Christianity in Relation to American Society :: by Dale V. Nobbman

It’s bittersweet to be a Christian senior citizen living in America these days.

On the sweet side it has become obvious to any Rapture believing Christian over recent times in the U.S. (and worldwide) that societal conditions are rapidly progressing toward the event commonly referred to as the rapture of Christians from the earth by Jesus Christ.

That event is a sweet prospect for any Rapture believing Christians living today, watching for that great day to come. Biblical Scripture tells us we should always be watching for the return of Jesus Christ; even though no one knows exactly when that event will take place.

“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming”(Matthew 24:42).

“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (Luke 21:27).

Senior citizen American Christians have an advantage over the younger generations of Americans in that they have lived longer and have observed things for a longer period of time.

They have seen the gradual, but steady decline of Christianity in Americaover the past several decades, and also how that decline has accelerated in more recent years.

The sad part of being a Christian senior citizen living in America these days is that we have seen better days in America’s past, but the Bible makes it perfectly clear that conditions in our world must become worse before the Rapture takes place. Worsening conditions in America have certainly picked up the pace and have taken a drastic turn for the worse in just this past decade under our current political and academic leadership.

In the past decade the Christian foundation of our nation has been tragically compromised, and therefore severely weakened. The influence of Christianity on people in the United States is rapidly diminishing, and Satan is currently having a “heyday” in America as he exposes more and more young people to his vast array of evil influences; many of those influences introduced through the rapid new advances in technology.

The decline of Christianity in America has directly led to a giant increase in societal sins, including lost morality, a crumbling of American culture, a sometimes corrupt political system dominated by anti-Christian political correctness, a gravy-train government deliberately driving citizens into lives of dependency—a national fiscal foolishness.

The U.S. has a national immigration policy of insanity; a weakening of excellence in education, an overall apathetic attitude by citizens, widespread bizarre behavior by people, a variety of sexual sicknesses; a fracturing of family values, a purposeful blurring of the line between whatis considered right and wrong, and what is called good versus what is bad or evil, an overall lessening of respect and love toward other people, and well, I could go on and on.

I’m sure you can add your own things to the above list of evils in America, in great part due to the dramatic recent rise in the put-down, mocking, and persecution of anything considered being remotely Christian in a once great, predominately Christian nation.

It always amazes me how so many prideful non-Christians become such willing puppets in the hands of Satan to do his bidding for evil at every opportunity. But Scripture proves correct once again when it says that pride proceeds a fall from grace.

“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before stumbling” (Proverbs 16:18).

America today is in for a fall, a downright free-fall if we don’t revert back to Christianity as our national foundation.The prospect of that happening is dim, but that is why Christians should be optimistic the Rapture is drawing closer by the day, as things get worse and worse in America, and around the world.

Our Creator God has a perfect plan for everything under the sun, and His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, is coming again one of these days to Rapture Christians from this earth and spare them from the coming Tribulation period, dominated by the Antichrist.

Now, with all that said, as we watch for the Rapture, Christians have to remember that we still have our feet planted firmly on planet Earth.Therefore, in these darkening days in which we currently live in America, we could probably use a refresher lesson from the teachings of the apostle Paul on how we, as Christians, need to conduct ourselves in society, today and in every generation, by following certain Christian principles as God has instructed us through the godly inspired writings of Paul.

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not.Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.Respect what is right in the sight of all men.

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.Never take your own revenge, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.‘But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good’”(Romans 12:9-21).

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all” (Revelation 22:21).