You may not like what I am about to share because you think I’ve gone from inspiring to meddling. If so, you’re right. The reason is simple. We are experiencing a crisis of character right now. It’s huge. It’s growing. And it must be addressed right now.

It involves leaders in our government, business, education, entertainment and even the church. But what may be even more painful to admit is that we know how easily it can begin to envelop us. This crisis manifests itself in the use of power for personal sexual pleasure; lying to keep up a façade of respectability, spreading hatred and innuendo about others as a political strategy; and turning money, power and material wealth into a new version of the holy trinity. Cynicism may lead us to say that this is just the way the world has always worked. And maybe it is. But something has changed. So much so, that it seems that any notion of a hopeful future is disintegrating right before our eyes. That’s why this is the time to get serious about God. Not just by acknowledging that some generic God exists or calling upon that God to bless us the way we want. But by getting over our need to be in control of our lives, and instead getting absolutely serious about God who created us, loves us unconditionally, calls us to live in relationship with Jesus Christ and invites us to share the heart of God with the world. Of course, we all know this is not something that will magically transform everyone and everything right away. But the fact of the matter is that it is the best place I know to start.