EACH ONE REACH ONE

 

On the January 17, 2005 cover of Time magazine, a yellow happy face as the center nucleus of smaller round happy faces draws us to read the articles on “The Science of Happiness.” This “Special Mind & Body Issue” takes us into the possibility that there might be a happiness-gene in our DNA. So too, the question, “Is God in Our Genes? leads us to ponder the possibility that genetic engineering and cloning through scientific research might someday (perhaps sooner than anyone could imagine) create perfect loving, peaceful human beings who in turn could then create a loving, peaceful world. Of course, this premise of finding happiness and God through scientific and technical means assumes the benefit to humanity will be peace and love. Should the happiness and God genes be found and just need a genetic DNA tweak when needed, then human intelligence can solve all human problems. And if science and technology can find those genes, it would most certainly follow there would be no need to have religion of any kind. Christ would become a well meaning, but ancient historical figure - nothing more.
 
    Lee McFarland founded Radiant Church in 1996 in Sunrise Arizona. Approximately 5,000 attend each week. In a New York Times article about McFarland’s church, the writer states: “The spiritual sell is also a soft one... Almost half of each service is given over to live Christian rock with simple, repetitive lyrics in which Jesus is treated like a high-school crush... Ask people at Radiant [church] what first brought them to the church and you will almost never hear a mention of God. It might have been a billboard: “Isn’t It Time You Laughed Again?” Or the twice-a-week aerobics class (with free child care) called Firm Believers... McFarland says, ‘We want the church to look like a mall. We want you to come in here and say, ‘Dude, where’s the cinema?’”
 
    In the 20th Century, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II brought about revivals and healing-tent evangelists. Churches grew and Christians prayed. The Korean War, Vietnam, the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. created major public and private stresses, arguments, and a fall away from faith, orthodoxy and spiritual matters. With shock we realized we were vulnerable to violent non-Christian fundamentalists (fascists) not only “out there” but “in here” as well. The perceived golden age of the 50s and early 60s was erased.
 
                          IS GOD DEAD?
 
    On an O’Reilly Factor segment on Fox News in late December 2004, Tom Wolfe was being interviewed about his new novel on a young female student’s fictional life in college. Mr. Wolfe shared about his two year research into the mores of college students. During the interview, he stated that the god is dead theory, an atheistic and secular point of view, was now widely accepted as true on college campuses and throughout the American public school system. He quoted the German Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) as saying, “If the nations lose the idea of a creator God, they will replace the creator God with themselves.” The god is dead theory was widely discussed in the 60s and 70s. The 1966 cover of Time magazine and other articles, news print and talk media asked, “Is God Dead?” I remember studying Nietzsche in a philosophy class at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. At that time the church I attended was not into discussing such a subject. It was assumed this philosophy was not creditable enough to be mentioned. Through the years in ministry, in participating and observing the church and America, I understand more and more, if you take God out of the public arena, and let slip the standard of Sola Scriptura (Latin for only scripture - living and depending entirely, solely upon the word of God), the influence of the Christian Church in our nation will be eliminated. This is not just happening. It has already happened.
 
Just where is the Christian Church in America in this morass? She is entertaining, prosperity driven and greedy for numbers. According to Barna research, she has a higher divorce rate than the general public. Her ministers argue about whether or not practicing homosexuals should be allowed in the pulpit. They vote one way or the other. Some of her ministers are into pornography and are pedophiles. Others are skinning the sheep with ponzi schemes and false building programs.
 
    Ministers lament that the local church has a revolving door. People move from church to church looking for the perfect one – which, of course, doesn’t exist. Pastors try different venues to keep the visitors, even members from revolving out. Multi-media presentations, contemporary music, dramas and pop-group therapy, breakfast and dinner socials, merchandising inspirational goods, plush buildings and interiors are used to make members comfortable and happy. The now, with it, cool church is a part of mainstream culture, not dissenters from it. The definition of mainstream is moving with the prevailing current or direction of activity or influence. It’s important that the church be relevant - move with the times. Let’s all get along.
 
    You are either agreeing or you’re asking the questions: aren’t you presenting a rather negative, harsh assessment of the church? Aren’t you too hard on our democratic way of life? America offers great opportunities and has many advantages. Aren’t you painting America with a very black brush? Didn’t Paul have problems in the Corinthian church? Wasn’t that church as messy as ours is today? Wasn’t the government of Rome more corrupt and decadent than America is today? Aren’t we better off now than they were?
 
    But are the issues in the church and in America one of comparisons? For more than 2000 years we have had many revivals. Church history attests to the many mighty moves God has made through the church on people and nations. In America there was a great revival before the Civil War. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century there was a revival and subsequently an outpouring of the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This Charismatic Renewal spread across America reaching every denomination and independent church, whether it was embraced or not.
 
As Thomas Paine wrote in The American Crisis I, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” And so it was in early America. We had poverty, slavery, political issues, Civil War and our soldiers fighting in foreign countries. In the 1800s, heroin, “smoking poppy,” was rampant in America. The “roaring twenties” was a time for free love, mob violence and wife swapping. Corrupt police and politicians took money to look the other way over prostitution, gambling, alcohol and drugs. Prohibition did not quench the thirst for alcohol. At that time, abortion was practiced, albeit illegal, in hidden rooms. From 1930 to 1934, Hollywood produced R rated films. One in particular, Baby Face with Barbara Stanwyck, swept in a Production Code. Editing this film made it acceptable to the general public and ushered in what would be considered today unconstitutional censorship. At this writing, the bloody and violent series, CSI Las Vegas reruns are shown on Spike TV in the children’s 7p.m. watch time. Many uncensored dangerous and often vile web sites, blogs and chat rooms on the internet are accessible to children in libraries and homes. What was once unacceptable to the general American public is now well accepted.
 
    Much is being said in the church about our Christian heritage from our founding fathers in America. But if we closely look at our history, we will find we did not treat the Indian Nations very well. By wrongly using scriptures we slanted ourselves into accepting slavery. If the church researches American History, we did not apply SolaScriptura in any meaningful way in the public arena. All three principles, rugged individualism, the pioneering spirit, the age of enlightenment and reason, are the historical foundations of secularism in our country. Spend some time reading American history, look not at its rhetoric, but study its past activities and behaviors, you might be surprised at how very unchristian America was.
 
For decades the church has cried out for revival in America. Today many pastors and congregants fervently pray for the Holy Spirit to do something, anything to bring about cultural reform. From many we hear, “Raise up leaders to bring us into power so we can change America back to what she once was.” (Whatever that was.) However, the life-style reality speaks, “Lord, whatever you do, leave us to live our way, the American way - ever consuming, self-centered, obsessive-compulsive, in your face with attitude, life. Let us be loving, tolerant of that politically incorrect word, sin. We are only human after all.” Too often, the “we are all sinners saved by grace” rolls off church members’ tongues without understanding the cost of the grace or the nature of the sinner.
 
The church strives to eliminate guilt and stress in people’s lives. Our American culture also strives to eliminate guilt and stress. Both culture and church have become one in accepting both hard and soft addictions: vulgar entertainment, consumerism and commercialism, lack of moral standards and tolerance of depravity re-labeled as human weaknesses.
 
 The today, with-it church has the answer to those human weaknesses dilemma: self-help books, tapes, discs, programs, conferences and seminars. All are designed to move us to be better persons, to get in touch with our higher selves, our inner souls. If it has been written we will find the latest book: How to Get Things From God Through Prayer in 10 easy-to-read steps with questions at the end of each chapter. Too often in pop Christian books the underlying premises are: how to get God to do what we want, when we want it;   God wants us to take control of our lives; God wants us to be happy.
 
    Does this mean I believe you can’t mature in all areas of your life by reading books, listening to tapes, seeing videos and attending conferences? No.
 
    What I am suggesting is that the proliferation, the preponderance of all these learning helps are only as good as the student’s desire to be like Christ. Even before we can know what we are about, who we are in Christ, we need to know how depraved and unable we are to manage our lives. Our sin nature is not eliminated because we can quote scripture, discuss the newest inspirational book or even preach from our pulpits. Jesus continually emphasized that man’s depraved nature keeps him away from God. While the church joyfully offers God’s forgiveness, it must equally offer the reality of man’s continuing nature to distance himself from God and go his own way.
 
In the last few years, leadership (with a capital L) has emerged as a major buzz word topic in Christian print and sound media. Leadership is studied with zeal as the most promising way to encourage members to involve themselves in the work of the church, particularly the local church. The premise is: everyone can be a leader. One has only to tap into knowing how. The secular business world has already learned how to be leadership successful and productive since the Industrial Revolution. American business has proven itself to bring power and prosperity to the nation. So, what’s wrong with the church plugging into the same programs and ideas?
 
  My husband has a Masters Degree in Business. He taught Introduction to Management at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan for 10 years, starting in 1963. Working as a manager for 30 years in a large corporation, he attended many training sessions at Leadership Conferences. He has read hundreds of books on management and leadership. After attending a Christian Leadership Conference, he said, “This is just like a secular conference.”
 
 “But how can that be?” I asked. “The advice seems to be based on Christian principles.”
 
 My husband answered, “Scriptures are thrown in to make old business ideas spiritual.”
 
 
David Callahan, author of The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead, defines cheating as: “breaking the rules to get ahead academically, professionally, or financially.” Several recent articles and websites state that 80% to 95% of all students cheat and plagiarize. That’s at every level of education. Those polled also stated it was okay to cheat. Winning was everything; getting a good job from high marks was the foundation for success in life; making money and living a comfortable lifestyle would result from achieving the best scores and grades. Considering that many polls, Barna and others, declare that 85% of Americans are Christian and 60% of those who claim to be “born again” attend church, why are the cheating numbers so high?
 
  From the many Christian magazines I receive, the 21st century church is targeting teenagers and young adults into its fold with evangelistic zeal. However, unless the church addresses the issues of our post modernistic world view which rejects objective truth in favor of opinions based on personal experience and relational ethics which are indoctrinated in our children and young adults through our educational system and culture, it will fail to bring about a genuine turn to living Christ-like lives.
 
The American bumper sticker reads, “Those who die with the most toys win.”  SolaScriptura states, “It is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God,” Matthew 19:24. Because the Jerusalem city gates were too narrow, the camels had to be unloaded before they could enter. People and baggage were inspected. Whatever was brought inside the city gates had to have Roman governmental approval. Well, we all know we die. No toys in heaven. And like the scriptural picture of the gates in Jerusalem, the only things that pass inspection - that we go in with - are the inward Christ-like characteristics and scars on our bodies to show for our service in this life to Him.
 
  Awhile ago an e-mail was forwarded to me, no name author, which read, “Once upon a time the church was the moral conscience and spiritual lighthouse of the nation. Now, most congregations are impotent, pusillanimous minor-league social welfare agencies or mutual comfort societies with no impact on the world around their little enclave.” The writer was calling every Christian to “stand up” and publicly pray in the classroom, before ball games, graduations, proms, courtrooms, anywhere he or she wished. “Where would they get enough jails to hold us all? How would they prosecute hundreds of thousands?” the author asks. Good question.
 
  But what are we publicly praying for or against? Standing up and reciting “The Lord’s Prayer” loudly and with determination at public functions would not change American legislation and/or our culture one bit. Our culture has never been based on Christian principles. The European Renaissance brought to America the philosophies and ideals of ancient Rome and Greece as well as the schisms of the Protestant and Catholic Reformation. The American way has always been and will continue to be moved: by the age of enlightenment and reason, by scientific and technological inventions, by the buying and selling of goods - marketing - profit driven, by the love of individual freedom to express anything (no matter how crass or vulgar), by the entertainment business to please the masses, by political agendas which promote situational ethics as a moral standard, and by the philosophy that each person has the right to pursue happiness even if pursuing that happiness interferes with the happiness of another.
 
We can’t shop Jesus in the Wal-Mart way - picking and choosing according to our momentary and cultural needs. He just isn’t merchandise mart. He says about Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me,” John 14:6. Whenever the church has tried to merchandise Jesus, as it tried to do during the Dark and Middle Ages, as it is attempting to do today, the church diminished its influence on the world. Its marketing to the masses brought about an acceptance of all that is secular – which in itself is a form of religion. The belief that man can control his environment and his destiny is a belief in man as god. Secularism is the modern world worshiping what it has created. Man is elevated as the law of civilization; man can determine what is best for himself.
       
Talking about the real Jesus is a dangerous thingLiving for the real Jesus is a dangerous thing. Living like Jesus is the most dangerous thing of all. But which Jesus is the real Jesus - the one belonging to pop Christianity, the one belonging to fundamental legalism (no movies, no TV, no below the neck skin showing, can’t cut hair), the one belonging to the ecumenical council of churches, the one belonging to mega-marketing or the one belonging to global unity?
 
  No, none of the above. He is not fashioned by the postmodern church or any church that we might visit would like to make of Him.
 The one to belong to is the real Jesus of Sola Scriptura. This Jesus is not an easy Jesus, an entertaining Jesus, and a non-judgmental Jesus. He throws the moneychangers out of His church. He tells the rich they might not be accepted. He heals and elicits hatred for His healing. This is the Jesus who rebukes Peter for aligning himself with Satan, says the Sadducees and Pharisees are spiritually ignorant, and describes His entire generation as “faithless.” He turns their lives and thinking upside down. He throws out the rituals and traditions based on man’s ideas of what pleases God. He does not adapt Himself to them. He demolishes their cultural image of Him. He demands they change from the inside out in order to be His disciples. They must leave everything behind, their thinking, their relatives, their hooky relationships, their needs and their desires. He is both exclusive and inclusive. This Jesus speaks of the Last Judgment, the sin God will never forgive, the terrible consequences of misleading children, the suffering and death of those who will follow Him, and that end times will come sooner than anyone expects - so be prepared. He does not bring peace, but a sword. He is a consuming fire, not a warm fuzzy blanket. He asks them to count the cost in following Him. He convicts them of sin and its severity in their lives. He is not fashioned in their image of Him, what they hope He is or would like Him to be. He cannot be called down to do their bidding. He insists His transfiguration must be theirs as well. He excludes all who do not believe He is the Son of God. He includes all who do. He presents His plan for a complete overhaul of their human condition. Take it or leave it.
 
Hedonism cancels holiness. Decadence drives out discipline. Prosperity, popularity and the need for approval can destroy a Christian’s witness. This is especially true when the one who is seeking God is observing the life of a witness who professes the lifestyle of Christ, but lives the lifestyle of the American culture. The Sola Scriptura principles of moderation and self-sacrifice are negated by the appearance, attitude and behavior of the secularist philosophy of church going people.
 
  Relevance, effectiveness, money and numbers (people, products) are the modern, goal related terminologies included in our American culture’s definition of success. These four walls of success have also been adopted as standards in too many American churches. If the post modern church cannot relate its message to our human need to pursue happiness, cannot be effective in advising its congregants how to be prosperous and self-confident, cannot present itself to be attractive, entertaining, and comfortable, cannot fill its chairs and auditoriums with ever increasing numbers to support its programs and products, it has failed. Or so it appears to itself.
 
 The issue of appearance permeates our society. Youthful beauty and vigor are tantamount to fame and fortune. Andy Warhol, the iconic American artist, pronounced in the early 60s, “In America anyone can have fifteen minutes of fame.” And many do. The reality shows on TV, the multi-media paparazzi, the bloggers make fame easily accessible to anyone with the chutzpa to be visibly shocking. Pushing open the envelope is pushing Judeo-Christian standards aside. Perhaps there is no envelope left. It has completely unfolded and cannot hold a grain of salt worth savoring. Has the American church also completely unfolded to spin forgiveness into acceptance of moral laxity, and so driven to popularize Christ, that in the name of love all selfish human traits must be accepted without correction or discipline?
 
There is a spiritual harvest principle that the church-at-large (numbers oriented) is missing today. There is a great difference between goods and services and spiritual blessings. “God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap,” Galatians 6:7. Jesus says you cannot sow to the earth and expect spiritual blessings. Everything in the world has its price, and the price buys that, not something else. Yes, there are real goods: houses, clothing, food, entertainment, hobbies - everything that can be placed upon and into our bodies. Yes, there is much that is said in Sola Scriptura about living an abundant and healthful life. But - and this is a very large b-u-t - “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you,” Matthew 6:33. We have mostly ignored, and under secular infiltration often erased the principle: first seek the kingdom of God, and replaced it with: first, make sure all these things are added to you, and then the kingdom of God will follow.
 
  Those of us who believe the underlying secular philosophies - that having a market place success driven church will bring people to Christ, that being a prosperous, thing-owning Christian will be more attractive, more an incentive to our neighbors to want to join us, that the purpose of the church is to be relevant, tolerant of every human act and point of view, that the church must appeal to the masses with love yourself, feel comfortable, take the load, the burden of a guilty conscience away by just groovin’ on God - have completely missed the truth of the Gospel.
 
You may ask: are you advocating a monastic, legalistic, separate communal life-style for members of the church?One in which a Christian is to submit to a judgmental leader who dictates a centuries old separation from the “worldly” world? Hasn’t this been tried by David Koresh and Jim Jones resulting in great disaster?   Wasn’t this also tried in the 70s in the charismatic churches with those who were a part of “shepherding” groups? Then it was the “shepherd” who made the major and minor decisions according to his interpretation of a New Testament community paradigm for his flock. This meant a member would have to seek permission from the “shepherd” to marry, to buy or to sell, to work or to move in any personal direction. Actually such groups still exist today. The Amish, the Mennonite, and several other community groups scattered in Colorado and Utah have presiding overseers, elders to assist their flock in living a particular and definite way.
 
 No, I am not advocating the kind of separation that elicits a group mentality of: “our interpretation of Christian community, traditions and behavior is the only interpretation to be accepted. Unless you’re a part of our group, you’re not Christian.” What I am advocating is that the church go back to doing its work as Jesus did. Spirituality, worship, if you like, the business of the church is not about ends or benefits or programs (well intentioned as they are), its about means. Its how we meet needs. Jesus related to others one at a time. He touched people one at a time. He calls us to make disciples one at time. Historically, when the church became impersonal and institutionalized, it lost its influence into people’s lives.
 
 If any church focuses on buildings, interior settings (carpeting color), power-point technology, media driven presentations, Krispy Kreme fellowships, aerobics classes, pop culture music and lyrics, it will have a definite declining influence on its attendees’ lives. Any church that spends more on missions, evangelism, justice and relief ministries than they do on staff and facilities, is filled, flowing, and following the life of Christ.
 
We must live in the Tri-une God. We must work within the Trinity. Everything that we do, which means relationally, personally must always be in the context of Sola Scriptura. The moment we become impersonal, functional, mass oriented, we deny the Gospel. We can’t do the work of Jesus in the world’s marketing, consumerism way. If we do adopt the world’s way of doing God’s business, we’ll lose our saltiness. We will be accepted as just another well meaning religion which is like all others.
 
  The true church is fashioned by God the architect; its foundation is Christ; the Holy Spirit is its roof covering; and the walls   are    built    by    it’s      construction workers - the people themselves. This building, in order for it to stand firmly on its foundation, must have four walls. These walls are grace, holiness, prayer and obedience. How well or how poorly these walls are built depends on how penetrating the power of the Holy Spirit is involved in each of us. Christ gave Himself “the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and blameless,” Ephesians 5:27. The mixed metaphors of Sola Scriptura for the church always pictures a completed and perfected bride passionately awaiting for the groom in order to consummate the marriage. Whether the picture is a building or a bride, grace, holiness, prayer and obedience must be the necessary parts and characteristics of a powerful, America-changing church. If either wall or characteristic is missing, be it in bride or building, it can neither stand nor consummate - nor can it endure the onslaught of our American secular culture.
 
    Every born again believer is called by Christ through the Holy Spirit to become a minister to another(s). This calling is mandated by scripture in the Great Commission. Every Christian is a pastor (poimen-shepherd) to someone - husband, wife, child, relative, neighbor and then further out into the community. Christ challenges us to depend upon Him, not a religious organization to fill our need for God. From our natural birth we have a need for God vacuum.  If we use the organized church, it’s rituals, committees and programs to fill this vacuum, we will be busy but empty. In order for any relationship to grow in intimacy and prosper in a healthy and loving way, time and effort must be expended and attention to the relationship paid. There is always a price for intimacy.
 
    It doesn’t matter whether our church seats are filled in a living room or family room, or whether our church building seats are filled with thousands. What matters is whether or not those who are sitting in those seats are seeking to know Christ - Him crucified- and endeavoring to please Him by living out His purpose for their lives.
 
So then where does this lead us in our seeking to live by The Book? We must come to know the difference between devotion to Christ and allegiance to a religious organization. Devotion to Christ always brings us to our knees in prayer. Our personal and continuing revival depends on the God-breathed (pneuma) and revelation (rhema) of an in depth saturation of knowing, in fact, having a passion to spend time in The Word. All intimacy, whether it is in friendship or marriage, takes time and effort. Choosing where to spend our time and effort speaks volumes about who we are and what we believe about Christ, our relationship to Him, and how to accomplish what He wants from us in our interaction within the world we live. What we busy our lives with determines who we are and what we care about. The truism of Luke 12:2,3, “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops” is expressed through every activity in our lives whether we are aware of it or not. If we do not have a prayer closet, it will show. If we have one, our time and effort there will also show accordingly in our lifestyle and in our relationships to others.
 
We cannot talk honestly about the One who loved and forgave us, unless we allow Him to be involved in every aspect of our lives. Compartmentalizing Christ, relegating Him to certain spiritual areas determined by our natural selves, will definitely thwart the Holy Spirit from transforming us into the mature sons and daughters of God He wants us to be.
 
               Each one, reach one, teach one.
 
  When I was a child learning to spell, I had difficulty with the word church. In order to help me, my mother repeatedly said, “C-H-you-are-C-H.” I have no recollection the exact moment it occurred to me the truth, that indeed, I am the church as 1 Corinthians 6:19 states: “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” But while I am the church as a single individual, I am also the church being joined by Christ to others, for He says, “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst,” Matthew 18:20. And then, beyond the two or three I am joined to a larger assembly by millions into a worldwide body.
 
Christ calls us to be his disciples and in turn to disciple others. We leave our natural fishing lives behind and become fishers of men. Our old fishing life was dependent upon our accumulated and educated village knowledge of fishing. Jesus calls us to another kind of fishing. One in which we are depending on Him to tell us how to bait our hooks, where to cast our flies, when and where to throw down our nets. He tells us when we are to come into shore to have a fish breakfast with Him. He speaks to us through Sola Sciptura to live according to His program of a fishing life - what, how, when and where He expects us to live and to be. The new fishing village – the church cannot do this for us. The best, most well-meaning evangelist, preacher, pastor, spouse or parent cannot bring us into a Christ-centered, Christ-altering life, unless we dine with Him on shore, and unless we hear Him directing us by His words into the life He has designed for us.
 
Each one, reach one, teach one
            for Christ
   In Acts 1:15, there were 120 persons filled with the Holy Spirit. Today’s worldwide population is 6,446,131,400 billion (7/05 World Fact Book). Starting with 120 in 1975, if every year each person had reached another for Christ, today the whole world would be Christian. It takes26 1/2 years for one hundred and twenty people to reach over six and a half billion! The institutionalized church has not been able to do this. Starting today, if every believer would make one disciple a year, it would take three years to bring the world to Christ.
 
 
If you have a desire to come into a right relationship with Christ, pray this prayer:
 
 Heavenly Father, I believe you sent your son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for me. Please forgive me of all my sins. Help me to live according to your plan for my life. I promise to learn about you and I commit my life to obeying your word. I will study your word to grow into the man or woman you want me to be. Thank you for saving me. I love you and will put you above all others and things in my life. In Jesus name. Amen.
  
               Please pray for America:
 
Heavenly Father, I ask you to have mercy upon our nation. Our nation’s sins are many and America has many gods. Please forgive us. Help me as a Christian to voice your love and by my lifestyle your holiness in my life to my neighbor. Holy Spirit bring me daily to specifically pray for the difficult situations and issues confronting our country. Lord, I pray that you will give wisdom to our president as well as to those in civil and governmental authority. Take each heart dedicated to you to bring about a moral change in our country based on your word. Continue to bless our nation in order to make her a lighthouse of freedom and truth in a dark world. In Jesus name. Amen.