It's easy to recognize the intense spiritual war going on in the U.S. right now. It shows up in our politics, our media, our classrooms and even our families. And as believers, we can't afford to ignore it.
In Charisma's November cover story, titled "The Spiritual Struggle for the Soul of America," I write about this war and how believers must respond if we want to see our nation choose a righteous path again. I believe the insights I share in that article will bless you, but since the article is so long and in-depth, I split it into three parts. In my last two Strang Reports (Part 1 and Part 2 of the article), I wrote about John Kilpatrick's prophetic word about Jezebel warring against Trump and Chuck Pierce's prophetic exhortation to align with God's will for this nation.
Today I want to share with you the final part of my print article, in which I share Dr. James Dobson's take on our culture's spiritual war. Dr. Dobson, founder of Family Talk Radio, is widely respected, so I was grateful to interview him for my latest book, Trump Aftershock. He says the solution to the culture war is spiritual.
"Most of the contentious issues that divide us are rooted in Scripture and theology," Dobson says. "Those of us on the conservative side aren't dealing with mere differences of opinion. We are trying to live by standards that are eternal and 'God-breathed.' Those principles are not negotiable. We must, however, defend them within the context of love for our fellow human beings. That is a given for followers of Jesus Christ. Our task is to defend our beliefs without insulting or wounding those with whom we disagree."
America stands again at a precipice. God is leading us to make better choices, just as He did with Israel. Moses and his people continued to wander in their comfortable, desolate wilderness and missed God's direction.
Here's what you can do now:
- Get involved. Speak up to friends and family. Complain when media or others espouse principles that violate Judeo-Christian beliefs. Get your pastor to mobilize your church to be involved. Join other interceptors. There are many groups. I recommend POTUS Shield, created by pastor Frank Amedia, which sends out prayer alerts if you text 313131 and in the message type "PotusShield." You can also call 641-715-0715 every weekday from 8-8:30 a.m. EST to pray with Monica Nagy. (Use the code: 436372#.) There's also an affiliated Facebook page called "Praying Believers."
- Vote and become a Christian values activist. Remember that James said, "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:20b). Kenneth Copeland reminds us we're in the mess we're in because Christians did nothing for too long. Support godly candidates when you can. Support officials who respect our values and oppose those who don't.
- Last but not least, pray. Intercede and pull down spiritual darkness. Books like John Eckhardt's Prayers That Rout Demons help you know how. The unbelievers can't. Nominal and liberal Christians won't. So it's left to those empowered by the Spirit of God, whose eyes have been opened to spiritual darkness, to stand in the gap for this nation.
So what's the answer? I believe peace and harmony as a people will only be achieved if another Great Awakening-type revival sweeps America in a spirit of repentance and commitment. Will this occur in light of waning church attendance and a generation of Millennials who seem less interested in matters of faith than their grandparents and other forebears? I don't know.
Revivals happened in earlier times, including the great Azusa Street Revival, the forerunner to the charismatic movement. Can it happen again? This should be our prayer for America and the world.
That would be the ultimate spiritual aftershock.
If you enjoyed this excerpt from my article in Charisma magazine, click here to buy that issue, and be sure to listen to my podcast below. You can also read more about what God is doing in America and through President Donald Trump in Trump Aftershock. You can buy the book now at trumpaftershock.com.
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