As we listen to the claims of most politicians, it would appear that our future rests on great secular leaders who can organize and inspire the people. But for those willing to think through the lessons of history, the theological state of our nation is of far more lasting importance than the existential analyses of those in the spotlight. When the founders of mighty nations are discussed, many different names come to mind. Alexander the Great, Caesar, Charlemagne, Napoleon, and George Washington are examples. Conquerors and generals, politicians and potentates seem to take center stage when nations rise to greatness. But, in truth, the most powerful historical figures in the birth and development of the world's freest and richest nations have been Christian theologians and missionaries.
Matthew Henry, the premier Bible commentator of America's colonial era stated it clearly: "The mighty heroes of the world ... conquered nations for themselves and made them miserable; the apostles conquered them for Christ and made them happy." To the student of history the above observation is not a surprise. But to a generation largely unaware of any significant, culturally relevant theologians, this truth is difficult to understand.
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