It is said that one out of every three Americans are Christian. These statistics may mean less than at any other time in our history. Recently one source reported that in fact it may be only 15 percent of Americans are actually professing and practicing Christians. We can hope this is not an accurate statistic, but with so many believers going rogue, liberal and licentious, perhaps, sadly - it is!
The 2012 elections reflected the apostasy of both Catholic and Protestant believers. Whether it is the Bible or the current position of the Catholic Popes, abortion and same sex marriage are forbidden and in direct opposition to the word and will of God. So how did President Obama, a man who supports abortion and same sex marriages, sail unscathed into a second term?
The Catholics alone could have blocked Mr. Obama’s re-election bid with over 60 million Catholic voters, but they chose to go with the popular consensus rather than their own under-shepherd. What went wrong can be described in a single word – apostasy. The ‘falling away’ of the church is both prophesied and clearly defined, (2 Th 2: 3) but the product of the apostasy is so much more than a mere definition.
The apostate church is a divided church, and its product is weakness which allows the advancement of the opposing forces of darkness. The god of this world (Satan) is delighted with wishy-washy Christians and welcomes the trend to bend, to meet his agenda for the end. He is chomping at the bit to be ‘revealed’ to the world as Paul told the Christians in Thessalonica, but the believers have to ‘give it up’ for that to happen. Don’t look now, but that that trend is already a speeding train without brakes.
The world reads the wispiness of the believers as a lack of courage and a failing of conviction. We can hardly fault them for taking this view of us since our Lord himself gave us fair warning about salt that loses its ‘savour’ (Mt 5: 13) and workers who become ‘unfit’ (Lk 9: 62) because they are prone to look back. What could be more telling about Christ’s view of the vacillating heart than this verse spoken to all the churches?
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Rev 3: 15, 16)
Reason number one for blaming the Christians, the right or the conservatives when things go bad, like the recent attack in Boston, is because Americans are keenly aware of cowardice and they hate it!
They will argue tooth, nail and claw against our stated positions, but when we fold like a house of cards they will despise us even more. The line from our national anthem which says ‘o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave’ is based on the understanding that maintaining freedom always requires bravery. Are today’s Christians brave?