People say we are no longer a Christian nation, that Christian values no longer govern our policies, our laws, our daily lives. I agree that morality and civility have been on a steady decline going all the way back to the end of World War II. And that’s a bad thing.
But there’s an upside to that too. I can no longer say I’m a Christian, that I live a life pleasing to God, because I live in a Christian nation. I’m all alone. It’s just me and God now, one on one, face to face. That’s the way it was always supposed to be but we really want to identify with groups instead of with Jesus. We can live just like everybody else and still tell ourselves we are Christians if our nation, our society, our denomination, our Church claims to be Christian. But it doesn’t work that way. It was always a one on one thing.
We really want to keep it a group thing, to keep Him at arms length because we really think that if we let Him get too close He will pick us up by the heels and shake us till all the things we’ve stuffed deep in our pockets will come tumbling out on the ground. And He very well may do that. Because some of our stuff is bad for us. Besides our stuff will decay and melt and break down and rust and become obsolete. He wants to make room for His stuff because His stuff will not fall apart. His stuff is eternal.