In an open letter this week, Billy Graham wrote: “The farther we get from God, the more the world spirals out of control. My heart aches for America and its deceived people. The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. In Jonah’s day, Nineveh was the lone world superpower—wealthy, unconcerned, and self-centered. When Jonah proclaimed God’s warning, people heard and repented.”
As I reflected on Billy Graham's words, the thought came to me that the Bible says judgment will begin with the house of God—the Church (1 Peter 4:17). Of what might the Church in America need to repent? Many Christian leaders are concerned that the American Church is trying so hard not to offend the world she has forgotten to be other-worldly. God is looking for a new generation of non-conformists (Rom 12:2) who will reject the world’s influence and everything that undermines His Holiness.
Billy Graham is 'right on' that deception is at an all time high. The American Church is at risk! David's ancient prayer seems quite relevant for the 21st century Church: “Search us, O God, and know our hearts; test us, and point out anything we're doing that offends you” (Psalm 139:23-24).