageously, purposefully, and persistently counter the cultural lies and rampant nonsense that systematically are eroding the very foundations of our most basic freedoms.
I’m fully persuaded that very few of us — myself included — can grasp fully the sheer magnitude of what is at stake as we stand at our current crossroads.
But I do know for certain that what we do — or fail to do — individually and collectively, will have lasting consequences. Not only for millions of God’s image bearers but also an entire nation.
With all my heart, I’m convinced that we stand at a hinge of history. And the clock is ticking.
What choice do we have? It is a choice that God has placed before His people throughout history:
“See, I have set before you today life and prosperity,
and death and adversity.” (Deuteronomy 30:15)
As we make our choices, please know that for all you do — and for all that your partnership means to me and the thousands we equip daily by standing together shoulder-to-shoulder — I’m more grateful than you’ll ever know.
Because Life and Truth matter…
P.S. Lamentably, some Christians avoid engagement with culture, feeling that somehow it’s not really “spiritual.” Thankfully, together we may yet have time to disabuse them of such notions. Is culture really important? Only if we want to keep our heads above water:
Like the ocean, culture is all around us. Just as fish swim in the ocean, culture is the water in which we swim….Also, like the ocean, culture has both seen and unseen elements. Though cultural undercurrents are invisible, they powerfully pressure us to conform to their collective assumptions about the world. Cultural issues, however, are more like waves: seen, heard, and felt. Understanding both is critically important if we’re to keep our heads above water.
—A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation
Navigate Today’s World,
by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle