I remember growing up hearing sermons about the coming day in which Christians in America would be marginalized, even persecuted. I also remember thinking these were sensationalist claims that were intended to bring about an emotional response in the congregation (of course, these thoughts were not worded as such, but the general idea was there). Now, I am not so sure about my skepticism.
The decline of American culture has accelerated to a great degree over the last 10-15 years. The most obvious example of this is the turning of the cultural tide concerning “gay marriage.” According to Gallup, support for the legalization of “gay marriage” was at 37% in 2005, with 59% opposed. These numbers are essentially flipped just ten years later (60% for, 37% opposed).
My greatest concern over the Supreme Court’s ruling is in the response I have observed among the church. Facebook posts I have read and conversations I have heard reveal a church that is still looking for a political solution to our culture’s ills. We anticipate the next election, organize petition drives, and plan boycotts. If we can just get the right candidates… If we can just get people to vote… If we just had better justices in our courts…
I cannot help but to ask, “What will it take to drive the church to her knees in prayer and repentance?” If direct attacks upon the God-given institution of marriage do not cause us to cry out to him… if the slaughter of millions of unborn children does not cause us to cry out to him… if the sexual exploitation of children in the human trafficking industry does not cause us to cry out to him, then I shudder to think of what will.
Dr. A. T. Pierson once said, “There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.” Of all the Facebook posts I have seen, and the conversations I have heard, I cannot recall an attempt to call God’s people together to earnestly plead with our sovereign and mighty God in repentance for the awakening of our neighbors and nation to their need of him.
There is no reason to expect that revival may come apart from extraordinary prayers offered by his people. If you are truly heartbroken over the increasing godlessness of our culture, will you join with like-minded brothers and sisters and pray?