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Editorial


We are not alone

 

To motivate the church to become outward-focused and missional, the ReachAmerica Coalition has attempted to create a sense of urgency by detailing America’s problems, exposing its sins, and demonstrating how far the nation has drifted from its spiritual roots.

I am not in denial. Things have gotten pretty crazy and frightening. But we are not even close to raising the white flag of surrender or throwing in the towel of defeat. While many may be looking at the state of America and experiencing anxiety, apathy or even anger, God has promised His church a victorious outcome.

When Elisha was in the midst of a showdown with the Aramean army, he and his servant found themselves trapped in the city of Dothan. Early in the morning, the servant went outside and panicked at the sight of horses and chariots on every side of town. God’s representatives were surely about to be massacred. The servant ran in terror to the prophet.

Elisha didn’t look for human solutions, a scheme to escape, or an appeal to the outside world for armies to come save them. “ ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘O, Lord, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:16,17, NIV).

We desperately need our eyes to be opened to the supernatural dimension. God is alert to the threats we face in modern America. He has our situation under constant surveillance and is prepared to act with overwhelming force if necessary. Not everyone sees God’s heavenly legions at the moment — but we, of all people, should see them. We are far from alone.

Alton Garrison

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