It’s hard to believe that we’re about half way through the month of January 2016, but as far as I’m concerned, I’m glad to see 2015 finally slip away into the rearview mirror.
I’m not sure I can remember a single year in my lifetime in which Christians witnessed greater chaos, moral deterioration, or downright evil than in 2015. Three of the biggest stories last year illustrate this:
(1) The persecution and murder of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere at the hands of radical Islamists. Who can forget the photo of brave Egyptian Coptic Christians, clad like criminals in orange jumpsuits on a beach in Libya, about to suffer beheading at the hands of members of ISIS? According to Open Doors, a religious persecution watchdog group, 2015 was an “unprecedented year” of persecution against Christians worldwide.
(2) The overthrow of natural marriage by the highest court in our land. In an act of absolute defiance against a holy God and an arrogant dismissal of the laws of nature, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 margin, decided that the Constitution required the elevation of homosexual marriage to legal status.
(3) The revelation of the barbaric practices of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion services provider. A series of undercover videos revealed that the ghoulish group is selling the body parts of unborn babies like a junkyard sells off old Fords and Chevys piecemeal.
Will America survive? Can its moral and cultural disintegration be hindered – or even reversed? What’s to be done?
Only God knows the answer to the first two questions. However, Christians certainly should know the answer to the last one: Followers of Christ must be willing to be salt and light in an increasingly corrupt and darkened world.
During World War II, there was a sense in which everyone in America fought against the wickedness of fascism in all its forms. It wasn’t just the men and women in uniform. Our efforts also involved those on the homefront – those working in factories, conducting scrap drives, buying war bonds, and a host of other activities that made victory possible.
AFA is often characterized as being on the frontlines of the culture war, and I think that’s accurate, although obviously we’re not alone. But we’re digging into the news, interviewing members of Congress and other leaders in the political realm, providing information and context to what’s happening in America, encouraging supporters to get involved, and yes, absorbing the slings and arrows of those who despise our efforts.
In many ways, our supporters are busy going to work, raising families, showing up at school events – and a myriad of other responsibilities that keep our society glued together. They’re doing their jobs in an increasingly stressful environment.
They don’t have time to do what we’re doing, but on top of their other responsibilities, they also help us get our job done. Those at the battlefront cannot last for long without the efforts of those on the homefront.
I’m honored to work here at AFA, and I’m proud to serve with the courageous folks that serve on the homefront. I cannot and will not surrender America to the spiritual darkness that threatens to swallow up our nation.
May God grant us revival in the church, a return to righteousness in America, but above all, the grace to remain faithful regardless of the outcome.
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