This great nation of ours was born out of two very strong ideological systems—enlightenment thinking and Christians values. The enlightenment championed reason and logic. Beliefs were to be accepted on the basis of science, not religion.
Though the enlightenment was extremely humanistic, it was married to another worldview component—Christianity. Our founders still believed in the Creator God, that man is moral being and accountable for his actions.
This is one of the reasons our nation flourished. We once had leaders who were invested in strong, reasonable, logical thinking combined with wholesome, biblical morals and values.
These two worldview ideas were deeply imbedded within the fabric of our culture for the first 150-175 years. But, somewhere along the line they began to sever. Over the past century, America has slowly stopped valuing Christian principles and elevated even higher humanistic ideas.
As a result, we are witnessing increasing hostility towards Christianity and its basic values. Secularism is on the rise and now it is no longer Christian principles that dictates morality in our nation, it is society. This inevitably has led to the breakdown of the family and marriage. Sexual immorality and homosexuality are the norm, drug addiction is rampant, abortion is acceptable, education is secular, and all of this corruption extends to our government which legislates evil and immorality.
Many Christians are now left wondering how we are to live in such an anti-Christians world, under an anti-Christian government, amidst an anti-Christ society.
For starters, to live as Christians in this sub-Christian nation, we must hold tightly to our convictions. Scripture instructs us not to be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2), to avoid people, places and things that would cause us to sin (Ephesians 5:7-11), and to do our best to live holy and pure lives (1 Peter 1:16). Nowhere in Scripture are Christians ever commanded to become like the world in order to live in it or reach unbelievers for Christ. We should be marked by a commitment to holiness and truth.
This does not mean, however, that we push the world away. My main reason in writing this article is due to a deep concern I am witnessing among well-meaning believers. It seems that we are quick to make anyone who doesn’t agree with us our enemy. If they hold different political, religious or moral views, the temptation is to label them as opponents, but this isn’t biblical (Matthew 28:18-20).
Non-Christians will differ from true believers on many things—politics, religion, morals etc. And it may frustrate you at times when your values are trampled upon. But, let us not forget, that they are not our enemy, but the mission field (Acts 1:8).
Our enemy is the Devil, not the world. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against…the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). Satan is our foe. He is the one we are supposed to hate, but don’t hate the world. Remember, God loves the world so much that He sent Jesus to save it, not to condemn it (John 3:16-17).
So, how should Christians live in a Sub-Christians nation? We don’t compromise on the truth. We strive to live as holy children of God. But, this doesn’t mean we push the world away or view unbelievers as our enemy. They are ones Christ came to save (1 Timothy 1:15). Our job is to reach them with the same truth that saved us.
In the end, you will only begin to live and think this way once you realize that apart from His grace, you are just like the world. But, “He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy” (Titus 3:5).