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Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”  I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.

They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

-Nehemiah 2:17

Today the church is in America is in trouble, Jerusalem lies in ruins. 

Christian beliefs are no longer a given, with people believing just anything they want to today and being accepted.  Once the dominate universally accepted religion in the US, today many people look down on Christianity seeing it as ignorant, mythical, outdated, or outright evil.  It's gotten to the point where people have begun to openly question the very historical existence of Jesus Christ. We live in Post-Christian America, just as the Jews were living in post-exile Jerusalem.

 Remnants of the church are still here and active in the US, but like the Jewish people living in Post-Exile Jerusalem, people inside churches do not realize how badly in need of repair Christianity's reputation in the United States is.  

The church has become so divided that if you ask what is means to be a Christian, your answer might very well vary from church to church. Worse, many well-meaning people have only heard remnants of the Gospel and not the full story of salvation leading to false beliefs about its message. The story and message of Jesus Christ needs to be told. Youth are like the walls of Jerusalem; it is time to rebuild and repair.

As Nehemiah had a heartfelt burden to rebuild and restore the Holy City to its greatness, we have a burden to rebuild the lost reputation of Jesus Christ and his message, to a generation of youth living in the United States who have either never heard the Gospel, or have heard a broken view of Jesus true message that has caused them to reject him.

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