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*"You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." --Yogi Berra
* "Ninety percent of Americans believe in God."
* "Why is America truly a free nation, a country where respect for individuals is so high? It comes from a scriptural premise, from God's revelation that we are created in the likeness and image of God. It is because we believe in God, even though in the details we disagree, that we respect one another."
* "Respect for those who don't believe is an essential Christian virtue."
AMERICA'S ONLY HOPE by Luis Palau
America needs evangelism like never before. Billy Graham once said, "It's either back to the Bible or back to the jungle." The jungle is creeping up on the United States.
Theologian Carl F. H. Henry put it this way: "The barbarians are coming." Dr. Henry could see that without a wave of evangelization that converts hundreds of thousands of people to Jesus Christ, barbarians are going to take over the land. Not foreigners, but our own unrepentant children and grandchildren.
The problem is in the heart, not just the outward behavior that so alarms and frightens God-fearing Americans. God says, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" (Jeremiah 17:9 KJV). What's needed is not more good advice dished out in the newspaper and on television, but the Good News, "the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16 NIV).
Political campaigns, family counseling, and education do nothing about the condition of human depravity. Unless there's a change of heart, nothing's happened to change a person. And unless millions of hearts are changed, little has happened to change America. Dr. Henry says, "The ideal way to transform a sinful society is not political compulsion but spiritual transformation, that is, evangelistic proclamation and regeneration."
If we proclaim the Gospel with all the vigor of the Holy Spirit, I'm convinced hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Americans will listen and trust Jesus Christ for salvation. That's America's only hope.