The War We Can’t Ignore
Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with
this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and,
“Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn
away from wickedness.”
—2 Timothy 2:19.
THE WORLD IS moving fast into perilous times. There are wars and rumors of war. Human rights abuses and oppression have become common. Society is troubled by racial discrimination, child abuse, assassinations, murders, and suicides. There are corporate and individual frauds and dishonesty in high and low offices, embezzlements and corruptions. Family feuds result in fathers, mothers, and children taking one another to court. Society is overwhelmed with conflict.
No nation is spared. Terrorism and willful human destruction are happening all over the world, with violence from local gangs and premeditated killings of innocent people. You would say these things have always been, but the speed at which these issues are enveloping the world is alarming, particularly in certain sections of the world like our country that have had relatively low levels of such problems.
The United States of America has, in the past, been seen as a model for the rest of the world to imitate because our government maintained considerably fewer social vices than other countries. However, we too have become enmeshed in the issues common to other, less civilized societies.
This country was founded on freedom, accompanied by a set of responsibilities clearly laid out by godly men. Leaders and citizens alike were aware of their accountability, not only to the delight of man, but to the pleasure of God.
The men who founded America feared God and lived by faith. They sought His leading in their lives so as to better serve their fellow countrymen. The democratic system of government initiated by the early statesmen was successful because it was built on the principles of fairness and equality, the cardinal principles of God’s Word.
The founding fathers crafted the Constitution using the Bible as their guide. They knew the only way to have relationships that reflected honesty, transparency, justice, and love was to adhere to the rules deliv- ered to man by God. The Constitution of the United States of America, therefore, emulated and expanded on the Ten Commandments.
Unfortunately, we have allowed the encroachments of other cultures not just to mock the values we inherited but to destroy them. We have become estranged from God, our Creator, through the influences of people who are opposed to a government based on the principles of the Word of God, and who promote a belief in the separation of church and state. They have turned the clause in our constitution protecting the rights of citizens to practice their faith into ‘separation of man and God.’ These people do not believe in God and do not want anything related
to God in a national system of governance. Over time, this philosophy has undermined a nation founded “under God” and developed a society without the fear of God.
Throughout centuries, deviations from God’s laws have always resulted in fractured human relationships. Remove the tenets of the Ten Commandments from any nation’s system of government and you have anarchy and futility.
The peaceful society that once flourished in this country has turned violent in recent years. The values that set the course for America no longer exist, and a return to those values seems impossible.
What went wrong with our society? Jeremiah, the prophet of old, sought the answer to this question too. “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?” (Jeremiah 8:22). Why is our nation perpetually backsliding? Why are we holding fast to deceit instead of repenting?
If we do not take a good look at ourselves, we will become the kind of people the apostle Paul described when he said, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
The War We Can’t Ignore traces the genesis of world conflict, how it has entered our society, and the platform on which conflicts can be overcome. This book attempts to disabuse the minds of those who hold the view that life on earth can be lived successfully without God. It will also help Christian believers to understand the importance of their position among their communities and their spreading of the gospel message through their lifestyles and words.
Those who do not believe in salvation through Jesus Christ will not be at fault if no one reaches out to them. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14).
Satan deceives people into thinking that the knowledge of God is irrelevant in the conduct of our personal lives as well as the management of the society. This book appeals to Christians to approach this deceit of Satan not by being forceful, hostile, or aggressive to those who believe in the lies of the evil one, but by attacking the devil, who has occupied their hearts with falsehoods about God.
The moral ingredient of the Word of God is indispensable for a peaceful and progressive society. Arthur Simon explained this in his book Christian Faith and Public Policy. He writes:
The Bible prescribes no economic policy, foreign policy, or government structure for us, nor does it detail for us the way in which we are to carry out our responsibilities as US citizens in the twentieth century. The Bible gives us a sense of direction, but it leaves the method of traveling to us.…The Bible offers us no economic system, no political blueprint, no proof texts for domestic or foreign policy. But it does give us a solid foundation on which to build.
A reliance on human philosophy and science to the exclusion of God in our social, political, and economic management has aggravated and will continue to blow out the conflicts within our society. The consequences are terrorism, racial segregation, nuclear proliferation, and economic downturns resulting in poverty, hunger, and human suffering.
This book presents a practical approach to winning the war against the devil by rescuing our society from sliding further away from God. The world has no other alternative than a return to our Creator, who understands the source of the conflicts in the world and has the solutions to the problems.
In this book, Christian believers will learn that they hold the road maps to the wellbeing of society as well as the key to required peaceful co-existence in the world. The world looks to us (Christian believers) for refuge in these chaotic and destructive situations. Readers will be equipped with tools available to us to transform our society, so that our nation can sustain our leading role in the world socially, economically, and politically. The book also advises those who think that God is not relevant in our society to stop fooling around.
I have walked with and worked for God since 1974, when I was a leader in Christian fellowship groups in high school and college. I was a resource person for campus students fellowships for about fifteen years. I have also been a teacher and elder in churches and other Christian groups, including Evangelical Churches Winning All (ECWA), other interdenominational soul-winning groups, and Gideon International. I am currently president of the African Christian Fellowship of Los Angeles.
Over the thirty-six years I’ve been a Christian, I have come to the conclusion that any society that wishes to make significant progress must acknowledge God in its leaders’ and citizens’ words and actions.
Roy Herron, in his book, How Can a Christian Be in Politics?, said:
In 1775, John Adams wrote his wife, Abigail, “Statesmen may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone which can establish the principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.” Adams believed that a patriot must be a religious man.
Godlessness will lead a society into utter darkness. The clarion call of this book is to fight wickedness and maintain uprightness in our land. A spiritual revival is required in this nation, and it is my prayer that this book will ignite the consciousness of the church and its people. I pray for awakening and restoration of citizens to godly living.
I appeal to readers to be passionate about the survival of our society. No one can fight this war for us. The only society that will get better in the current circumstances of the world is that which acknowledges God and teaches the fear of God among the people. Anything short of God’s fear anywhere in the world today will be catastrophic.