A Nation Judged by Her Fruit

America, it’s time to ask ourselves a serious question.  Are we a nation of Christians (Acts 11:26) or a nation of heathens (Galatians 1:16)?  I know we claim that we used to be a nation of Christians, but can we still claim that title?  And if we are still comprised of Christians, why is the rest of the world out-shining us (Matthew 5:16) when it comes to living what we claim to believe?  While “good works” are not proof of our heart condition; they are normally a pretty good indicator (James 2:20).

Consider these factoids from around the world:

1)    Macedonia has a small “protestant” demographic spawned from missionary endeavors and one of these “protestants” named Boris Trajkovski was elected president of Macedonia from 1999 until his tragic death in a plane crash in 2004.  Boris apparently studied in the United States to become a Methodist lay minister.  Now I’m no fan of the majority of “in-name-only” Christians in modern American Methodist churches, but I have to admit that I’m impressed that there is a country on the face of the earth that would have the fortitude to elect a man whose hobbies include Biblical teaching and evangelism.  Seriously think about it. Can you imagine a president of the United States getting elected if the media found out he was a lay minister?

2)    China, which prides itself on its Communism and atheism has banned both pornography and gambling.  As early as 2007, China also banned sexually suggestive ads on radio, TV.  Can you imagine that happening in our “Christian” country?  The liberal sickos would riot in the streets.  Hollywood would lose billions, the Super Bowl wouldn’t have any commercials, and PETA would have to dump Pamela Anderson.

3)    Uganda outlawed homosexuality and had the guts to face the wrath of the international homosexual lobby.  Almost a David and Goliath situation considering the fact that the homosexual lobby is backed by such minor players as George Soros and G.E. (MSNBC anyone?).  At least some public school children in this world still know what a mommy and a daddy are.

4)    Abortion is illegal in almost all of Central and South America, almost all of the Middle East, and about 2/3 of Africa.  These are nations that are supposedly “backward” and “3rd world” and “need” Christian missionaries, yet somehow they are moral enough as societies to NOT kill their own babies.

This may sound like a wild idea, but perhaps it is time to stop sending 100% of our missionaries overseas and to start sending them out domestically?  Not to make the most of extremes, but of these two pictures:  who needs to hear about Jesus?  The “heathen” in a foreign land?  Or the heathen living among us?

I will let the Holy Spirit work on your heart on this one.  The best I can do is inform and irritate:  Matthew 5:13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

America, consider this biblical truth.  A tree can best be understood by the fruit it bears (Matthew 7:16-20).  In the last 100 years we have turned everything in our society upside down.  Out with the Bible, men, work, and families.  In with New Age theology, feminism, entertainment, and fornication.  It is time to ask:  are we bringing forth fruit unto God (Romans 7:4)?  Or are we bringing forth fruit unto death (Romans 7:5)?