News these days is another school shooting, inflation, more hate crimes, shortages. The Colorado River crisis is threatening to put a strain on 40 million people who rely on it. Divorce rates are expected to be 44.2% in 2022. Homicide rates have increased by 2.5% over the last decade. Over 42 million Americans are going hungry every day. We are a country in crisis, y’all.
The problem is, we have been since the break of the century. Think about it. The Colorado River, for instance, has been suffering a twenty-year drought that has led to the shortage those seven states will face in 2023. None of these American crises happened overnight; they happened over time.
Where the Decline Started
Pew Research Center did a study that compared identified Christians in America in 2007 to identified Christians in America in 2019 and discovered a 13% decrease, and that’s only over the course of twelve years. Church attendance in the 1950’s was at 63.3%; in 2021, regular church attendance was 28%.
The decline of the church is correlated directly to the decline of the country. It’s no coincidence, guys. Satan has been pulling the strings on America from behind the curtain, and because we have been blinded by blaming political leaders and Constitutional rights, we have failed to see where the fault in this country lies: in the unbelief of the only One who can fix all this.
What America Actually Needs
For many, the answer to all these crises is better leadership. Some believed Trump was inadequate, so they voted Biden; now, Biden isn’t enough and we’re looking elsewhere for a better political leader. But let me tell you, no president can fix in a single term what has been building up for decades prior to his election.
For a monumental collapse of a civilization, we need a power that is greater than the civilization itself. America needs God.
In Second Chronicles, God says:
If we as a country, state, or even just as a city would gather in prayer like Jehoshaphat and all of Judah in Second Chronicles 20, the surrender of our cry for help and our faith in God’s provision would heal our land.
- God would end the twenty-year drought in Colorado:
“He [God] who gives rain upon the earth, and sends waters on the fields.”
– Job 5:10
- God would heal all of our shortages:
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
- God would restore our marriages:
“A man shall cleave to his wife and they shall be one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no man separate.”
– Matthew 19:5
- God would restore strength in our men to stand against wickedness:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
– Joshua 1:9
- God will soften our selfish hearts to help the hungry (for this demand will never end on Earth):
“For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’”
– Deuteronomy 15:11
The Good News
Identifying the real enemy (Satan) is the beginning of gaining power over him. Satan has taken America captive to poverty, suffering, lust, and violence. Not Biden, not Trump, not Russia invading Ukraine, not COVID. Satan has been puppeteering the collapse of our country for decades without us even knowing it.
“Therefore my people have gone into captivity because they have no knowledge.”Isaiah 5:13
Now that we know who we’re fighting, we know how to defeat him.
America needs a revival of the Christian faith.
Revival of the Church
Regular church attendance is vital in defeating the Enemy. The church is a powerful source of community, which every Christian needs when taking on the Devil. No one is more vulnerable than the lonesome cub. We need our pack, and the church is where we unite and multiply our faith. Think of it as our base of operations. From it, we plan peaceful movements against hunger, poverty, and so many other wounds in our communities.
Revival of Prayer Warriors
Prayer is often the last resort for believers when it should be the first resort. Prayer is our submission to God. Don’t mistake submission for weakness. When you get a glimpse of God’s might in the Bible, you understand that you are not worthy of standing before Him. Submission is about understanding that though we don’t deserve to come before God, through His grace we are able to.
On our knees in prayer, we make our requests known to God. And an incomprehensible peace overcomes us as God answers our prayers and says, “Fear not. I’ve got this. Watch me move.”
“Ask, and it shall be given you. Everyone that asks receives.”
– Matthew 7:7-8
Revival of Spiritual Soldiers
Acknowledging Satan’s presence in America is the beginning of casting him out. But in order to fight a spiritual enemy, you must be spiritually prepared. As Ephesians commands us, we need to armor up and go to battle against the Enemy. The Armor of God is Jesus Christ. Without Him in us, we are no match to stand against the Devil.
“Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against…the rulers of darkness of this world.”
– Ephesians 6:10-12
“God bless America” used to be an unofficial national anthem for a reason. God really had blessed America. But with schools, politics, and the generations following us forsaking God, this land of the free and home of the brave is becoming nothing but a land of captivity and a home to the Devil.
Instead of making America great again, let’s make it holy again. Instead of creating more divide through self-justification and self-righteousness, let’s unite under one God who loves all us sinners equally. Instead of running from God in fear of surrendering our own god complexes, let’s open our spiritual eyes and see the sake of our nation is beyond our ability to repair. The intervention must be divine, and for that we must lay down our pride and pick up our crosses. A revival of faith is the only way America will heal and prosper and become one nation.
One nation under God.
With healing and prosperity for all.