Over the last couple of weeks I have been hearing the persecution of Christians around the world. Not that’s anything new. What is new is the amount of incidents that are being reported. From the murder of an American missionary across the Mexican border to the killing of Christians in Egypt. One common thread they all have…they are in places where religious freedom is either curtailed, or non-existent.
What about here in America? Do we honestly believe that God will protect us because we are Americans? Are we to think that because we send more missionaries, more Bibles, more money to propagate the Gospel than any other nation on Earth, that we are exempt from shepherding the rights and freedoms that He has entrusted to us? The one thing I believe that the Church in America has forgotten, is the primary reason why America was founded to begin with. This country was founded on religious persecution. There were those in Europe who wanted to escape State-run religion and religious activities. Our founders knew that evil unrestrained today will be evil in control tomorrow. This is why people such as George Washington who said “It is impossible to rightly govern without God and the Bible”. Note he did not say you could not govern. He said you could not rightly govern. It is why John Adams – Second President and Chief Architect of our Constitution said, “Our Constitution is for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the governing of any other”. Notice he made a distinction between being a moral and being a religious person. Which simply means you can be a morally oriented, patriot minded person and still not believe that the God of the Bible gave you the freedoms that you enjoy.
That being said, what about us? The ones who claim Jesus is Lord (according to Romans 10:9)? Do we just lay down and wait on the Rapture? While I myself do wait, hope and anticipate for that most blessed event, I would rather have Jesus find me working to keeping the Gospel free to preach and provide the opportunity for people being able to hear it. The only two ways that could happen in America is by the prayers, repentance and education of the Church in America that we, not the politicians are the guardians of our rights and freedoms. Secondly, by voting responsibly and to hold those we put in authority accountable to we the people. It is in this two prong approach that will give us the time needed to reach the lost with His saving message, as well as having the ability to prosper our nation. Alexis De Tocqueville, a French philosopher said, “When America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great”. He discovered that the greatness in America is found in our churches.
Are you up for a rediscovering adventure?
We have all have heard by now about the tragedy that occurred in Tucson, AZ. As troubling as the incident was, what was more troubling was the place Obama was telling the nation to place their hope in. By placing “Together We Thrive” T-shirts at a memorial service is not only inappropriate, its sets the dangerous precedent that the hope in ourselves is more desirable than the hope in God. The Babylonians made the same mistake and found out the hard way that God is not to be disrespected. This would be a non-issue in my opinion except for the overwhelming silence of the Church in America. Why has there been no outrage that a head of State would turn a memorial service into a campaign platform for his own re-election? Yet these “shepherds” would tell us “sheep” to “pray for our president”.
As a Christian who happens to be an American, I am not only saddened by the lack of our concern of what Obama did, but I am angry at those who are supposed to be the “guardians of our soul” who have in essence sold us out to the government so that they can keep their “business” going. Jesus said in Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” That not only applies to the “world” but it is especially prevalent in the Church in America as well. We as a church body in America has become of nation of “doers” instead of a nation of “thinkers”. We are being told by our spiritual “leaders” what to do and not to question why we do it. In short the Church in America have become a spiritual oligarchy. For those who do not believe me, ask your Pastor/Priest this question: “Why have I heard about the stewarding of my money and not the stewarding of my freedom from the pulpit”? “Didn’t they both come from God”? and watch their reaction.
We have been led to sleep by those who claim they speak for God, yet their actions say otherwise. Likewise, we are equally as guilty for a having a low discernment. By not being the “Bereans” that we should have been, we have been led down the primrose path of self-destruction – and have inadvertently taken the nation down with us. We must wake up out of our spiritual slumber (for some of us it is a coma), wipe the “sleep” from our eyes and realize that without repentance to God we in the Church have doomed America to being reduced to a third-world nation, complete with all the ills and the lack of freedom that they have.
As I stated in previous posts, the hour is that late and the situation is that serious. The only true hope we have is in Jesus Christ. For leaders in the pulpit can not be trusted if they are not preaching the Word of God – line upon line, precept upon precept, – which would include the founding and stewarding of our rights and freedoms. I would urge all who read this to leave your church if the leadership refuses to do this. Judgment is coming and it always starts in the House of God. Like order and repentance, judgment never starts from the bottom up, nor is it complete until the whole house is swept.
Let’s examine ourselves and find that our hope is in the right place.
How fast the decade has flown by us. it was only 10 years ago at this time the entire planet was waiting on baited breath to see if the world as we know it would stop functioning (Y2K). Fast forward 10 years and the world once again is waiting to see if we would cease to function. Although this time it is not so much from a technological point of view, as it is from a political, moral and most importantly a spiritual one. The planet is slowly moving from policing our respective nation states into a global police state. Only two things stand in the way: The U.S. Constitution and the Church in America.
Why? Because these two things go hand in hand. The Constitution spells out our freedoms and the limitations of government. The Church in America is the gatekeeper that has been entrusted by God to keep the Constitution functioning – not the politicians. Now why would I say that? While it is true that the politicians take the oath to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution, part of the role of the Church is to make sure they keep their oath. Why? Since our rights come from God, who better to ensure that those rights are stewarded correctly? If one of them fails, the other will surely be held captive. This is why freedom properly defined, is the right to do as you ought, not as you please. For that to happen a standard – a sense of right and wrong must be established. Standards must be anchored in truth. That being said there is no higher truth found in human history than Biblical Truth. When you examine the Constitution as well as Declaration of Independence objectively and with no presupposition, you can not come back with any other conclusion that the Founders believed that our rights come from God. That we who name Jesus as Lord, are obligated to ensure that these rights are preserved for future generations. Along with propagation of the Gospel, we the Church in America I believe, is mandated by God to make sure our Representatives – at all levels of government, maintain the Biblical standard of ethics and legislation.
Technologically speaking, in the last six months we have heard that an implantable microchip is available. Inadvertently, there are Christians who do not know their Bible and think that the chip itself is the “Mark of the Beast” (see Revelation 13:16-18). Two things are keeping this from being the “Mark”. First, the “beast” has not appeared on the world stage (and no, it is not Barack Obama). Secondly the chipping of human beings at the time of this writing is voluntary, not mandatory as Revelation 13:16 describes.
As we the Church in America enter into 2011 we must make no mistake. A mark will be made this year. The question is what kind of mark will you as a believer will leave behind. Will you be known as a person that was despised because you refused to do your job? A person that conspired to abandon your job of maintaining Constitutional vigilance and leaving it up to someone else to do for you? Or will you be known as a person who stood up for righteousness in the public square and the political arena; To be an inspiration to our countrymen that Biblical Truth is worth living for and that God ordained liberty is worth fighting for.
Choose wisely and quickly Church. Only 364 days left before the rest of America decide which mark did we leave.