We can join God in faithful obedience to Him, or we can choose to stand in opposition to Him. A nation that acts in obedience to God’s commands need not fear judgment. However, any nation is subject to judgment if it sins.
Sometimes God troubles nations in an effort to alert them to their waywardness and the peril of continuing to ignore His moral commands. Such times of difficulty often provide Christians opportunities to contrast the culture and to guide people back to God. Disease is one way that God troubles nations.
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“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God” nearly became the motto of the United States. … Our founding fathers were convinced that Christians have an obligation to defend freedom and to resist tyranny. However, Romans 13 informs us that all authorities are appointed by God. Were our founding fathers misguided? How should Christians respond to tyranny?Read More
God’s grievance against the nation in Isaiah 59 was their rejection of truth. A culture of lies had been fostered, resulting in oppression and injustice. Truth had stumbled in the public squares, preventing righteousness from entering and provoking God to judge the nation. What does it look like when truth stumbles in a nation’s public squares?Read More
Responding to Disaster
When public tragedies took place in Jesus’ time, He used them as opportunities to call people to repent. Was Jesus insensitive to the feelings of His countrymen who may have feared for their own lives? Was He cruel and heartless to dismiss the felt need of hurting people who may have lost a loved one in the current calamities of His day?
Biblical Principles for Enduring House Arrest
Many of us are becoming restless. As Attorney General William Barr put it, “The idea that you have to stay in your house is disturbingly close to house arrest.” We want to be freed from our homes and return to some semblance of normalcy. These feelings are natural, but they may be distracting us from what God is trying to accomplish in our lives during this time….
Are God’s People Subverting His Message in a Time of Difficulty?
Is God’s message to America being subverted by His own people? In the midst of a pandemic, have His people replaced God’s remedy for an infected nation with something more palatable? It may be that we have claimed a promise that does not belong to us, and we are preaching a message that is unsuited to this crisis….
What Is God Saying through COVID-19?
In this current crisis, God is saying something to the Church and something different to the world. He is dealing with His Church and dealing with the world at the same time. … This crisis presents an opportunity for us as believers, to learn to be a real New Testament Church….
Celebrating Easter in the Shadow of Death
It is easy to think abstractly about Jesus’ sacrifice and his promise to resurrect the dead, but it assumes new meaning when we ourselves are facing the reality of death. … C.S. Lewis preached a sermon in 1939 titled “Learning in War-Time.” Lewis concludes that the threat of…
When Toilet Paper Becomes More Relevant Than Churches
Incredible as it may sound, access to toilet paper has become one of the most relevant issues for Americans in 2020. Faced with an unprecedented threat, Americans opted to turn to toilet paper—something previously taken for granted—for a sense of safety and security. How is it that when confronted with the prospect of death, society’s first reaction was…
Is COVID-19 God’s Reality Check for the Church?
Has society judged the value of social gatherings at churches to be comparable to that in beauty salons, fitness centers, movie theaters, stadiums, bowling alleys, and casinos? Could it be that society has weighed the value of our contemporary churches and deemed their message and services to be virtually irrelevant to daily life, offering nothing in a time of crisis that our country can’t live without?
Meeting the Threat of Coronavirus
Matt Bennett, Founder and CEO of Christian Union, wrote this article as the first of 40 daily devotionals produced by Day and Night to accompany its call to 40 days of prayer and fasting for America. “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour…
18 Things to Know about the Coronavirus
It seems everyone is talking about the coronavirus. This provides us ample opportunity to have relevant and meaningful conversations about the trajectory of our nation. But our conversations should be governed by facts. Below are some key truths to help guide our thinking and conversations….
A Message of Hope from a Chinese Christian to America
Not meeting in my local church building for Sunday worship because of the coronavirus reminded me of my church experience in China before becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. Our gatherings were forced to scatter; our meeting places were bulldozed; believers were threatened and arrested. Christians in China are still persecuted for their faith, resulting in a lot of unknowns for tomorrow among God’s people. Nonetheless…