We live in desperate times, don't we? Sometimes I catch myself thinking that this must be the worst time in all of history.
That’s why I was fascinated to read that one medieval historian picked the year A.D. 536 as history’s worst year. That's when a volcanic eruption in Iceland flung Europe, parts of the Middle East, and Asia into 18 months of plunging temperatures, fog so thick that the sun could not be seen, dying crops, and starvation. The Plague of Justinian followed, killing over one-third of the population of the Eastern Roman Empire.
So yes, things can get worse. Just consider our own history from the last century: the brutality of World War I, the untold numbers of military and civilians deaths of World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, and the anti-war movement that included the burning of U.S. cities and clashes with police, the assassinations of various American leaders, the struggles of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s, and the Watergate scandal that caused the downfall of a president.
Sometimes in the chaos of our present crisis, we tend to forget that securing freedom and liberty requires sacrifice from every generation, including our own.
Like those who have answered the call before us, we are being called to fight for the future of our nation.
Today, our enemies are the atheistic, Marxist-driven, "progressive" forces who want to destroy any remnant of allegiance to Judeo-Christian principles and morals in any arena of American life, including government, education, culture, family, business, entertainment, and more.
Right now, these vicious radicals are running riot in our cities and towns and whipping up racial and political division as deep and as ugly as we have seen in 75 years.
But they forget what we must remember: Jesus Christ is our living hope, both for us as individuals and as a nation.
As we enter into the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons – both of which are historically grounded in the gospel – let us remember that at this point in history, America is still blessed.
We are blessed because we are still free to proclaim God's eternal truth, a Truth that came to Earth to live among us and suffer the penalty of sin and death on our behalf. To announce that truth is a rare privilege in human history - one that we must never cease to exercise.
Will our republic last? Are we witnessing what one conservative Jewish commentator called "the great unraveling" of America?
Only the God of history knows, and He has not told me. But I do know this: AFA will not desert America in her hour of great need. I can assure you that, while we still have the freedom and resources, AFA will fight to maintain this republic and the biblical foundations upon which it was built and depends for its survival.
Folks, the power of God is very real and at work in America! If you were here in the room with me, we would lift our hands to heaven in thanksgiving and commit ourselves again to spend the rest of our lives working for His kingdom and proclaiming that He is the only hope for the world, for America, and for ourselves.
What better time than Christmas to proclaim that message? To help you do that in your community and in appreciation for your generous financial support of AFA's mission, I want to send you 10 of AFA's 2020 Christmas buttons. These little buttons that declare the truth of the ages have become an AFA Christmas tradition, so please, "wear 'em and share 'em."
And begin praying now for an opportunity to give a button to a family member or friend who needs to hear encouraging news about Jesus. They are such an easy way to begin a conversation about Jesus Christ at a time when so many around us are bewildered and fearful about life.
Let’s do this for the sake of our world, our nation, our communities, our families, and our God.