4 Biblical Ways to Handle the Insanity in our Country by Shane Idleman
Editorial note: None of these points are new. You can read more about each one in past articles at my website.
With severe governmental restraints, “woke” corporations influencing children, prices skyrocketing, and leaders who can’t define the word “woman,” we can easily become discouraged as “the wicked freely parade and prance about while evil is praised throughout the land” (Psalm 12:8).
Many are being crushed by the external pressures of life because their strength on the inside is weaker than the pressure on the outside. But there is hope.
1. Ask Yourself the Hard Question
To begin this journey of making a difference, we must look in the mirror and ask a hard question: “Is my spiritual apathy affecting the dire situations going on in our nation?” And, more importantly, “Could changing my spiritual course make a positive difference?”
We are waiting on God, but could it be that God is waiting on us? As I’ve said before, Costco carts are full but prayer closets are empty―stock options plummet, yet hearts are not breaking. We are angry but not desperate, mad but not humble, and enraged but not broken.
What will it take to break us? There is famine on the horizon but very few are hungry for God. The red, white, and blue cannot save us; only the crimson blood of Christ can: “Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity” (Joel 2:13).
2. Seek Him Like Never Before
As I wrote in Shootings, Sin, Suffering: What Can Turn America Around?, “America’s decadence and depravity—from mass shootings and extreme violence to sexual abuse and perversion—is a direct result of rejecting God.”
If drifting from God caused many problems, only returning to Him can fix them. Therefore, the next step to truly making a difference is to fully surrender your life: “The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you” (2 Chron. 15:2).
To seek in this context means to “find what is missing.” Have you lost your passion for God? It’s time to find it again. Imagine losing your child at a large event. Your entire heart would be engaged. How would you spend your time? Where would your energy be concentrated?