Fulfilling Our Biblical Duties to Transform the Culture, Educate Our Children, and Protect Property
God has given His people a mission. Like Jonah, most are running away from it.
1The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2“Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. (Jonah 1:1-3)
Jonah ran away from the mission God gave him. Similarly, God has given a mission to His people in America, and, like Jonah, the church in general has failed to do what God has called us to do.
Jonah was go to and cry against the wickedness of Nineveh. It was a pagan, immoral, evil society. God has called us to cry out against the pagan, evil, immoral culture that has been rapidly growing in America. The modern society not only flagrantly breaks the Ten Commandments with abandon, but declares anyone who believes and lives according to God’s liberating principles is to be canceled or persecuted.
Many people have been praying and repenting, asking for God’s mercy upon America. This has been, at least in part, precipitated by rising immorality (including the radical homosexual and trans movement), the enacting of many bad laws, the loss of liberty under COVID restrictions, the destruction of businesses and cities by leftist groups, the illogical “woke” movement, and the increasing acceptance of socialism especially among the youth.
We have witnessed the persecution of bakers, florists, photographers, and others for standing upon their conscience and Christian convictions. Those standing for life are threatened with jail for exposing the abortion death mills. We have seen government officials telling the church how they can fulfill their biblical duty to worship – deciding if that can gather, how many people can gather, and whether they can sing. Our God-given rights have been violated and our responsibilities usurped by modern-day Caesars.
America needs to repent. Certainly the lost need to repent before God, and consequently we need to speak God’s truth to them. But repentance in America must begin with the church – God’s people. Like Jonah, the church has been running away from the mission God has given us. The mission is to preach God’s truth to Nineveh, which represents the pagan, secular culture that is increasing in the nation.
Repentance is much than verbally acknowledging our wrong-doing. It is much more than a spiritual exercise of “wearing sack-cloth” and fasting. Repentance is a change of mind and way, and a return to our work and duty from which we had turned aside. It is doing that which God calls us to do. Jonah repented and went to Nineveh and proclaimed God’s truth. Under his preaching, Nineveh repented – they not only cried out to God in sackcloth (Jon. 3:5-8), they also did the works of repentance (Jon. 3:10). We must do the same.
What are the works of repentance we must do in America today? In the message in the following link, Stephen McDowell presents three primary things that we must do in order to bring long-term permanent change in the nation.