Has the American Church Sold Righteousness to Remain Relevant?

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An often-overlooked scriptural promise offers a key to transforming America

No one doubts that America has turned its back on God. Neither is there any debate whether our nation now revels in ungodly principles, beliefs, laws and actions. We are an unrighteous people who love our sinfulness, yet those of us who have experienced the redemption of Jesus in our lives still cling to a hope that the heart of America may still yet be turned back to Him.

That hope has taken serious hits recently, to the extent that many Christians have given up praying for a nation that continues to voice--and vote--its ungodly values. None of us knows when America will officially fall from God's mercy into His judgment. But we can cling to a biblical prophecy that not only has lasted thousands of years, it also offers a key to transforming any nation, no matter how far steeped in godlessness.

In the final chapters of the book of Daniel, buried amid end-time prophecies on everything from the Antichrist to Armageddon, the angel Gabriel delivers this promise: "Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever" (12:3, NIV). 

The American church isn't exactly shining like the heavens right now, and I believe part of this dimming is because of how much we downplay or even ignore righteousness. Like holiness or discipline, righteousness has become an archaic term, trampled by our greater concern with staying relevant and garnering the right to speak into the secular American culture.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Marcus Yoars
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