Although I was born and raised in the Ozarks of Missouri and live in the great state of Texas, I love Kentucky! Whether it is “Wildcat” basketball, Golden Pond, fishing on the many lakes and rivers,man I love Kentucky–it is beautiful. But the main thing about my memories of Kentucky has to do with the fact that I have preached all over the western half of the state. That’ why the news headline caught my eye. I was even more interested when I saw the specific location–“Manchester, Ky.” I have preached there on numerous occasions and we even started a church there. Now the story gets sad.
The article told about a US Census worker who was found hanged from a tree near a cementary. The man had the word “fed” scrawled on his chest. He was evidently a victim of anti-government sentiment. In Clay County, Ky. that’s not unusal. It is a tough place to live.
Not long ago I wrote an article called,”Just Waiting for a Spark”, describing the ever mounting tension that is building in our nation. I fear we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg. Our leaders are pushing us toward socialism, while totally ignoring the real problems in our country, and bitter resentment is building every day. Our nation is in serious trouble and the greatest threat is from within, not from without.
The solution to our problem, of course, is a spiritual awakening, but we see no signs of that. What we must remember is that revival happens one person at a time. A nation is no better than the people within it. Our best and only hope for turning our nation around is for Christians to get right with God and get busy preaching the gospel and establishing churches. We are not going to solve our problems by finding a political champion to defeat the opposing party. Our problem is of a spiritual nature and only a genuine revival in our churches can bring about the transformation that is needed. And, remember–that happens one person at a time. Has it happened in your life? Think about it!