California: God-forsaken or a mission field?


I’m one of many Christians still living in California. I ask the question, Is California a God-forsaken place or a vast mission field?

Los Angeles

Yeah, Commiefornia, home of “LA LA Land”, “Hollyweird”, “San Franpsycho”, “Suckramento”, “Beserkly”, and the “People’s Republic of Santa Monica”. These leftist enclaves dominate California politics and have demonstrated they want nothing to do with God based on their assembly bills, propositions, and local ordinances.

California doesn’t just have a Democrat-controlled legislature, it has a wacko communist-socialist legislature that runs roughshod over a feckless and emasculated Republican Party. As a result, Cali is the embodiment of wasteful spending (bullet train to nowhere) excessive taxes, stunning homelessness, rising crime, and a crumbling education system.

Courtesy Epoch Times

Yep, the state is a leftist cauldron of madness. Corrupt authoritarians are free to indulge their inner communist with little to no opposition. Based on this reality, one would be justified saying the state is God-forsaken and certainly not a mission field.

So why would any Christian choose to stay in California? The simple answer: this is where God has placed us for now.

Grandchildren to live nearer to, out-of-state job opportunities , and retirement, these are some of the reasons my closest Christian brothers and sisters have left California. They are now living in states such Texas,Arizona and Florida.

Now I don’t fault them. In fact, I couldn’t be happier for them. I believe God has led my brethren according to His will and purposes, just as He has placed me and other God-fearing, Bible-believing Christians in California, for now

God-fearing and Bible-believing are important distinctions because when I speak of Christians, I am not referring to liberal denominations given over to doctrines of demons. I’m talking about those lovers of Christ who are ridiculed and despised because they believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God that is just as worthy now as when each book was first written.

Because these “dangerous” Christians continue to populate this state, I do not believe it is God-forsaken. God has not completely abandoned California, because He promises never to leave or forsake his people.

For the LORD will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage; for justice will return to the righteous and all the upright in heart will follow it. –Psalm 94:14-15 (English Standard Version)

God-fearing, Bible-believing Christians are the LORD’s people and His heritage. It is written that He will never abandon us and that justice will return to the righteous. This applies no matter where He has placed us, even in California.

Corrupt religious and civic officials, amoral politicians, high taxation, and the persecution of Christians have been the norm in this fallen world. Yet, the gospel of Jesus Christ changed lives then and continues to do so today.

The Christian church growth is exploding in far more hostile countries such as Iran and China and the continent of Africa. Why not California?

I believe California is a vast mission field that Christians shouldn’t write off. That the state looks insurmountable, as far as Godlessness goes, is every reason to testify about Jesus.

When is God most glorified? When the odds appear wholly in the enemy’s favor. Check out the parting of the Red Sea, the fall of Jericho, the story of David and Goliath, and the story of Gideon for some Biblical examples. For a more contemporary example, read about Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967.

Preaching the Christian gospel amid countries dominated by the hostile and murderous forces of Communism, Islam, and other pagan religions will drive even the weakest Christian to his knees in daily or even hourly fervent prayer. When a believer sees the growth of the body of Christ, despite intimidation, murder, imprisonment, and other terrorist tactics, that is a testament to the glory of God.

What’s the worse we face in California? Politicians use ordinances against us, people slandering us as bigots, severed friendships, bad press, and maybe the occasional act of vandalism. No threats of death, beatings, or imprisonment; just people hating on us. Maybe we got this if we make up our minds to step up and obey whatever God is calling us to do.

Remember, nothing can stand against the power of God carried out through the Son, Jesus. Not even the liberal leftist mecca that is California.

Califonia is not God-forsaken as long as God -fearing Christians live here. For now, this state is a vast mission field.


Welcome to the Discerning Pundit

Thank you for visiting the Discerning Pundit, my first and hopefully successful attempt in the blogosphere

First and foremost I am a Christian. My Lord and Savior is Jesus Christ who died for my sins on the cross, was resurrected three days later and sits at the right hand of God. I am the author of the book, No Christian Man is an Island and I have written columns for The American Thinker. My background is in broadcast journalism.

So why the name Discerning Pundit? Discernment is an important spiritual gift from God that blesses us with the ability tell right from wrong and good from evil. Discernment also helps to distinguish truth from lies.

My goal is to present spiritual , cultural and political topics from a Christian point of view. This is not the place to be if you think Christians need to show how nice and inoffensive they are.

Truth is the focus. Not subjective truth that everyone believes they possess in this day and age, but truth measured with the word of God.

America is in a weakened state, because corruption is running rampant. None of our institutions have resisted this onslaught. This is because the country has turned from God.

What America needs is revival. We need to return to God.

Secondarily, Americans need to learn their founding documents, specifically, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The former document declares that our rights come from God and not from man. The latter document describes our system of limited federal government where most of the power resides in the people and the individual states.

For far too long, people have farmed out the responsibility of their freedom to others. Recent events over the past two years have begun to jar people awake to the spiritual state of our nation.

It is my hope that this blog will aid in the effort of opening more Americans’ eyes.

We’ll see where the Lord leads with this blog. In the meantime I welcome your comments.

Dex Bahr