In days of seeking God deeply, I have been asking Him for insights about all that is happening in the world now. While my understanding grows, I want to share what is on my heart today.
Across the globe, crises abound. The global spiritual crisis continues to grow as lostness escalates. Billions of people are in need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With more than one-half of the global population now living in the cities of the world, missional strategies must emerge that address reaching these cities.
Global political and military unrest are threatening the security of much of the world. These crises are responsible for creating millions of refugees and spawning the largest global humanitarian crisis today. Along with this, ISIS continues to march, advancing their radical Islamic agenda, killing those who will not deny their faith and join their vicious movement.
The Middle East remains the powder keg of the world. With nuclear threat remaining in Iran and religious persecution growing, we are facing one of the most dangerous moments in our lifetime.
In the background is a fragile global economy. Furthermore, in this season of glaring global realities, we are facing an unprecedented global leadership crisis. Where are the leaders of the world?
We need a breakthrough.
Across the nation, missiologists tell us that three out of four people in America do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As lostness escalates across America, this spiritual crisis is undeniable. While we hope the churches in America would count this as a time to rise up to advance the Gospel, the reality is that 74 percent of our churches in America are plateaued or declining. Additionally, as a whole, the churches in America are in need of a spiritual visitation by the Holy Spirit that will call them out of their lukewarm status.
Politically, America is in trouble. The disappointment of our political leaders not working together for the common good of our nation has Americans filled with all sorts of emotions, many of which are not healthy. Every political candidate who is running to be the next president of the United States is catching the brunt of this reality.
Accompanying these spiritual and political crises is an ever-growing unstable and uncertain national economy that is also connected to a fragile global economy. As these crises converge, we find ourselves in a new territory judicially. Since the Supreme Court released its decision on marriage on June 26, we are now in a moral crisis that is spinning out of control. We are facing threats regarding religious liberty that are unprecedented not just to us, but in the entire history of the United States.
And again, at times, it appears we are leaderless. Where are the leaders who will rise above the fray and lead toward a better future in America? Where are the leaders who are communicating a hopeful message for the future, seizing the hearts of all peoples cross-generationally? Where are the leaders in America?
We need a breakthrough.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press