Most of you might be wondering why in the world am I quoting Abraham Lincoln? The reason is that not only is this statement true, but it’s also devastatingly sad because today, our country has been more divided than it ever has, other than the brutal Civil War.
Not only are we divided on our beliefs, but we are divided on whether someone can share their beliefs with others. If a Christian tells someone about God, that they must turn from their sins and follow Christ, we are considered “haters” and are “judging others.” Then, those very same people who don’t want us to be judging others, are in fact, judging us as well.
People call for equality and diversity in media from books to shows and movies. They call for the nation to show everyone love and acceptance and yet, at the very core of their being lies hatred and hypocrisy. They only want diversity as long as it’s about them – never about Christians. They only want love and acceptance for their lifestyles, not for Christianity. They call for tolerance and acceptance and love and yet show none themselves.
Now, our country is facing a crisis whether you see the coronavirus as a crisis or the hysteria it is causing as a crisis. Either is true or could potentially be true, at least. It is time for our country to ban together, to have and show true love and tolerance for others.
People often ask why God would allow such terrible things to happen if He is real? Let’s think about this for a second. People demand that God leave their homes, their schools, their country. Leave their states, their marriages, their finances. Leave their churches, their nation… They want God to be left out of it. That’s what they’ve been asking and demanding, isn’t it? For God to leave them alone, for Christians to leave them alone.
Then, when God withdraws his presence… they ask, “Where is He? Why isn’t He here?”
The truth is that God has not fully withdrawn HIs Presence. When that happens, all of His believers will be raptured out of here. His Presence still exists and the fact is that you and anyone here on earth with breath in their body still has a chance to turn back to Him. You have a chance to be saved, eternally, from death. To live free and unafraid, free from the fear of the coronavirus and free from sins and the troubles of your past.
That isn’t saying life will be perfect. No, Jesus reminded Christians in the Bible that we will face trouble and tribulation. We will, because we live in a sin fallen world. But at least we have hope. We have hope in Jesus.
Why is it so hard for people to put their trust in Jesus? What do you have to lose, by believing in Jesus? You have everything to gain – love, true joy and peace, freedom, and eternity – and nothing to lose if you choose to believe. But if you don’t, you have the risk to lose everything – your life and your soul.
Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. Most of you probably don’t care. Some of you may only be praying in times of need and crisis. The truth is that this nation needs God. We need to pray for God to be back in our lives, in our homes, in our marriages, in our churches, in our streets, in our schools. We need His Presence back among us and we need His help.
What point am I trying to make here, overall?
1) Don’t ask God and Christians to leave you alone, then be surprised when He does
2) Don’t ask for tolerance and give none yourself. Christians share God and the gospel because we love you. If you saw that someone was going to be hit by a truck, not everyone would try to save them, but most people would at least warn them. What would you do if that person laughed at you, and refused to believe that they were in danger? You would keep trying. Eventually, maybe you’d give up, but we can’t. People’s souls is at stake and so is eternity. Yes, I do believe that some Christians are too judgemental and go about it the wrong way. But most of us have good intentions – we want to save you and we are trying to warn you, trying to save you from making a huge mistake and spending eternity in Hell.
3) We as a country need to ban together. We need to stop being divided because “divided we fall.” Division will tear this country apart faster than the coronavirus can.
4) Do not be afraid. The Bible says that countless times. Brothers and sisters in Christ, God doesn’t want us to be afraid. He is in control. He will use the coronavirus to His purpose and will and turn bad into good – He always does. We have Heaven waiting for us when our time here on earth is done. We have hope. Do not be afraid. Now go out and share that hope with others because right now, the world needs it. The world is terrified, but they don’t have to be. Whether they listen to you or not, share the hope that you have through Christ with everyone.