While America used to be the epicenter for Christianity it seemed with mottos like "In God We Trust" and with the Ten Commandments on our court houses, money is now being printed without the motto and the Ten Commandments are being taken down around the country at the notion of frivilous lawsuits spearheaded by the ACLU and other morons. Whereas the American church used to send the most Christian missionaries to the rest of the world, more countries send Christian missionaries to America than we send out. The next statistic is startling.
The communist nation of China has been growing in power for years now. For a long time it seemed to happen without anyone noticing and almost overnight China invited herself to the big boy table and has sense thrown her weight around. China is home to one of the largest populations of people on the globe. It also finds itself in a Communist government. Communism has some of its basic ideas on the fundamental of fairness across the board. And while that is fine and good, Communism also makes the people it governs slaves to a mentality that the government will take care of them . . . . We are still talking about China right? Never mind. Communism stifles free speech, certain inalienable rights, and religion especially. In Communism, the government is your religion. It determines whether you live or die. It provides for your every need. It determines completely what goes in a country and what can go out. It's the evil step sister of Socialism. And it's also embracing Christianity.
That's right. China is embracing Christianity. Before we go too far, let me explain. It's not embracing Christ in Christianity or organized religion. China is however embracing Bible printing for the purpose of exporting for profit. More Bibles are printed in China today than almost all of Europe put together. More Bibles are printed and shipped out of China than the city on a hill, America. China sees it as a money maker. What they don't realize is that their Communist regime is single handedly spreading the Gospel among its people and the world.
Another reason they are embracing Christianity is that the government claims it has almost been able to completely remove police stations and government workers from neighborhoods and even cities where Christianity is strong. People are converting to Christ and then living like they've converted. There are no fights in the streets. There are no church splits. There are no arguments over who is preaching the truth and who isn't. There are no pity parties of the hand that life has dealt. There is no rebellion against officials, authority, or one another. Yes. China is beginning to silently embrace Christianity. China will tell you it's the effects they embrace, but one leads to another.
Meanwhile in Japan, the 5th largest earthquake that has ever been registered on the globe since 1900 took place less than a week ago. It was the largest earthquake ever to shake the region. Surprisingly with one city completely demolished and disappeared, some 10,000 dead, and tremors of up to 6.0 on the richter scale continuing still days later, there has been no looting, no riots, no violence, no sexual crimes. The worst that has been reported is speeding and hoarding groceries from the stores. Instead people are rallying together to help one another. When a nuclear power plant exploded, teams rushed together to minimize the effects. Yet Japan doesn't call themselves a Christian nation. There are no visible Christian emblems or thoughts in Japanese law or on their buildings. Yet they are undoubtedly loving their neighbor as they love themselves.
Compare their reaction with the worse natural disaster to ever hit America, Hurricane Katrina. The 82nd Airborne Infantry Brigade had to be deployed on the city in what was almost martial law. Citizens raped women and children. Murder escalated. Stores were robbed. Cameras even caught police officers in uniform breaking into abandoned buildings and carrying out big screen TV's. But we are the Christian nation? Hundreds died in Hurricane Katrina. Tens of thousands died in Japan.
The worse attack ever to happen on American soil and the only attack on the mainland was 9/11. The nation united for awhile, but a few months afterwards America's Hollywood Psycho Michael Moore decided to make documentaries and put together rallies to accuse our own people of staging the massacre of over 3000 Americans to take the blame off of a political party for the recession that had already started. The sickening thing is thousands of Americans backed this idea. Tens of thousands Americans supported immediate retaliation by the greatest military in the world (thankfully that still stands). The President's approval rating was over 90%. Months after however, when America was asked if the country should still be at war, almost half said no.
Have we become so calloused, immature, and spoiled to understand what's happening? American morales are disappearing faster than the polar ice caps in a microwave oven. While a majority in America still call themselves Christians, we have lost the saltiness of our confession. Jesus said that when salt loses its flavor it's only good to be trampled on. And oddly enough, it seems that we are trampling ourselves. Civilized, dignified, and somewhat Christian nations react to disasters better than we do. A Communist regime has recognized the power and influence of Christianity while the nation that seemingly made it famous at its inception is deteriorating Christ's namesake.
The blessings of God are seemingly finding commonplace in other societies. American motors have almost all filed for bankruptcy over the last few years. Japanese motors are growing and expanding. The American dollar is losing value. The Chinese Yen is gaining value. America in several trillion dollars worth of debt. China owns most of the notes. God's Word tells Israel that they were to be the lender not the borrower and America has forgotten this principle. David wrote, "Blessed in the nation whose God is the Lord." Our forefathers knew this, but today in an attempt to make everyone feel comfortable and to remain politically correct we are subverting Christianity and upholding paganistic worship and false religion. And while neither China nor Japan have called themselves Christian nations, the growth of Christianity in these countries and the free practice these countries afford Christians are showing up in these countries' governments and administrations.
I'm proud to be an American but America needs a wake up call. We've bought into the lie of complacency and satisfaction. We've become so accustomed to our way of living and doing things that we have become blind to even the needy family down the street, much less the need for evangelism in our city, state, country, and the world. We can't see past our earth shattering problem at our job while even the poorest person in America is rich compared to 60% of the world's population . . . filthy rich at that. For so long we've blamed the church. "If we could just find a real preacher. If we could just start doing this or that." But the church is made up of people. The blame falls on more than the church. The blame for our decline falls on us, Christian American citizens. Those of us who claim to see what's wrong but won't look longer to see the solution . . . that's where the blame goes. When a Communist government sees more clearly the benefit of Christianity over the "Christian capital of the world," something is wrong. Wake up America! Wake up Church! Wake up Christian/Sinner! If we don't start acting now, this way of life that has engulfed us and detracted from our ability to act will completely swallow us whole to the point that we can't act even if we wanted to with everything in us. Jesus asked the rhetorical question, "When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on the earth?" James tells us faith without works is dead. So when Jesus looks at us now . . . if He came back five minutes from now, would He find you and me, the church, working out our faith . . . walking out our faith . . . looking for another way to make Him famous . . . or would He find you and me, the church, trying to find ways to make ourselves famous.
If we don't wake up, the United States may remain, but America may be lost.