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4 Ways Christians Can Stand Firm in a Declining Nation

Christians and Culture, Standing firm against declining morals
I love my country, but I'm sorely disappointed in many things happening in it. 

It's been hard for me as a Boomer(1) to realize we've moved so far from the America of my childhood where we prayed and read Scripture in public school.(2) 

But it's important we Christians understand we're not living in a Christian nation. 

1. We must act differently, shining light in the cultural darkness (Philippians 2:14-16), evaluating entertainment standards, friendships, life goals, and morality in light of Scripture, not popular opinion (Ephesians 4:17-24).

2. We must view ourselves as missionaries in our culture, developing a genuine interest in non-believers, interacting with them in appropriate ways, and learning how to share our faith (Colossians 4:5-6).

3. We must stand firm, undeterred when our faith is mocked or challenged (John 15:18-19; Matthew 10:22).

4. We must pray, not just talk about praying, but actually pray (2 Chronicles 7:14; 1 Timothy 2:1-4)!

We can't do it on our own, but we can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13)!

(1) born between 1946-1964
(2) I lived in 21 different cities before 7th grade, and prayer and Scripture were not part of every school, but there were schools where we read Scripture each morning and I distinctly remember my fourth grade teacher leading us in prayer for the May 5, 1961 space flight of Astronaut Alan Shepard who became the first American to be launched into space.

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