How did we get to here? How did we arrive at this juncture in our nation, or even in our lives? Many people are wrestling with this question to some extent in this season. An even more significant question is: “How do we get to where we need to be?”

There is only one answer, regardless of what government, the media, our educational systems, business and economy, the arts and entertainment industry (including sports), family, and yes, even the church, are trying to tell us. The only true answer: Jesus – period. We must keep our eyes and our lives focused on Jesus more intently and more purposefully than ever before, if we truly desire to get to where we need to be in the midst of what’s going on all around us; in the midst of all we are personally having to discern and walk through.

There are multiple “voices” attempting daily to capture our attention and support: every voice is trying to convince, attract, or direct us in whatever path the experts (man) in that position or field have determined to be the “change,” the “right way,” or the “direction we need to go.” This is precisely why our nation has become so polarized throughout the past season. People have been “blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14). Jesus is the only way we need to concern ourselves with (John 14:6). The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and Jesus is the only way to our great need for God’s wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:25). (In spite of certain political agendas, America’s motto remains, “In God we trust.”)

With all of the reports we are hearing daily (i.e. left media news verses right cable news), how do we really know which one is telling us the truth? Jesus is the only truth (John 14:6, 17:3, Ephesians 4:21,1 John 5:6). Unless He lives in us and His Spirit is teaching us, there is no way to discern the real truth in these times we are living in (John 16:13). If we’re not keeping our eyes on Jesus, and are not being led by His Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Might, Knowledge and Fear of the Lord, we are at risk of being deceived by those vying for our attention; those who do not really know Him, and those who are being used by the father of all lies (John 8:44, 1 John 2:22). (There are multiple references and warnings in the New Testament pertaining to our vulnerability to lies and deception. The original sin occurred because of deception (Genesis 3). The devil is a master deceiver and he knows how to manipulate man to deceive and be deceived.) The end result of deception is fear and death.

If we are truly honest with ourselves, we are currently experiencing on almost every level and in almost every sector of society, the fruit of a culture with a spirit of death. Even conservative cable news is unable to speak into a culture of life, because they report and expose “what is seen” from a natural perspective (which is of course, negative or fearful, because “rotten” is the fruit of a culture with a spirit of death). The media is not speaking life and hope into the lives of their viewers (speaking or prophesying the unseen according to the truth of Scripture or to the revelation and leading of Holy Spirit). As Christians, we are being called to a new level of carrying the life of Christ – the fruit of a culture of life – to a world around us in need of choosing life. Unless our eyes are focused on Jesus, the only true life, (John 3:16-17, 14:6), we will not be able to think life-giving thoughts, much less speak life-giving words or carry life-producing actions into our families, schools, workplaces, or communities.

Fact: we are accountable for the next generation. They are trusting the adults (parents, teachers, mentors, and leaders) in their lives to equip them in the way they should go. If our eyes are focused on anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ, we will fail them. In this season, we need to cry out to the Lord, who alone empowers us to keep our focus on Him, and who alone is able to guide, protect, and provide for us. We must stay on the path of truth and life. We need to lead our children and youth on this very path of choosing eternal truth and life. We cannot entrust this generation to our government (not executive, legislative nor judicial), to our educational systems (I have such a burden for our children and youth who are being immersed in humanism, but that is for another article), to the media, nor to the arts and entertainment industry. This is first and foremost, the responsibility of the family (mothers AND fathers), and then, for the Church to come alongside the family to encourage, support, equip, and edify.

We, the Church, MUST NOT COMPROMISE the truth of the Word (for the sake of being politically correct or seeker sensitive), nor can we be complacent or indifferent to this challenge. Let us continue to “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things…Only let us live up to what we have already attained” (Philippians 3:14-16). Let us rise up and answer His call to speak and carry Life and Truth throughout this nation and into this next generation.

I awoke one morning earlier this year to the question posed at the beginning of this article: “How did we get to here?” The following words are the words the Lord sang through me in answer to this question:

I Am
Copyright 2009 Tammy Sorenson/Jaran Family Ministires/the arts express’d

I see every face on every single child
That nobody wanted
The world threw them away
I see every tear on every single face
Of every broken heart needing someone to look their way

I Am the only answer
Don’t believe the lies they say
I Am the only hope
You’re all crying out for this day
How did we get to here?
And how do we get to where we need to be?
Jesus is My name

I see every child, hungry, sick, abused
Crying for someone to take away their pain
I see every child empty and alone
Fearing that no one cares or knows their name

I Am the only answer
Don’t believe the lies they say
I Am the only hope
You’re all crying out for this day
How did we get to here?
And how do we get to where we need to be?
Jesus is My name

I Am the love you’re looking for
I Am peace and so much
I Am your way, your truth, your life
I Am

I am the freedom that you seek
I Am your strength when you are weak
I Am the shelter from this storm
I Am

How did we get to here?
And how do we get to where we need to be?
Jesus is My name