It’s Time for Christian Activism in America

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Pray for Our Leadership

Pray for the Christian Community

Pray for Ourselves



There’s a lot of discussion about whether America is a Christian nation. As a Christian, I would describe America as a secular nation built on Judeo-Christian principles by people who clearly served God. Christianity isn’t our national religion but it’s the foundation of our government, liberties and culture.

Whether we consider this a Christian nation, we probably will agree our government and culture are moving away from our Christian roots. While our nation has always had problems, as any human culture will, today we’re faced with a variety of major problems that threaten serious harm. It’s as though our problems have become more intense and more numerous in recent years.

Many Christians and ministries are asking us to pray for our nation. I agree and ask you to join me in praying specifically for our leadership, the Christian community, and ourselves.

Pray for Our Leadership

I once encouraged a group of Christians to pray for our President and someone in the group insisted he wouldn’t because he strongly disagreed with the President’s policies. Let me draw your attention to the following scripture: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Tim. 2:1–2, NIV). Notice this passage says nothing about whether those in authority are good or evil, Christian or non-, our political party or another.

The simple fact is that our petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving for our elected and unelected leaders affects their performance, regardless of their spiritual condition. Why? Because our spiritual authority as Christians causes our petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving for our leaders to create a more positive spiritual environment for them. This in turn allows them to be more aware of righteous options when addressing problems, be more sensitive to Christian voices, and make better decisions.

Pray for the Christian Community

I suggest the problems we face as a nation are merely symptoms of spiritual decay in the Christian community. As Jesus was talking about what discipleship requires of a person, he referred to salt’s qualities. “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out” (Luke 14:34-35). Salt provides multiple benefits, one of the most obvious is the way it improves the taste of foods. We are the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13). We should improve our social environments by making them more pleasant, our communities by making them more hospitable, and our nation by making it safer and more lawful.

Salt also is a preservative that works by destroying harmful influences. Similarly, the Christian community should preserve the civil culture in which it exists by destroying spiritually evil works; this isn’t physical, but a spiritual action based on our spiritual authority (Matt. 10:1; 28:18-20; Luke 10:19). Our conflict is not with humans, but with spiritual rulers, authorities, powers and forces (Eph. 6:12).

We also are the light of the world (Matt. 5:14). Light exposes reality and we do so by showing the power of God in our lives, which will drive away the darkness. Darkness is simply the absence of light, so if we Christians fail to function as spiritual light, we have no right to complain about darkness prevailing.

I believe that if the Christian community had been doing its spiritual job for the last 100 years or so, we wouldn’t be facing most of the problems threatening our nation today. We’re not functioning as salt and light in America.

Let’s pray for the real problem facing our nation. Ask God to arouse the Christian community by whatever means he chooses so we’ll stand for righteousness and be a positive influence in our nation. Regardless of doctrinal differences, we can and must stand united on the essentials: (1) God loved us and sent his Son to die for our sins, (2) the Bible is the inerrant word of God, the manual he provided to show us how to live, and (3) his Holy Spirit empowers and transforms us.

As the Christian community embraces what we Christians have in common and becomes a strong positive influence, the spiritual environment will change and biblical values will again prevail.

Pray for Ourselves

Now let’s get more specific. The Christian community consists of born-again believers. That community is failing because we are failing to take God seriously, live to please him, and represent him in our world. Jesus was extremely clear about our priorities: Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and don’t be preoccupied with the ordinary things of life because he’ll provide whatever we need (Matt. 6:25-34).

We’ve thought like the world long enough and it’s time for us to change the way we think and live (Eph. 4:17; Rom. 12:2). When we consider that God saved us from wasted lives and eternal torment, how can we do anything less? Why would we not be devoted to a loving Father who cares for us and works everything together for our good? (Matt. 10:29-31; Rom. 8:28).

I invite all American Christians to join me in praying something like the following:

Father, I confess that I’m still self-centered and indulge my sinful attitudes. Like most Christians in America, I have little understanding of your nature and ways, I don’t fear you as I should, and I’m not as effective in your kingdom as I could be. Have mercy on me, correct me with your love, help me embrace your nature and do the works you created me to do. Use me to liberate people from the evil that has enslaved them and bring them into your kingdom.

Continue working in Christians across our land, making us more like you and less like the world. May our love and honor for each other be obvious and may we commit ourselves to spreading your love everywhere we go. Purify and empower us to release your kingdom everywhere we go, transform people’s lives, and completely change our culture. May unbelievers be drawn by your nature, power and holiness in us.

Thank you for the liberties we enjoy in America. Help us become positive influences on our elected officials and government leaders. Bless them with godly wisdom for governing our country and protect them from those who would harm them. Reveal yourself to them as the only true God. May they receive righteous counsel, dreams and revelation and serve our nation according to your will.

As we turn to the Lord and become increasingly like him, the Christian community again will be a positive influence, and many of our national problems will be resolved. I also believe we’ll see God’s power on earth like never before. This isn’t a time to be passive, pessimistic or confrontational. Rather, it’s time for us to be true Christians who happen to be American citizens, to be salt and light in our world and make a difference.


It’s time for American Christians to become spiritually active and a positive influence. Our nation’s problems are symptoms of the church’s spiritual ineffectiveness, including our failure to preserve righteousness and expose sin by being salt and light in our culture.

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14 comments on “It’s Time for Christian Activism in America

Catherine Arnold Brennan on September 3, 2012 1:53 pm

Very well written, Larry. Thank you for your integrity.

Duane Brankley on September 3, 2012 3:03 pm

Thank You Larry for telling it like it is. We need to be reminded of this even if it is unpopular or NOT PC!

linda chase on September 3, 2012 5:57 pm

What you have said really needs to be said. It causes Christians to think and realize where they are and where they need to be. Thank you so much for this article. It is profound and challenges us to be light to the world.

Donna Winiarski on September 3, 2012 6:39 pm

We already can see the damage done since 1962 when the Bible was removed via the Supreme Court decision (I believe it was Emerson vs Board of Education) from public schools of skyrocketing rates of divorce, teen pregnancies, brutal physical attacks, robberies, not to mention premeditated murders due to retaliation. I was victimized by my bosses (used me as the escape goat for not wanting my position under their roof … with the 2nd shoe coming down upon me by my fiance pretending to love me and taking me for everything I ever worked for. These are just some examples of our society getting further and further away from Jesus Christ’s truth.

Ginny Hanshew on September 3, 2012 8:08 pm

Thank you for the wonderful prayer. We are to strive for unity, washing the feet of those that offend us. Through forgiveness we can achieve this.

Pat Bell on September 3, 2012 8:30 pm

Great thoughts, Larry. Tactfully written, but straight to a much needed point. Thanks for your thoughtfulness.

william chase on September 4, 2012 5:49 am

Good piece. I Believe we live in a time when Christians must learn to behold the glory and intimacy of God and become like Him. We need to be salt and light.

Patton Roark on September 4, 2012 7:43 am

Since this Article is about praying for our country and its leadership? How do I pray and accept the Nominated Leader of the Mormon Church, a Cult, as the typically Christian-Based/Supported Republican Party representative? When the current President is a Christian?

Larry Fox on September 4, 2012 12:49 pm

We’re to pray for our leaders and officials regardless of their spiritual condition or religious affiliation. The prayer included in the article suggests how we might pray for them. How we vote is a personal choice, but how we pray is a spiritual responsibility based on 1 Timothy 2:1-2, cited in the article.

Michael on September 4, 2012 9:09 am

Great article about prayer; for our nation, our leaders (secular & religious), our community, and ourselves!

Janet on September 13, 2012 12:23 pm

Thank you for this well written article. I cringe when I see people getting all wound up on politics and doing all kinds of things that not only don’t bear fruit but bring destruction on relationships.

Matthew R Giese on October 18, 2012 10:48 am

Just as good as your last post. Do you accept advertisers?

Larry on October 19, 2012 12:18 pm

Thank you, but we don’t accept advertisers.

Francesco Banda Jasso on October 29, 2012 5:08 pm

Good post! This is the kind of information that should be distributed on the online community. I would like to read more of this.

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