In the 1980s, a punk rock group called the Clash made this phrase famous. It is the same question that the Church in America should be asking themselves. In II Peter 3:3-5 Peter writes:
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:”
Notice the text says “walking after their own lusts” and not which side of the fence of salvation the person is standing on. Which means this text could easily apply to the believer as well as the unbeliever. It reminds me of the passage: “How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. (see Hebrews 2:3)
It is very apparent to me that the Lord’s coming is near. Not so much due to the activity of the world, but the inactivity in the Church. How? When we are more concerned about our favorite team’s status then laws being passed to curtail or even outlaw our faith; When the raising of funds is more important than the raising of righteous leaders in our government; Where the Anointing and convicting power of the Holy Spirit is replaced with a feel good psycho-analytical talk for 20-25 min in the pulpit, His coming is near even at the door (see Mark 13:29).
This is not a call to prayer and fasting – although it may include that. This is not a call to be politically active – although it may include that. This is not a call to evangelism – although it may include that. What this is, is a call to repentance. Not a “canned” II Chronicles 7:14 type of repentance. I mean a truly heart-felt, gut wrenching, repentance that you recognize what you have done to the Lord of Glory and you are truly sorry for it. For those are in leadership, let me be clear: This type of repentance does not start with the people, nor should it be a private affair. To the degree of brokenness that can be found in a church is a reflection of how openly broken the leadership is. Contrary to what you heard in seminary, brokenness is a beautiful thing. The world may say, “Never let them see you sweat”. However, the Lord would say, “Always stay broken toward Me and the people”. It is in this brokenness that His Grace will appear. For Scripture says: “…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…”. (see II Corinthians 2:9)
I believe it is time to truly get our affairs in order. Not just social and political, for they important. But our spiritual affairs as well. Our time here is short, for the days are truly evil. Let’s redeem the time as much as we can through our obedience to His Word. In Matthew 24:40-41:
“Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left”.
I can faintly hear the Clash in the background. Do you?