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Satanic Influence: Has America Gone to Hell? Consider This.

Society is increasingly being overwhelmed with satanic influence in culture, media, and politics.

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Society is increasingly being overwhelmed with satanic influence in culture, media, and politics. The Bible teaches that Satan is a real and powerful spiritual force who seeks to deceive and destroy humanity. In 2 Corinthians 4:4, the Apostle Paul describes Satan as the “god of this world” who blinds the minds of unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ. In Ephesians 6:12, he warns that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

One of the primary ways that Satan exercises his influence in society is through the media. Television shows, movies, music, and video games often glorify sinful behavior, such as violence, sexual immorality, and substance abuse. They also promote values that are contrary to biblical teaching, such as relativism, materialism, and selfishness. In addition, the media often mocks or denigrates Christianity and Christian values, portraying Christians as ignorant or bigoted.

Politics is another arena where satanic influence is evident. Politicians and political parties often promote policies that are contrary to biblical teaching, such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and euthanasia. They also promote ideologies that are contrary to Christian values, such as socialism, secularism, and globalism. Furthermore, politicians and political parties often use lies, deception, and manipulation to advance their agendas, which are tactics that are consistent with Satan’s character.

Culture is another area where satanic influence is pervasive. In particular, the rise of postmodernism has led to a rejection of objective truth and a celebration of moral relativism. This has resulted in a culture that is increasingly tolerant of sinful behavior and hostile to Christian values. Moreover, the entertainment industry, which includes music, movies, and television shows, often glorifies sinful behavior and promotes secularism.

There is a growing concern about Satan’s influence on American culture. The United States was founded on Christian principles and has a rich Christian heritage, but in recent years there has been a significant shift away from those values. Many believe that this shift is due to the influence of Satan and his forces in the culture.

One area where this influence is evident is in the entertainment industry. The media is flooded with television shows, movies, and music that glorify violence, sexual immorality, and other sinful behaviors. Many of these shows and songs promote values that are contrary to the Bible, and they often portray Christians in a negative light. This constant exposure to worldly and sinful messages can desensitize people to sin and make it seem more acceptable.

Another area where Satan’s influence is seen is in the political realm. There is a growing trend towards secularism and relativism, which can lead to a rejection of biblical values. This can be seen in the push for abortion, the redefinition of marriage, and the promotion of the LGBTQ+ agenda. These issues are often framed as issues of justice and equality, but from a Christian perspective, they are clearly sinful and contrary to God’s design for humanity.

In addition to these areas, Satan’s influence can be seen in the breakdown of the family unit. There is a growing acceptance of divorce, cohabitation, and single parenthood, which can lead to the fragmentation of families and a lack of stability for children. This can have long-term negative effects on individuals and society as a whole.

Despite these negative trends, there is hope for Christians. The Bible teaches that Satan is a defeated foe and that through Christ, we have the power to overcome his influence in our lives. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” This verse reminds us that our battle is not against people or institutions, but against spiritual forces.

As Christians, we can take several steps to combat Satan’s influence in our culture. One is to be discerning about what we watch, read, and listen to. We should avoid media that promotes sinful behavior and values and instead seek out content that aligns with biblical values. We should also be active in politics and work to promote policies and leaders that reflect our Christian values.

Another step is to strengthen our own spiritual lives. This can be done through prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with other believers. When we are spiritually strong, we are better equipped to resist the temptations and lies of the enemy.

Finally, we should be a witness to others. We should share the hope that we have in Christ and live in a way that reflects His love and grace. By being a light in the darkness, we can help to combat the influence of Satan and bring others to Christ.

There are several consequences of society being overwhelmed with satanic influence. First, it leads to spiritual blindness and bondage. As Satan blinds people’s minds to the truth of the gospel, they become enslaved to sin and cannot experience the freedom and joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. Second, it leads to moral decay and social unrest. As society becomes more tolerant of sinful behavior, it undermines the traditional family structure and leads to the breakdown of society. This results in increased crime, poverty, and social unrest. Third, it leads to the persecution of Christians. As society becomes increasingly hostile to Christianity, Christians may face persecution and discrimination for their beliefs.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to resist satanic influence in society. The Bible teaches that we are to be “salt and light” in the world (Matthew 5:13-16). This means that we are to live out our faith in our daily lives, and to be a positive influence on those around us. We are also called to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:5), which means that we are to expose false teachings and ideologies that are contrary to biblical truth.

One way that we can resist satanic influence in society is by being discerning consumers of media. We should avoid media that glorifies sinful behavior and promotes secular values. Instead, we should seek out media that promotes Christian values and edifies our faith. We should also speak out against media that denigrates Christianity and Christian values, and support media that promotes a positive message.

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A Nation of Unsung Heroes

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The movie, Unsung Hero, is not only a great movie. It’s a movie that captures the struggle and hard-earned survival and eventual success of millions of Americans who have had to overcome struggles to earn their own American Dream. For two centuries, Americans have been known for their resourcefulness and resilience, and we are not done yet!

We are again living in difficult and challenging times. Surveys suggest that nearly 60% of American families are living paycheck to paycheck. Their solutions to their plight won’t be coming from politicians in Washington. Their success, as always, depends on their will and resourcefulness in overcoming daily obstacles, their ability to survive on limited resources, their scrounging for work that allows them to survive another day, and help from those who care.

That common but heart-rending struggle is conveyed in an inspiring way in Unsung Hero. The film focuses on the early struggles of the Smallbone family in the early 90’s. We watch as David Smallbone’s once-thriving music business as a concert promoter in Australia falls apart. They lose their home, their car, and their life’s savings. With no opportunities in Australia, David moves the family halfway around the world to Nashville to secure the only job he could secure. After missed flights and a long and tiring journey to Tennessee, David learns that his promised job had been given to someone else.

As their dreams fall apart, you watch as the steady faith and creativity of Helen Smallbone, played by Australian actress and mother Daisy Betts, pulls the family through one setback and challenge after another to find a way through. With six children and another on the way, every member of the family is challenged to do their part to keep them afloat. They do yard work, any work that would fill their jar of savings. They couldn’t let it be empty, and they didn’t. They kept finding a way.

They were Australians with no friends, no family, no car, sleeping on beds made out of clothes. To nurture their faith, they began attending a local church. Aware of their needs, church members found ways to help in any way they could. In a foreign country living in a city with over half-a million people, it took finding a loving faith community who cared enough to help. Watch the movie, to find out the rest of the story. Bring plenty of tissue and be ready for a few tears along the way.

America needs this movie right now. Why? Too many people are feeling hopeless in the face of growing inflation and lost jobs. They face frustrating obstacles and enormous challenges, and the answer is summed up by a quotation of Mother Teresa shared in the movie, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” Luke Smallbone, the producer of the film, acknowledged the importance of that truth, “That is really the heartbeat behind the film.” It is also the local solution that has always helped Americans find their way through-the power of family and the presence and support of their local “family of God.”

Washington may send you money, but they can’t provide the flexible and persistent support needed. It’s one’s local family, friends, and faith communities who can encourage resilience and help shape a needed recovery. Solutions come from a local community’s caring and support. It used to always be that way, and it needs to be that way again.

Our nation is full of unsung heroes who are helping their family and friends, and they are more needed than ever. If you don’t have anyone helping you, stop looking to Washinton for the help that will never come no matter who is elected President. Get involved again in your family and your community. Call your family and let them know you need help. Get back involved in your church or synagogue and let God work through them to help you get back on your feet. Investing in community is an adventure that allows you to help and be helped to the glory of God and country.

When you get involved, you most likely will not make any headlines. That is left for terrorists, violent demonstrators, and other disasters and threats out of your control. But America is strong because of millions of unsung heroes who make it all work and seldom get acknowledged. This column is dedicated to you. You deserve to be honored and applauded for all you have done and will do to keep America the country it has been and must remain. May it continue to be so in your adventure!
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Let’s Reclaim America’s Optimism Advantage

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On this New Year’s Day, America needs more than a parade and great football games; our people need renewed optimism in living our American Dream. Instead of looking for government fixes or some magical new president who will make things right, we need a kick in the pants to get busy making America work no matter what obstacles we face.

At the 1992 Republican Convention, Ronald Reagan shared what he considered the secret of his success as our President: “I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidence, rather than your doubts.”

Oh, how we need leadership like that in America today. As we start this year, too many people feel powerless. Inflation may be coming down, but high fuel and food prices have taken their toll on far too many Americans. Watching the invasion on our Southern border means too many of our cities are being overwhelmed with no end in sight. We wonder if there is anything we can do but watch. The sense of despair and helplessness is contagious, but so is optimism. What attitude do you spread?

There is more than you think within your control. Every day, you make choices to make your situation better or worse. Studies of optimism find that optimism comes from a track record of overcoming obstacles. If you have had obstacles the last few years and are still making it work, pat yourself on the back. Be a proud survivor, not a victim so many seem to take pride in claiming to be.

Make each day count by starting your day doing one thing to make your situation better. Find one way to cut expenses. Find a way to increase your resources. Make a call or visit to nurture your network of colleagues and friends. Learn from your mistakes and celebrate your successes, both big and small. Nurture your faith realizing that God gave you gifts and give thanks every day for the blessings you have. Lest you forget, you’re blessed to live in America. People risk everything to come here, and few want to leave.

Yes, this is an election year, and it would sure be a gift to have a leader who would nurture the hope and optimism of all our citizens. So as the campaigns progresses and you listen to potential leaders vying for your support, ask yourself a few key questions:

Do they want to control your choices or ensure your freedoms?

Do they want to make you more or less dependent on government?

Do they want to increase the size of government and entitlements and the taxes needed to fund them or decrease them?

Do they want to force your children to go to public schools that don’t’ get the results your children deserve, or are they willing to give you the freedom to pick the schools your children need?

Do they disagree with their opponents and state why, or do they demean them and call them names?

Do they want to grow the size of government and its debt, or do they want to decrease both?

Do they believe in the citizens they represent, or do they convey that they are the answer to America’s future?

Do they take responsibility for their mistakes and actions or quickly deny responsibility and blame others?

No President is perfect. It’s easy to promise and a lot harder to deliver. Reagan focused on three things: an optimism based on free-enterprise innovation, smaller government, and lower taxes. He delivered on all but smaller government. As Reagan advisor Arnold Laffer confessed, “When it came to cutting welfare payments and school lunch,…it was very hard. Someone would come over and say, ‘How can you cut school lunches?’ Reagan would reply, ‘I guess you’re right; I’ll tell them not to cut that one.’”

The pressure to keep growing government is tempting and easy to understand, but it is not what America was created for. America’s form of government was designed to protect citizens from an over-controlling, over-taxing government. We need to reclaim that passion for freedom and self-reliance. Our founding citizens wanted the opportunity to pursue happiness, not happiness given to them at the expense of other taxpayers.

The election is months away. So I’m going to borrow on the optimism of Ronald Reagan to inspire us all on this first day of 2024: “I’m not taking your time…to ask you to trust me. Instead, I ask you to trust yourself. That is what America is all about… It’s the power of millions of people like you who will determine what will make America great again.”

Reagan wouldn’t want us to wait for the next election. We’ve had enough of eloquent politicians who think they have all the answers. We need to believe in ourselves and get busy living our own dreams. Then, in November, let’s elect a leader who will stay out of our way and give “We the People” freedom again—freedom to fail, succeed, and thrive in our own American Dream!
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