So I exhort the leaders among you as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed….

—1 Peter 5:1

Since our nation’s founding, America has been distinguished and defined by spiritual leadership. Men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Patrick Henry built our government upon the foundations of faith.

As Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”  

Nearly 100 years later, President Abraham Lincoln confirmed our nation’s Judeo-Christian foundation when he said, “… it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God… and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”

Clearly our forefathers rose to the challenges of their day, and in the process they gave us a remarkable nation. So how shall you and I respond to the challenges of our day? 

I believe the kind of strong spiritual leadership America needs today is not just found in our statehouses or in the White House. I believe it is found in our churches. There is no problem so big in America that it can’t be solved if America’s churches will rise to the challenge!

This 4th of July, let’s not only pray for our government leaders, but let’s pray for the leadership in our churches across this great nation.

And let’s pray for and expect a wave of courage and boldness for America’s pastors and church leaders to stand upon God’s Word and the godly principles this nation was built on.

THERE IS NO PROBLEM SO BIG IN AMERICA THAT IT CAN’T BE SOLVED IF AMERICA’S CHURCHES WILL RISE TO THE CHALLENGE!