In the article we include in today’s newsletter by John Stonestreet’s Breakpoint Daily, he addresses the issue of a “failed state” in regards to Nigeria, among other nations who cannot or will not protect their own citizens. The Encyclopedia Britannica definition of “failed state” is:
“Failed state, a state that is unable to perform the two fundamental functions of the sovereign nation-state in the modern world system: it cannot project authority over its territory and peoples, and it cannot protect its national boundaries. The governing capacity of a failed state is attenuated such that it is unable to fulfill the administrative and organizational tasks required to control people and resources and can provide only minimal public services. Its citizens no longer believe that their government is legitimate, and the state becomes illegitimate in the eyes of the international community. A failed state is composed of feeble and flawed institutions. Often, the executive barely functions, while the legislature, judiciary, bureaucracy, and armed forces have lost their capacity and professional independence…” (emphasis added)
As 6,000 illegal immigrants pour over our southern border daily with an estimated 15-25% positive for COVID-19 under the Biden administration’s new directives, as crime escalates in cities across the country and anarchy has become normal – where should the church be? Does God care? Should we care? What can we do? What SHOULD we do?
In the United States of America, under our federal Constitution, a failed state is the direct result of the failure of “We the People” to govern ourselves according to the laws of God, followed by a failure to be steward of His authority by abdicating “the sword” (Romans 13:1-7) of civil government to the enemy.
We cannot save or restore America. Our God can. What does He require of us?
Does the Lord take pleasure in thousands of rams,
In ten thousand rivers of]oil?
Shall I give Him my firstborn for my wrongdoings,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has told you, mortal one, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:7,8)
A vibrant, bold, engaged church led by pulpits filled with pastors who don’t care about what people think, their own status, position or comfort in deference to pleasing God by preaching a clear biblical call to die for Christ daily, follow the two greatest commandments…what if?
In addition, what if every follower of Christ was faithful in our citizenship duties by choosing godly leaders of character for governing offices and standing with them to govern in the only way that is good for all people – according to His word of truth.
I thank the Lord that pastors of the U.S. Pastor Council network are leading the way in that standard – we are committed to serving more, reaching more and engaging more effectively in Jesus’ name to reverse the failed state!