Is America worth saving?
by Tim Wildmon
Is America worth trying to save? Save from what you might
ask. Is America worth saving from self-destruction? Maybe that's a better
question to ask.
The next question must be: How do we save America? Being
active in the political arena, being a good citizen and being a productive
member of society are important. But prayer is a key that we must not neglect.
A group of Christian leaders have come together to offer 40 Days to Save
America, a plan for believers to pray daily for our nation during the 40 days
leading up to the November elections. (For more information visit
Civilizations have risen and fallen through the ages.
Countries have been birthed and countries have died. I believe the United
States of America was birthed by the God of the Bible primarily for the purpose
of advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ both here and around the world unlike
any other country in history.
Even before we won our independence from England, the
Christian faith had begun to spread like wildfire across the land. My dad, a
United Methodist minister, used to tell me stories about the legendary circuit
riders who later traveled on horseback to evangelize the new nation. These men
would brave whatever was in front of them to carry the message of Jesus Christ
throughout the New World. Other denominations trail blazed the gospel as well,
and soon our country became recognized both here and abroad as a distinctively
Christian nation. The evidence was so overwhelming that in 1892 the Supreme
Court wrote in the Church of the Holy Trinity v The United States: "These,
and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial
declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation."
Our country has known freedom for the individual unlike
any other country in history. Quite frankly, the idea was novel that people
could govern themselves. In order for freedom to be sustained, the masses had
to be willing to act morally and lawfully by their own volition or else society
would crumble from within. The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount
were how we judged good and evil, right and wrong. Some of that still remains,
but respect for those teachings and reverence for the God who spoke them is
deteriorating at a very rapid rate.
In modern day America, there is very little shame
anymore. Most Americans have lost their fear of God. We are on the road to
Secularists mock the idea of God. Judges forbid even the
acknowledgement of God in many public places. Many in the media elite make fun
of Christians. The entertainment industry promotes sex without moral standards
day after day, movie after movie, song after song - influencing our youth
beyond measure. Try to raise any objection to this tide of immorality and you
are quickly shouted down, ridiculed, and called a prude, a hater, a religious
nut, a censor or a fundamentalist.
What we are experiencing today in America is unbridled
selfishness and licentiousness, and the results are manifesting themselves in
many terrible ways that will only get worse if things don't change.
For the Christian in America today, there is only so much
we can do. Only 43% of our fellow countrymen go to church today. We are now
outnumbered. But that which we can do, we must do. We can pray to God that He
send revival to America. We can continue to build strong Christian families. We
can put our denominational barriers aside when there are issues that affect the
moral health of our nation. We can continue to hold high the standard of
righteousness, even if we are rejected by the world around us, and we can vote
for candidates who best reflect our values. There are no perfect candidates,
but we are a nation of laws so we must elect the best available lawmakers to
govern us and then pray for them and hold them accountable.
So to answer my own question, yes, America is worth
trying to save. For our children, grandchildren and generations to come. There
is nowhere else to start over. There is no other New World to which we can