Christians are Starving to Death in America?
One of the great fears some have during this shut down due to Covid-19 is that there will be a food shortage. In our previous article there was a shortage of God’s Word from the prophets because the people rejected the Truth. Today, there is a shortage of spiritual food in the land because of the people have reject the Bible as God’s Truth.
The following suggestions can help keep Americans from starving to death spiritually.
What Can We Do to Stop the Starvation?
Return to the Table and Feast Upon the Abundance of God’s Word
In a 2010 post-apocalyptic world, Eli travels through what once was the United States following a nuclear holocaust. He has a book which is very powerful and sought after by those who want to misuse it. This powerful book turns out to be the Bible. Unlike those of Amos’ day, or the world portrayed in the Book of Eli, we enjoy an abundance of Bibles. In fact, Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matt. 24:35). God’s Word is everywhere and in every language. Like the Prodigal Son, there are times when we all need to “come to ourselves” and arise and go back to our Father’s House. There is an abundance of Bibles in America. Americans are experiencing famine when they could be experiencing a feast.
Reject the Diet of Spiritual Junk Food
A man was trying to cut costs, so he began to gradually substitute sawdust in the oats of his mule. Everything was fine for a period, and the animal was satisfied with sawdust. Then the mule died of mal-nourishment.
Americans are not starving because of a lack of Truth but because of a lack of the pure unadulterated truth. So much emotionalism and lies and watered down preaching has left the masses in these mega-churches starved for what really edifies the soul. Paul warned, “for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
Create an Appetite and Thirst for God’s Word
America needs to develop a strong appetite for the Word of God. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matt. 5:6). Ever see a baby try with all its might to grab a bottle when it is hungry. Those who spiritually hunger are to be “…as newborn babes, DESIRE the pure MILK of the word, that you may grow thereby…” (1 Peter 2:2).
Speaking of the people of Berea Luke wrote, “these were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). As our daily appetite results in Americans eating three meals a day, so a healthy spiritual appetite needs to be a daily habit.
Does God see our spiritual bones, because we have not been feeding on God’s Word? Are you in the Word daily? It is ironic that the Illinois public schools do not allow students to read the Bible, but the Illinois penal code requires the state to provide a Bible for every inmate. Perhaps if they reversed this policy there would be less mouths to feed in the prison, because more souls would be fed among the youth.
– Daniel R. Vess