Here are a few responses! You might have seen them commented in other places but I thought I’d put them all in one place. All of these responses are from lovely people who I have found to be sincere believers.
I have my own thoughts but I’ll post it separately. Enjoy!
“I feel like God is always working in our nation (and everywhere) and a change that I’ve seen as of late is more and more people voicing that God’s church is more than what western Christianity tends to assume it is. The way we do things here is not any more Christian than the way Christians of other cultures do things. The kids and I have had talks recently about how easy it is to assume that our cultural beliefs or practices are biblical in root, simply because they are so entwined within Christian circles. When you look over the course of history there are so many things that we as Christians did, rules we followed, things we ignored… that I think it’s important for my kids to be critical thinkers and pay attention to what God wants compared to what people make it seem like God wants. I’m grateful that there seems to be more and more openness to questions within the church body. (Or at least in our corner of the world… I’m sure all churches are different. ” -Traci P.
If the Lord is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, then He is doing what He always does: offering the means and the opportunity for salvation and relationship with Him. No matter what is going on in the world, that remains the same. The church needs to give that feet. Rather simplistic I suppose, but we do tend to complicate things 😊And notice I said that the church needs to give that feet, not the government. I would guess that if you want a definition of a Christian nationalist, it would be someone who thinks the government should make that happen rather than the church. – Norma R.:
“It is a really big question. This might be a side-note, but I think a lot of how someone views the answer has to do with their views on eschatology. I’ve listened to post-millenials who are very optimistic because they think that God will transform this world into His Kingdom. Pre-millenials and amillenials are a lot more pessimistic about the future of this world as they anticipate the destruction of this earth and the establishment of a new earth. I would say I have definitely seen a downward spiral in our nation, especially in the last 10 years. Where 30 years ago, it was easy to be a Christian in America, it is becoming increasingly more difficult. But I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing. We are promised that tribulations will come, so I don’t think we should be surprised. And I think what that does is root out those who identify as Christians but have no real saving faith. If you think about the 20th Century, Christianity was a part of American culture… it was just what people did on a Sunday morning. But as the culture and the church become farther and farther apart, as the world has abandoned truth, the lines become clearer. There’s no easy-believism when you’re swimming against the culture. So I think what we’re seeing is a sifting of the church. Christians are being forced to choose whether they follow the ideas and philosophies of the world or whether we follow God’s truth. As far as what God is doing in our nation, it’s hard to know, just like sometimes it’s hard to know how He’s working in our personal lives. We know He is working, and we know He is faithful, we just don’t usually since the full picture until after the fact. The last 300 years, God used the American church in an incredible ways as a tool to fulfill the Great Commission, sending missionaries to the uttermost parts of the earth, creating organizations that meet practical needs of those who are suffering, and fighting evils such as slavery. It seems that in recent years, missions have moved away from the western world. We now see Africans and Asians being mobilized to share the Gospel in their own neighboring countries. I don’t know what that means for our country, except that even if our country continues to move away from Christ, His Gospel will still go forth to the nations, and I believe it is all part of God’s plan. The role of the church in all of this doesn’t change. We are commanded to stand fast, not to lose heart, fight the good fight, defend the orphan and the widow. And I do believe, as our world has abandoned truth, it is more and more important that we hold fast to the truth of God’s word with unwavering, uncompromising faith. Rejoice in suffering. Pray without ceasing. Speak the truth in love. We are to love God and love our neighbor. And yes, that does affect my political views, because even if this world is going downhill, I hope Christians will still fight to abolish injustices like abortion, will still fight against worldly philosophies creeping into the church, and will seek to make political choices that bring good and not harm to those around us. We are pilgrims and strangers in this world and our hope is not in our government or in this world, and righteousness is not legislated but only comes through the blood of Christ. But I believe we are to do what the Jews were to do in Babylon, to pray for and seek the good of the land that we’re dwelling in.” – Amy C.
“…We need to focus on what God is doing in us..not in the Nation. Like you say Amy, I have to ask myself, ” what I am doing as a believer? Am I obeying God’s word? Loving, serving, forgiving?? Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ..and when I humble myself and ask the Lord to transform me, then I am doing my part and let the Lord do the rest. His plans, His ways! Get our eyes away from what others are not doing but in what I am doing!!” –Yanelba P.
“To answer your question on what I believe God is doing in our generation, I praise God for His steadiness within the storm. In Max Lucado’s book “In the Eye of the Storm” he talks a lot about Jesus’ peaceful rest even when the storm was raging all around. Why was Jesus able to sleep through a “Cat. 9” storm? Simply put, he knew His Father had Him. I still feel that today. For the believer, God is there to see us through each and every storm that comes our way. And by storms I really mean conflicts. I struggle to remember and take to heart that truth. “He will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Especially when I am smoothly sailing along and BAM! get broadsided. It is almost like “I forgot He is in the boat.” I believe that what God is currently doing is calling to us that He is here, arms wide open to calm the cacophony of wind and waves to give us that security. And from that security be able to speak into others lives the Truth of Salvation. What it means eternally and what it means temporary. I keep coming back to Ephesians 4:2-3 “Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” –Mary M.