My software engineer friend and I got together for our weekly coffee meeting on this 28th day in June, 2012, and lamented over the state of our country, the United States of America. It was the survival of the president’s health care law that spun us off in that direction, but it was—and is—more than that.

What baffles me, regardless of one’s political persuasion, is how those in power continue to think that we can spend more than we take in. Adding a mind-boggling expense/tax at this time in our economic state just defies imagination. I just don’t get it.

However, that’s only part of it, my friend and I realized as the talked. Perhaps the Republicans win this November and claim all three branches of government—will that really change very much? Yes, for a time. Even if Obamacare were overturned, we’d only be temporarily holding back the demise of this great nation in which we have grown up and which we love and appreciate. We would still have laws in place that allow the slaughter of millions of helpless children. We would still have laws in place that affirm the marriage of homosexual individuals.

This culture is degenerating, and no matter how many laws we pass or repeal, it will continue to degenerate for two reasons and two reasons only. First, the majority of those who live in this nation have turned away from God. Second, the Church has been compromised by the culture. We no longer offer the world examples of sacrificial, loving-God-more-than-the-world, lives.

What hope is there? There is always hope in Jesus Christ, but that hope in Him might not necessarily mean that this country will be the country with the positive characteristics that many of us remember. To show you how far we have fallen, just that fact that hearkening back to a time when abortion and homosexuality were not normative, will summon others to point out how intolerant we actually were back in the “old days.”

The answer? We must fervently, daily, pray for this nation to turn to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We must pray that those of us who are Christians will live sacrificial lives in a culture that idolizes personalities, glorifies selfish retirement activities and looks to wealth for security and safety. We must pray that the Church puts away its personality-driven, top down leadership model for one that lines up with the way Jesus and the apostles taught us to lead.

Do I have hope that any of this will happen? Honestly, no. I’ve come to the conclusion that all I can do is serve the Lord Jesus, and that means that I will often be laboring in the company of a very few people. And as I do so, I will continue to witness the sad, slow degeneration of a nation I so dearly love.