On this 239th birthday of (old) America, there can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that our country is completely different than the one that the founding fathers envisioned.
Beginning in the 1960s, powerful forces have worked to transform America from the land of the free-thinking and free-speaking to the land of the emotion-driven. A very similar transformation happened in Germany immediately prior to the Nazis taking over that country.
While our culture’s propaganda battle ensued, the moral majority hit the snooze button. Only now are they suddenly waking up to find that it’s almost too late.
They underestimated the power of the elite who control the media, academia, and yes, Hollywood. They underestimated the power of Hollywood’s influence on their children, and now, their children are waging a war against their standards of morality.
While growing up in Egypt in the 1950s and 60s, I witnessed how Nasser, the country’s dictator, used the media to create a “group think” throughout society. Now I am feeling déjà vu all over again.
Although many Americans feel ambushed by last week’s Supreme Court decision, many of us who had already watched this play out in our own countries of birth had sought to warn the public again and again. However, we were written off as alarmist, often by good people.
Now everyone has seen how five unelected individuals can shred the Constitution.
It’s time to wake up.
Or is it too late?
A generation that is biblically and historically illiterate, a generation that has replaced logic and reason with emotions and feelings, has given us people who shrug their shoulders and say, “If you can’t beat them, join them.”
And it is hard to resist the onslaught. The media throws around words like “equality” and “discrimination” and “love wins.” Their deceptive words seem true and pure, but they are actually an endless flow of mud into a once-pristine sea.
So what is the answer?
We must unite and resist this mudslide that is destroying democracy in America.
This is not just a political shift; this is a spiritual turning point for our nation. People of good will—and not just those who identify themselves as Evangelical Christians or Conservative Catholics or Orthodox Jews—must fight back.
But that will require sacrifice—sacrifice of time, talent, and treasure.
One of the major impediments to doing this in the past has been our quest for comfort and financial security. These are things we have placed above fighting for God and for country—and these are things we must surrender to God if we want to see our nation won to Him.
Things must change if we believe there’s something still worth fighting for.
It’s time to pray. It’s time to speak. It’s time to act. But most importantly, it’s time to get on our knees, repent of our compromising, and cry out for God to heal our land. Then and only then can He bring revival to our nation. Then and only then can He bring restoration of the biblical principles upon which America was founded.
It’s time for a third Great Awakening.
Are you ready?
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.