A popular show that I have seen on TV is called, “Lock-up”. In this show cameras go inside our nation’s prisons and examine the life of an inmate. What is appalling is the number of people that are said to go through those prison doors a day. By midyear 2002, America’s jails held 1 in every 142 U.S. residents. In the article “U.S. Prison Population Tops 2 Million”, author Robert Longley writes: “During the 12-month period ending last June 30, the local jail population increased by 34,235 inmates, the largest increase (5.4 percent) since 1997. State prisons added 12,440 inmates (a 1 percent increase) and the federal prison system grew by 8,042 (5.7 percent).” He also writes, “Twenty states experienced an inmate population increase of 5 percent or more during the 12 months ending June 30, 2002, led by Rhode Island (up 17.4 percent) and New Mexico (11.1 percent). Nine states, including several large states, experienced prison population declines.”
America is getting away from God. We know that if people were following the commands of God, these stats would be dramatically different. In Genesis 4:7, Cain was told by God that if he did well, his countenance would be lifted up, but if he did not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Being a Christian is more than just wearing the name, but following the commands of God through faith. Faith is not something that we do not act upon. In James 2:14-26, we see James making an argument for works. There are different types of works talked about in the New Testament: 1.) Works of merit (Romans 4) 2.) Works of the Law (Galatians 3) 3.) Works of Faith (James 2). James is speaking of Works of Faith or Faith applied. These are not the meritorious works, but the works that have been set out before time by God in Ephesians 2:10.
As Christians, we need to stand up for the Word of God and begin to change our nation for the better. We need to let people know that if they do well, their countenance will be lifted, but if not, sin is crouching at the door.