As some of you know I am following Franklin Graham, online, as he tours our country before the 2016 election. Franklin and his team will stop at every state capitol building and hold a prayer rally on it’s steps. It’s called the, *Decision America Tour. In an effort to be proactive, I joined the DAT face book prayer group for Tennessee, **every state has one. The groups are committed to lifting our country up in prayer. All prayer group members received a prayer journal. In the journal you find the states listed in the order that Franklin will visit. The book consists of two page spreads for each state that include, small statistical blips, pictures, and a place to record your prayer thoughts. In reading these statistics, I realized anew how far from God our nation has fallen. I want to share a few of the stats with you. I will leave the name of the states out…
***1) 47% have never gone to church or have left the church; 66% Don’t read the Bible
2) More than half the population of ___have never gone to church or have left the church.
3) 31% of ___profess to have no particular religion, nearly half of it’s residents seldom
or never attend church.
4) 42% of ___ages 50-68 are unchurched; 60% do not read the Bible;
Nearly half of all believe that Jesus did not lead a sinless life.
5) 40% of ___residents have left the church or have never attended church before.
This is only five states worth. These little blips of information are just a tiny tip of each states iceberg, some are better, some are worse. As a Christian I’m alarmed by these stats…are you? It’s amazing to me, and then it’s not. In my opinion, my generation dropped the ball. We stopped being evangelical and started watering down the Gospel of Jesus in an effort to be politically correct. We started seeking to be cool and trendy thinking to attract new people into the church. We decided we didn’t want to offend anyone or be judgmental. I’m not sure what happened and I’m not blasting staying current, but sometimes current isn’t great. If you’re my age or older perhaps the sixties, seventies or eighties got hold of you. I know I can’t blame the decades, I’m just not sure anyone believed in much during those times. Free love, drugs, and a host of other mind blowing, heart-deadening factors. It’s taken time to see the fall out…thus the stats we’re surrounded with. We were neither hot nor cold…
15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
Revelation 3:15,16 (NIV)
Isn’t it a blessing to have more than a blip of information from God? It’s housed between the covers of Scripture.**** God uses His word to teach and rebuke, train and correct so that we can spread the gospel truth of Jesus. You know, I used to envy those who’d been churched all their lives, until I started going to church. I began to see that sitting in a pew every week isn’t the complete tale. I began to see that it’s about being close to God, and that sitting on that pew is the result of that closeness. I go to church because it’s a public display to the world of my faith, but I am the church because God’s spirit dwells in my heart. People walk into buildings with church names on them expecting answers. We, the Church, are more often than not the only blip of Gospel information on their radar. It needs to be enough to stir their hearts. It’s up to us, the people of God, His Church, to be on fire for the Lord and teach the details. Are you unsure what to teach? Start with your own testimony. The truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. We have to start in our own back yard, our own community.
Else wise, what will the stats read ten years from now?
Father we lift our nation up in prayer, our churches, ministers, Bible teachers, schools, missionaries and the effort that Franklin is making to bring God back into our nation. Lord we pray that hearts will be moved back into a right relationship with You. We ask that those who attend these prayer rallies with evil intent will instead hear something to spark a flame. Let Your Church be a witness for You, send Your light into dark hearts. Let us reflect Your grace, mercy and love. You know who our next President will be and we ask God, that Your hand guide his or her heart and mind. We know that You alone are in control. May the prayers of the saints be set before you like incense, may the lifting of our hands be like the evening sacrifice. In Jesus name…amen.
*For more detail you can log on to: https://decisionamericatour.com/
**If you’re on fb simply search out Decision America
***Stats taken from Decision America Tour Prayer Journal
****11 Timothy 3:16-17 click to read