I had a thought about the end times. If the world must get worse in order for Christ to come, then Christians across the world will have to be in strict governments. The world is constantly getting more evil; however, some generations are cleansed by the grace of God. This resets the cycle so to speak. Not that a revival can’t happen in a closed government setting, but it is a lot easier for a Christian to have impact over a group when he is free to do so, and/or can impact people at a higher level. The past 1800 years have been just that. Christians have been leaders of countries. Many countries have allowed Christians to spread the Gospel freely. However, those freedoms are being taken and we are giving them away. In many African and Asian countries, it is illegal to be a Christian or to share your faith. These Christians can impact some, but do not have authority in their countries. In Europe and America, Christians have been free to live out their faith. But we are quickly losing our privileges. We are complacent to what is going on around us. We have the freedom to hold positions that can impact large numbers, but we are slowly giving those up. However, I think that a lull in the spiritual realm for Christians has to happen for the end times to come. If we were using our freedoms I think we would “postpone” judgement day. But we are not and soon the entire world will not be impacted by Christians on a high level. We will not get newsletters telling about missionaries. All we will have is the hope that in 1 Peter 5:9, “you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” Now you may at this point say, “yay”, end times are coming. Well, we should not be complacent like many of our Christian brethren. God makes it clear that we are accountable to him for the choices we make that affect society. And how great would it be to delay Judgement day my cleansing a whole generation! Whether or not the end times are right around the corner, I think that Christians across the globe will have to lose their political authority and their freedoms. This may happen easily if Christians give these freedoms up themselves.