Spiritual Deception or Political Blindness: What does the Church Suffer From?

“Time flies when you’re having fun”.

So the saying goes.  However, I find the time that we are living in is flying faster than ever – even though we’re suffering in this kettle of pain we chose to jump into back in 2008.  At the time the nation was chanting “Hope and Change” and “Yes We Can”.  Now the nation is slowly waking up to the fact that without God there is no “Hope”.  To be independent from Him will not result in any “Change”.  Finally, we in the Church who have been commissioned by God to save the lost, recognized that by dazzling people with our hip programs, our seeker sensitive culture and our palatable Gospel, we have concluded that without the power of the Holy Spirit, “No We Can’t”.

We are about 9 months away from choosing another President.  There has been a lot of chatter in churches – “Black” churches especially, that people will re-elect Barack Obama based solely on his skin tone.  Regardless of your political affiliation, the standard of choosing a leader to rule over you should always be based on the Word of God.  Those who choose political expediency over God’s Word are no better.  Sarah Palin, who claims to be an unashamed Christian wrote a note on Facebook concerning Bella Santorum, Rick Santorum’s daughter who was admitted to the hospital recently, “Thank you, Rick and Karen Santorum, for living the Christ-like example of sacrifice and right priorities”…..  Yet she endorses Newt Gingrich for President?

As I have said in previous postings, “Just because I say I’m a Cadillac, doesn’t mean that I am”.  As this and subsequent years moves on – providing that the Lord tarries, it will become more and more evident of who verbalizes the teachings of Christ, as opposed to who lives them.  In Biblical terms, the chaff has grown with the wheat and harvest time is upon us (see Matthew 13:24-30).  This doesn’t mean that those who have made mistakes that repentance is not available to them.  I am speaking directly to those who have chosen to walk in error and refuse to look at that error for what it is.  That the pride in their heart is more important than the approval of the Holy Spirit.  That their position holds more sway than God’s direction.  That the ruling of men is tantamount than the serving of them.  These leaders and all that willing to follow them are part of the Laodicean church that Jesus spoke of that are miserable, wretched, blind, poor, and naked ( See Revelation 3:17).

In the coming months we will see more political rhetoric than ever – on both sides of the aisle.  Our countrymen will be doing a lot finger pointing saying that “My side is right”.  or “God is on my side”.  While there maybe instances that could bear that out, I think Abraham Lincoln said it best:

“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

Lincoln knew a thing or two about having a clear vision to eliminate tyranny;  what we now call slavery.  We in the Church should learn from history, lest we damn our country to repeat it.

Spiritual Deception or Political Blindness: What does the Church Suffer From?

Tyranny: God’s Will or Your Choice?

Last week we rung in the new year.  Some of us were partying the last vestiges of 2011 with some type of hope that the new year will be better than the last one.  Some of us  – as was I,  were wondering what is the Church in America  going to do as the very freedom that we as Americans enjoy and that most of the world envied are now being stripped away from our possession right in front of us with no attempt of concealing this nefarious plot, and we in response are so silent that not even so a much as whimper was being uttered.

As the dawning of 2012 is here, an ominous specter is no longer on the approach toward our shores.  It has gone past the point of establishing a beach head. It has now been woven and solidified into our laws;  and with Blitzkrieg type speed will influence and dominate our culture.  That specter I am speaking of is tyranny.  It is a governmental order that has taken the most civilized of cultures and has caused them to sink into the most base, vile, depraved, abysmal, and wretched displays of humanity that has ever been recorded in the annals of human history.  Why?  The answer is quite simple.  Tyranny is mankind’s attempt to replace God.  It is those at the top of this order who have an insatiable hunger and thirst to be the object of human worship.  To have mankind – by force or deception,  bow down to them in thought, word and deed, and to carry out their twisted agenda to it heinous conclusion.

Tyranny, like liberty has one thing stopping it:  Your choice.  Sounds farfetched?  Don’t believe me?  Consider the children of Israel when Samuel’s sons were making perverted judgements (see I Samuel 8:3).  What was the people’s response?  “Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations”.  This was not God’s will.  This was the people’s choice.  God solidified that this was the people’s choice by saying, “And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them“. (I Samuel 8:7 emphasis added)

On November 6, 2012, barring martial law being implemented, we will have another – and could be our last, opportunity to elect a President, Vice-President, Congressional leaders, et, al.  so that we can retain our freedoms that God has given us. We will have another chance to preach the Gospel freely without any fear of being carted off to jail or executed on the spot for being an enemy of the State.  In short on November 7, 2012, the government we as American citizens will live under will be because of God’s will or….

Tyranny: God’s Will or Your Choice?