Preemptive surrender has never really been what you’d call a winning strategy. [Insert French army joke here.]
Yet that’s exactly what Christians in America have been conditioned to do for a very long time now. For many generations we’ve become increasingly sold on the notion that everything here on earth is destined for darkness. It’s all doomed. It’s all lost. So why bother polishing brass or rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic? (See: Encouragement from Satan.)
For all of my life, American “Christianity” has been largely defined through an “it’s all going to hell anyway” understanding of things. From wildly popular Hal Lindsey books and Omen movies in the ’70s to Left Behind film reboots of just last year, American Christianity has been captured and fundamentally compromised by the enemy through prophetic/”end times” views that were utterly foreign to the Pilgrims and Puritans who risked everything to plant the seeds of America because they actually believed in the life- and culture-resurrecting power of the Gospel-fueled Great Commission.
Where modern American “Christianity” concedes art, law, civil government, economics, and
pretty much everything else to the uncontested rule and inherent corruption of unbelievers, the worldview and work of the Pilgrims and Puritans made no such concession. (See: The True Gospel Conquers Everything; The Modern American “Gospel”…Not So Much.)
It’s as though those Pilgrims and Puritans, flawed though they certainly were, still were inspired by the grace of God to actually believe in the Great Commission. It’s as though they actually believed what they were told by their Lord to pray:
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven. . . “
~ Matthew 6:7-10 (emphasis added)
May God grace His people here and now with the faith to not only pray these words, but to believe them…and act accordingly…all by His grace, all for His glory, and all to our eternal benefit.
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