Lord, Give Us An American Generation…
I suppose it would be more glamorous to pray globally. Don’t get me wrong. I am into global missions and truly echo God’s heart for the nations. I don’t think God is American or that we are His favorites. The thumb print of God on my life gives me a passion for the people of America. I am asking God to move in this generation in such a way that we raise children becoming adults who follow Christ with all of their heart, all of their soul, all of their strength, and all of their minds. Many American Christians today live a very compartmentalized form of Christianity making following Jesus more about religion than a redeemed relationship with the One True God. According to the Scripture, following Christ is about more than certain buildings on certain days of the week. In Luke 9:23 Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” Jesus isn’t simply asking us to go to church. Instead, he asks us to deny ourselves and join him in death and follow him where ever he may lead. That, is the essence of Christianity. Come and die and you will live forever. If the American culture was full of Christians who lived to follow Christ, the condition of the soul of our country would be much different than the status quo.
American’s have a difficult time denying themselves anything in general. This cultural reality makes true Christianity difficult. We are living in an America that my grandfather would find unbelievable. Rampant homosexuality, human trafficking, murder, abortion, domestic violence, and physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of friends and family characterize the American city where I reside . The statistics suggest that below the beautiful facade of American wealth lies disease and decay that is literally demolishing our great nation. Idolatry rules and reigns as we worship all of the “little g” gods with enthusiasm as a nation. Perhaps worst of all, many of our chosen leaders do not see fit to acknowledge the Most High God. I am reminded of Romans 1:28. “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what out not to be done.” Is this where the American people find themselves with God today?
I think a new day is coming. The answer is true repentance. Our nation has to turn away from sin and self and turn toward God. I don’t see this happening in tent revivals this time. I think it will happen in the most important place in any person’s life: HOME. I am praying for a cultural change in America that takes place in a generation. I am dreaming of a day that Christian parents in this generation would authentically demonstrate life in Christ and intentionally teach the Bible to their own children every day. What if the kids that are 10 years old now became a generation of Christ-followers who truly denied themselves to follow Christ? Everything could change as they live life through a truly biblical world view.
Psalm 78:4-8 presents a clear picture of how a culture can turn back to God. “…tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.”
Join me in praying for God to give us a generation of American Christ-followers. That generation may be growing up in your house. If so, tell them the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders he has done.