Author of Twilight’s Last Gleaming
Q: Your latest book is Twilight’s Last Gleaming: How America’s Last Days Can Be Your Best Days. Explain what you mean by America’s last days.
I want to help people realize that, ultimately, we are not going to save America. America’s days are numbered, because this world’s days are numbered. But instead of reacting with despair and fear, Christians are to realize that while we cannot prevent the demise of our country, we can delay the demise of our country by being the salt and light Jesus commanded us to be. That’s really what this book is about: how Christians can be salt and light in a decaying and darkening world.
Q: You mentioned a “tide of immorality” sweeping the nation. What are some of the issues you think Christians are facing in America today?
One chapter of the book is devoted to how Christians should vote. John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, said, “It is our duty to prefer and select Christians as our leaders.” In the Old Testament days, the spiritual direction of the country was directed by the king. If he was a righteous king, the nation was blessed by God; if he was an unrighteous king, then the nation was cursed by God. In our democracy, we get to choose our leaders. Although I’m not going to tell people who to vote for in the 2012 election, I’m going to talk about what criteria every Christian ought to use to select a candidate for office, including the President’s.
Is the candidate a Christian?
How would a candidate’s faith impact his policies?
Do his policies align with the Bible?
How does he view the Constitution?
Q: What would be your advice to Christians who are trying to navigate the current cultural terrain?
I really think Christians have gone to one of two extremes in the past. One extreme, in reaction to what has been happening in our country, is political activism—the belief that if we can just elect the right candidates and enact the right laws, we can save America. The other extreme has been political passivism. That is to say, “Well, that’s not our responsibility. We’re just to preach the gospel and leave that political stuff up to other people.” I think we’re actually to do both. I think we do, as Christians, need to stand up and push back against the tide of immorality that is sweeping our country. Instead of hunkering down and buying gold and waiting for the end to come, we ought to see that we have an unprecedented opportunity to share the gospel in these dark times.
Q: In these days of economic distress, many Americans are looking for answers. How would your book benefit those who are not necessarily Christians?
For those who aren’t Christians, it will make them realize that the only hope for our culture ultimately is faith in Jesus Christ. What I’m saying to people is that the only way to save America is by saving Americans. Just like the Statue of Liberty holds up the torch, Christians need to hold up the light of the gospel. So mainly this series is directed to Christians, to motivate them not to be angry or depressed or apathetic about our country’s situation, but to be proactive and do what God’s commanded us to do.
(Q&A adapted from an interview with The Christian Post.)
Dr. Jeffress is the pastor of the 11,000 member First Baptist Church, Dallas and hosts a daily radio program heard on 720 stations nationwide. He regularly appears on major mainstream media outlets such as FOX News Channel’s Fox and Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, Cavuto on Business, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN, MSNBC and Real Time with Bill Maher.
Twilight’s Last Gleaming examines how economic chaos, immorality, terrorism and global turmoil have convinced many that we are living in the twilight days of America. For everyone who wonders what can be done right now--within our culture, our churches, in the voting booth and our neighborhoods--
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