This article was originally published as a part of the series titled “Just A Thought”
You’ve heard it said, “America will never be the same again.” Most agree. The question, though, is, “What will America become?”
In the coming months and years Americans will redefine “normal.” No one can predict exactly what this new “normal” will be. As the Treasury Secretary said, “This is an unexampled event.”
As Christians we have a unique opportunity. There will be a national dialogue about the shape of our culture-what this new “normal” will look like. We can each participate in that conversation and help shape the direction of the debate.
For example, let’s encourage America to keep its new heroes-common people doing uncommon deeds. Let’s encourage people to live out of their higher natures rather than their lower natures. Let’s encourage what William Wilberforce once called “the restoration of manners.” Let’s get back to America’s roots. Let’s remind people about the contributions Christianity has made and can continue make to a decent, ordered society.
And most of all, let’s show the world a living and active faith that changes our lives and offers hope for theirs.
In the early 20th century Christians withdrew from public life and debate. The result? Secular minds shaped the public square in which we now live. In the early 21st century Christians must decide whether or not to plunge into public life and the debate about what will become our new “normal.” What’s normal 50 years from now will no doubt be decided by those who are willing to stand up and be heard – whatever their point of view. Who will stand up and speak for Jesus Christ? I can’t wait to see.
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