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Are America’s best days behind us? They might just be. As a people we have abandoned God and His teachings. Millions of innocent babies are killed each year in the name of “choice”.

We have abandoned God’s teachings and it appears money has become the god of choice for many Americans. We truly seem to have abandoned the principles that made America the greatest nation in the history of the world.

Our nation faces enormous fiscal challenges to return to our status as a great nation. But more importantly, the challenges we face are spiritual. As a people we have turned our back on God, choosing our ways over His. If we do not repent of our sins and humble ourselves before God, he will continue to remove His hand of protection over us as a nation.

In the midst of the crisis we face, it is a great opportunity for God’s people to shine brighter than ever. When people worry about the circumstances around them, we can show the peace of God that transcends all human understanding. We can reach out to those who find their hope and joy in things of this world and point them to Jesus Christ—the one who offers eternal hope and peace. We can choose to join in on the hateful speech and rhetoric of the world—or we can show the love of God, no matter what our earthly circumstances.

I am by nature an optimist. I believe our nation CAN rebound from this crisis—if we return to our first love—Jesus Christ. But no matter what the American people collectively decide to do, our duties as Christians remain the same. To stand up boldly and proclaim God’s truth—to love one another even when we disagree—and to never compromise our Christian faith no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in.

The Apostle Paul said he learned to be content no matter what his circumstances. We as Christians in the United States have the opportunity to do the same. Let’s keep our eyes and hearts on Jesus Christ and eternity. Let us not give into fear and worry, no matter what the fate of our nation or this world. God is so worth that.