I attended a meeting of several hundred evangelical Christian pastors last week. There was practically unanimous concern that our nation is on the brink of utter destruction. Rampant corruption, gross immorality, widespread violence and sexual perversion are but symptoms of a sick society that is described prophetically in Second Timothy chapter 3: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” (2Ti 3:1-4) One of the speakers was a pastor from a cowboy church in Texas. He wept as he compared our country to a disobedient horse ignoring God’s call to “whoa!” He feared that we may have already reached a point where the wrath of God would fall upon this land. I shared similar feelings with him, only I compared it to a capsizing sailboat that had already passed the tipping point.
David Barton of Wall Builders, also a Texan, was a speaker at the meeting. Anyone familiar with David knows that he is a treasure trove of American history and the Bible. He provided us some interesting information from researchers such as George Barna. Most importantly, that Americans are biblically illiterate and that the level of illiteracy increases among younger generations. Not surprisingly, Barton pointed out that even though evangelical Christians vote in great numbers, they don’t vote significantly different than the population in general. So, we have “Christians” voting for homosexual marriage and a President who asks God to bless Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Much of the blame rests with those in the pulpit. Research was reported that less than 3% of pastors preached a message about homosexual marriage or abortion in the year preceding the election. Our pastors, perhaps more interested in building their church than God’s church, would prefer to preach “seeker sensitive” messages about how we can be happy. So the theme of the meeting was to encourage pastors to “stand up” for biblical truth.
The group also heard from Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky. They both gave speeches supporting biblical values. While I’m sure that either would make a better President than the current jihadist-in-chief, I’m skeptical that, given the country’s current level of knowledge, either could get elected or that it just might be too late. It occurred to me that these speakers were preaching to the choir. Most of the pastors were well into their fifties or older. I saw very few younger pastors there. Who is going to reach the younger generation? Even if these older pastors do preach biblical truth, will younger people listen? Again, I’m skeptical. Sometimes I think that the only thing that will get the attention of these young folks is cold, cruel reality. That horse may need a case of divine whoop ass in order to get their attention. Perhaps the best that we can do is to pray for mercy and a miracle.
I was struck by the contingent of Texans at this Iowa meeting. Last week, brave Texans battled Satanists to pass the strictest pro-life law in the land. Perhaps, God’s grace will shine on Texas. It just may end up being the last free place on earth. Thinking of all of these Texans at the meeting, my memory was jogged to recall the phrase “Remember the Alamo!” It was a rallying cry for Texans fighting for their freedom to remember the brave men that died in defense of that freedom.