This article is largely by David Lane. He is the founder of American Renewal Project. We differ in that David is hopeful of a good outcome.
Whereas George Floyd’s tragic death and the sinfulness of racism are inexcusable from any point of view, they cannot and should not be used as an excuse for the massive, wanton and indiscriminate destruction and calculated anarchy that is currently taking place. And neither can the brutality and lawlessness be justified by the fact that America’s founding was established upon address of grievances and the right for public demonstrations.
In wondering where the support for revolution and terror in the streets of America is coming from, there is no question that the rioters have access to essential resources, including organization, know-how and funding … nationwide.
While we might assume that an independent news media and press would be eager to investigate who is inciting political and social turmoil in America, they, alas, seem to be complicit in wanting to remove at any price the 45th president of the United States on Nov. 3, 2020.
How did America get here?
The short answer is that secularism’s devoted priesthood imbued America’s youth with an ungodly set of beliefs through 100 years of public education, while the church remained idle and quiescent. The full extent of this iniquitous shift will come to light when we compare early American education textbooks and curricula, which concentrated on the development of virtue and character, with contemporary education’s focus on a godless origin of the universe and a resultant exaltation and normalisation of sin.
Let’s not forget that politics is downstream from culture, and that culture, in the words of Joseph Boot, is the public manifestation of religion.
Christians surrendered their biblical responsibility of rearing and educating their children to pagan secularists over the last century, which amounts to an inauspicious lack of observance to fulfil Genesis 18:19 (GW): “I have chosen him so that he will direct his children and his family after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. In this way I, the Lord, will do what I have promised Abraham.”
Returning to the question how America got here, an additional answer came last week in the form of a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by Van Gordon Sauter. The former two-time president of CBS News, a forward-looking liberal married to former California Treasurer Kathleen Brown, the sister and daughter of former California governors Jerry Brown and Pat Brown, provided an indictment of “the ‘liberal leaning’ media” as having “passed its tipping point: A return to balance would be commercially nonviable. The best solution may be an honest embrace of bias.”
Unfortunately, his accurate analysis didn’t provide a proposal how to correct or repair the situation, so we will offer one:
With his 30-year background in consulting, business and non-profit, Dr. Lance Wallnau puts the matter in perspective: “Listen, you guys who are Christians have an insider advantage on all of this chaos because there’s a system to how the world works.
“We wrestle not with flesh and blood but principalities and powers. That doesn’t mean that people aren’t involved; it means that there are devils and demons working through people, behind people and energizing systems. What Christians have never really understood, because we think that everything can be solved with a local church, a conversion, and the gospel being preached … well, it doesn’t work that way. Because at some point China was taken over by the Mao Revolution, and [they] killed all the Christians; same thing with Stalin.
“Now we’ve got enough churches, and enough Christian television and Christian books, TBN, DayStar … it’s not as though we don’t have enough talking, it’s just that we have very little impact. If you want to be very honest about it, the LGBTQ crowd, the race organizations, the ‘Borderless-America’ organizations, the anti-Israel organizations, they’ve done a better job of making disciples than Christians have, because we’re just kind of holding our own, and the other groups are converting.
“They’re institutional, they’re academia, they are in media, they are in Hollywood, they’re in government, in the courts, in law, and already they are in our churches pushing gay marriage and the LGBTQ agenda.
In summary, Wallnau’s assessment comes down to Jesus’ kingdom assignment as found in Matthew 16:18, His ekklesia, involving societal transformation as the major thrust of the Great Commission to disciple nations.
Two distinct religions are vying for control of America’s public square: eternal and immutable Christianity versus transient and mutable secularism. What’s happening is spiritual—two distinct religions cannot coexist as one will ultimately end in the destruction of the other.
God be praised that Gideons and Rahabs are entering the public square in the form of elected officials to local office: city council, school board, parks and recreation and so on. Will societal transformation occur over the next 20 to 30 years? David Lane is hopeful, but God’s word tells us “For then there will be great tribulation such as has not been seen since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” Matthew 24:21-22