Apathy has a Higher Cost

In my last post I stated, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone”.  We are about to see this occur.  Our freedoms have been incrementally taken away in the name of “security”.  We have cameras at nearly every traffic intersection in America.  They’re not for the apprehension of criminals, as they are for the monitor and tracking of law-abiding citizens.  The “Boys in Blue” (TSA) scan your documents as to know who you are and what flight you’re on (4th Amendment anyone?)  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) established a “Free Speech Zone” near the Bundy Ranch (1st Amendment destroyed). Our currency continues to be devalued – costing more for less goods and services.  All of this is going on and what is the Church in America’s reaction? “Whatever”.

Why? Because “God wants us to be happy” according to Victoria Osteen.  There is a technical term to describe this condition:  Apathy.  We suffer from this as a people because our Pastors are “infected” with this “disease”.  Forget Ebola.  This ailment will kill a nation faster than any organic pathogen.  It is more subtle than any microbe.  I documented this three years ago in my post “Does All Roads Really Lead Back to Rome?

While it is true that God is Sovereign and in control, there is a cost of stewardship and even higher cost for apathy.  When you are intellectually honest with yourself, you will understand why Jesus Himself calls us “sheep”.  Sheep are not independent creatures.  To the contrary, they are arguably the most dependent, group think, self-driven creatures on the planet.  This is precisely the reason why the sheep need a “shepherd”.  Unfortunately, Pastors in America have not only taken the title of shepherd too seriously, some have gone on to think that they are God, telling people what to think, not how to think.  Building their “kingdom” on Earth, when receiving no authority in Heaven.

A day of reckoning is coming for the world in general, but for America in particular, that day will be severely harsh.  For those days will like something out of “Mad Max” and Resident Evil”.  There will be a war for resources – physical and spiritual, since we will see a financial collapse in the nation.  Because we as a nation love money more than God, God will give us what love.  Since we as a nation have “thumbed our noses” at God for His protection, pestilence will be released in this land like it has never been seen.  The United States will no longer be united and will disintegrate into third world like “tribal” factions.

The rose-colored glasses will finally be removed from the nation’s face and we will see clearly what have we become.  In this act of self-realization, some will ask themselves the question, “How did we get here?”  It will be then that they will recall the emotionally charged, yet Biblical and practical empty words of their Pastor.  It will make them so incensed that they will resolve to locate the Pastor and give him “a piece of their mind”.  Alas, when you arrived at the church, you will find the doors locked.  The Pastor unable to be located and a long line of people who are in front of you wanting to do the same thing.

So what do we do?  While your church may want keep praying II Chronicles 7:14, you may want to look at I Peter 4:17.  Moreover, you may get the nerve to put in your Pastor’s face Ezekiel 33:6.  It is this last Scripture, why we have apathy in this nation.  The prosperity and posterity of a nation comes the spiritual house being in order.  Until that is restored, be prepared to live in “Thunderdome”

Apathy has a Higher Cost

The Cost of Stewardship

“You don’t know what you have until it’s gone” the saying goes.    This is applicable in all aspects of life.  Whether it’s your car, your house, your job, even your spouse and children.  It also includes our time and our money.  The point is that those things that are cherished are also valued, and all things that valued are also stewarded…and stewardship has a cost associated with it.

However, the most overlooked thing that we possess is our rights.  Yet it is the least mentioned not only in daily conversation, it is also the most frequently absent from when we gather at church.  Why?  The answer runs the gamut from, “Separation of Church and State” to “We only talk about Jesus here” to “God’s in control, so I don’t to worry about that.” It is that last statement that is the most troublesome.  Why?  In order to answer it, must find out the original intent of the Founding Fathers.  What did the Founders state in our  Declaration of Independence?:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Those of us who remember “Schoolhouse Rock” remember the first part of this quote.  However, it is the rest of the quote that needs to be focused on. “That to secure these rights governments are instituted by men, deriving (or getting) their powers from the consent of the governed.”  The document specifically says men, not God are to secure these rights and that any power government receives, it is by our consent, not His sovereign will.  This directly speaks of stewardship.  Thankfully, the document addresses the other side of the equation also:  “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”  No where does it mention “God’s Will”.  That doesn’t mean that God is not sovereign.  He can do whatever He chooses to do.  However, what He is looking for I believe, is us who bear His image and likeness of His Son, to step up and change our nation so that it will model His kingdom.

This is NOT a call to theocracy.   However, it is a call to a Biblical worldview in our government, which addresses the last part of the quote: “Laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” When the Founders said “laying the foundations”, what did they mean?  That can be found in the first part of the paragraph: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. This specifically addresses where does your rights come from.

So the stewardship of our rights has a cost associated with it.  The next question is who will pay the price? You or those after you?

The Cost of Stewardship

Because We Judged Not, We Are Being Judged

We as a nation have experienced many tragedies over the last few years:  Ft. Hood, Virginia Tech, the shooting in Aurora,  CO and most recently, the Sandy Hook Elementary School incident.  Why? Is it just a string of “bad luck” or is it something deeper?  Jesus said in Luke 21:25-26:

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”

To the Believer we know that Jesus is coming soon.  However, that’s not what this post is about. The focus is more on how we got here rather where we’re going.  This nation was founded based on religious persecution, not political persecution.  It was the State run churches in England that drove out the Puritans to see a better life in the “New World”.  There were places established here such as Harvard, Princeton, and Yale that started out as seminaries and not secular universities.   What happened?  Slowly over time, the culture began to influence the Church.  Why is this this important to know?  It is the job of the Church – those who truly speak for God, to influence and at times restrain the culture from itself.  For contrary to the “psychobabble” that is being dispensed today as “science”, the heart of mankind is intrinsically evil, not intrinsically good as the babblers proclaim.

While it is true that evil is spiritual in origin, it manifests itself in a myriad of ways – culture and politics being a couple of them.  That being said, it is in those two ways that the Church in America is largely absent.  The Church has missed the boat in thinking that the preaching of the Gospel is to only get people “saved”.  While the preaching of the Gospel is the primary mission, it is in the tactics that are being used to proclaim this message that renders the Church ineffective. Those who promote evil teaching – living your life without God at the helm, have infiltrated every institution of learning that we have, including seminaries.   The end result is an entire generation who don’t know who God is, and by their learned ignorance continue to make their feeble attempts to erase God out of the culture. God has responded with subtle “hints” that He will not stand to be “erased” from the culture,  9/11 being one of those hints.  Since mankind has a hard-wired need to worship and believe, it was no surprise that the Sunday after 9/11, churches were full to overflowing.  Yet in less than 30 days time, we were right back to our self-absorbed ways, using God as a stop gap measure, rather than the permanent fix that He is.

Fast forward 12 years later to 2013 and not only is self dependence (or self deception as I like to call it) is at an all time high, but it has caused the nation to call evil good and good evil to the level that we have CHOSEN evil to lead us – twice.  It is a clear sign to me that we as a nation have turned our collective backs on God and have settled for other gods to satisfy us.  Only repentance to God at the spiritual AND political leadership level can save us.

Keep this in mind when someone shouts at a Christian Matthew 7:1.  It is because the Church in America didn’t, that we are.

Because We Judged Not, We Are Being Judged

Why Our Cart Won’t Move

While America “celebrated” Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, which he would have been 84 years old had he lived, the terrestrial and social media lit up the airwaves and blogosphere by paying tribute to his legacy, espousing how great of a man he was.

While the media coverage focused on the marches he led, and speeches he gave, that were instrumental in the championing of civil rights for all people which were already guaranteed in our Constitution;  The one thing that was conspicuously absent was the fact he was a preacher of the Gospel.  It is a fact no one can deny, yet it is one of the few facts of his life that never got the credit that was due.

As a preacher, he had unfettered access to the Black community.  Margaret Sanger, the founder of what we call today Planned Parenthood, knew this about Black preachers all too well.  Her goal was a very simple one: Eliminate all inferior races, starting with the Black Race.  When you look at the statistics, Black people make up 12% if the U.S. population, yet receive 32% of all abortions.

Why?   The answer can be found in one word:  Pastors.  What do I mean?  As diabolical as Sanger’s idea are, she knew that they would never come to fruition unless the Pastors were on board.  This is where the real atrocity happened.  The Pastors in the Black community willingly compromised the teaching of Scripture, for a place at the political table thereby leaving their first love:  The congregation that they have been called by God to steward.

Fast forward to today and you will see a proliferation of unsound Biblical  doctrine, that is being held up as authentic Holy Writ.   From the ultra subtlety of T.D. Jakes who will tell you that “Jesus is the product” to Joel Osteen that promises “Your Best Life Now”, to the outlandish claims of Peter Popoff and that his “Miracle Water” can facilitate Divine Healing.

These so-called “preachers” have systematically dumb down Christians into believing that the Kingdom of God more represents a Multi-Level Marketing pyramid, rather than an internal transformation of the human heart. That when the Word of God is properly taught and applied to the hearer, it will produce the long-lasting results we have been looking for socially, economically, and yes, politically.

So why won’t our cart move?  It’s not because we don’t have the right pieces.  It’s because the pieces are in the wrong order.  As a people we have been horrendously deceived that our politics shape our faith, rather than our faith shaping our politics. It is our faith that establishes what we consider right or wrong, for out of our faith comes our worldview.  Upon examination you can only conclude that human beings have one of two worldviews that they can subscribe to:  A Biblical worldview or a Non-Biblical one.

Please keep in mind that this post is not an opine to transform America into a theocracy.  Far from it.  It is possible to subscribe to a principle without believing in the Giver of the principle.  While it is possible, I would implore the reader of this post to consider the Giver of Biblical Principle – namely Jesus Christ and to accept and believe what He has done for you:  Died for your sins so that you can stand before a Holy God justified in being right before Him.

To get the cart moving again it will take 2 things:  First, a sincere repentance to God coming from His spiritual leadership, followed by the repentance of their respective congregations.  Secondly, a sound Biblical choice of political leadership at all levels of government that will lead our nation out of the social, moral, and spiritual cesspool we find ourselves in.  When these two components are assembled in the right order, the cart of our nation will move in the direction that we need to go.

Why Our Cart Won’t Move

Pharoahs Are Not Just Egyptian

As you know – amid allegations of voter fraud, Barack Obama holds the office of President of the United States for a 2nd term.  While people rejoiced in electing a person of color for the second time, it is apparent we in America did not learn the lesson the first time around .  In essence, we will have to face our own “Mt. Sinai” and go around this mountain one more time.  What did we not learn?  Several things:

The first is that character is more important than color.  We as a nation thought that the breaking of the “skin barrier” in the White House will usher in racial equality, when racism at its core is a heart issue.  The second is that no economy has ever survived on service sector jobs making up the bulk of the nation’s workload. Why? The service sector by its design is a supportive role, not a leading one.  Services don’t make widgets, they only enhance them.  To make a widget takes manufacturing.  The bulk of manufacturing is done outside of this country for one reason:  Labor costs.

Third is worldview.  By worldview I mean who will we choose to rule over us?  For those we choose, it will be out of their worldview that the laws that we will be subjected to are made.  So if you choose a candidate that is Anti-God, Ant-Bible,  and Anti-Israel, don’t expect that person or body of people to be favorable to those areas.  Remember God did not choose them: YOU DID!  Fourth is the harvest.  What do I mean?  It is in these three areas:  Lack of character judgment, lack of economic stewardship and a lack of political vigilance that we in the Church in America are facing to reap a “Perfect Storm” of a harvest:  in the name of “Pharoah” Barack Obama.  Why would I call Obama “Pharoah”?  Let’s look in I Samuel 8:11 to see what happened when Israel rejected God as a leader.

  ” And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.”

FEMA has just graduated their first class of Rapid Response unit personnel.  These consists of men and women ususally between the ages of 20-30 that have to do a 2-year term being available for any distress in the nation – at the discretion of the Office of the President.  In exchange, they receive 2 years of college paid for by the taxpayer.  Remember, these are your children I am talking about.  Read the I Samuel 8-12-17 to see what else did Saul as king do to the children of Israel.  Pay very close attention to verse 18:

” And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.”

What shall we do in this day you may ask?  REPENT!!  Repent that we did not listen!  Repent that we did not learn!   Repent that we gave ourselves over to false teachers becuase we had “itching ears”!  For if the Lord does not hear our cry and we will have to go through this process of chastening and persecution, let our lesson be learned hastily and that obedience to His Voice and His Word is more important than “scoring” political or social points with humanity.  Judgment is not coming, it is here.  On January 1, 2013, judgment will begin its “exercise routine” in the form of our taxes going through the roof – and that’s only the beginning.

Unless Divine Intervention happens, strap yourselves in folks, we just passed the crest of the hill and the steering and suspension just went out.  It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Pharoahs Are Not Just Egyptian

Sometimes They Come Back

While we have either have watched or have known about the Presidential Debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, it is very apparent to me that God is putting up another signpost that says “America: Bridge Out”  I wrote about the first one in August of 2009 and the second one in November 2009 concerning “Obamacare”  – a term Mr. Obama (once again I can not call him President since he has not passed the vetting process set forth in Article II of our Constitution) has stated he has become fond of. You can read about the other “signposts” here and here.

We again I believe are seeing the third – and perhaps our final signpost of our nation.  However, what exactly is a signpost?  It is a place where a sign is erected so that when it is read, it gives you information to make a better decision on where you need to go. If you have listened to the debate – putting aside your political bias, you can tell that there is a stark contrast between Obama and Romney.  If you have not you can listen to the debate below.

October 7, 2012 Pastors from around the country will participating in “Pulpit Freedom Day”.  A day set aside that Pastors will preach on politics from their respective pulpits defying the unconstitutional “Johnson Amendment” set forth in the IRS tax code that prohibits Pastors from publicly endorsing a political candidate.  While the IRS has no legal standing to enforcing this code , has never won a case concerning this statute, it has been their stance of a “Paper Tiger” that Pastors are most fearful.  Then again, this time they have a reason to be fearful.  With the installment of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan (which I wrote about here), as Justices on the Supreme Court bench, Pastors for the first time may go to jail for their faith – or so it would seem.  The reality of the situation is the due to lack of spiritual courage as well as their political fear, Pastors will now have to face the “giant” that could have been easily defeated when the giant was a little boy.

Those who read this blog consistently realize that the spiritual reality is bigger and more powerful than the political or natural realities. Elijah the Prophet said I Kings 18:21:

“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word”.

Notice the people’s response – “And the people answered him not a word”.  On November 6, 2012, the Christian in America will have two opinions placed before them.  Will the obey the Word of the Lord and choose to preserve the rights and freedoms that we have,  or will we go the way of Baal and continue to sacrificing our rights, our freedoms, our children and the ability to steward them all on his altar?

Sometimes God’s Words does come back.

Sometimes They Come Back

A Window to the World

While “people watching” you will discover what people value.  Those who have read this blog have understood that humanity can only have one of two views:  A Biblical worldview or a Non-Biblical worldview.  What is a amazing is that people can have huge amount of character and not have a Biblical worldview;  Conversely, those who claim that have a Biblical worldview can be found to be subsequently low on character. Why?  The one place you would figure that character would flourish it is conspicuously absent – church.  A place where morality and Biblical values that would be construed as the foundation stones of an institution are now classified as MIA – Missing in Action.

Psalms 11:3 says, “If the foundations are destroyed, what will the righteous do?  Righteousness simply means right standing with God.  So if the foundations of morality and a Biblical worldview are no longer applicable in today’s society, what will those who stand “upright” before God do?  They will not be viewed as someone to be aspired, but someone to scorn.  If the disdain becomes harsh enough, elimination may be considered an option.

How can this be reversed?  Before we examine the “cure” let us first look how we contracted the “disease”.  Thomas Jefferson said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.  This statement is not only true in the political realm, it is especially true in the spiritual as well.  Unfortunately, it is those in “Spiritual Authority” in general who are continually keeping  the people ignorant in the pew. Be it accidentally or by design, these modern day Pharisees are more inclined to appeal to the praises of men rather than to look for the smile of God.

When have you decided that you have had enough of the their “kingdom”,  you will become as valuable to them as used bird cage liner.  That the sneer of their lips and the scorn from their voice will be an indication to you that your reasoning of examining ourselves followed by repentance, in addition to the criticizing of their message is tantamount to be classified as “spiritual treason”  and needs to be dealt with harshly so that their “apple cart” may not be turned over.

Proverbs 29:2 says:  “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”  It is here we must ask ourselves, “Who put these people here?”  While most Christians cite Daniel 2:21 as some type of “Get out of jail free” Scripture – meaning that they are absolved of any responsibility, the opposite of that is true.  When you vote in an election – local, regional, or national, God may have been in the booth with you but He didn’t make the choice.  You did.  The same is true in the spiritual.  When you continuously sit under false teaching and you agree to that teaching by supporting it in word and in deed (your “amen” and your money), it was not God who planted you there.  That was done by your choice.

Since it was your choice that got you into the mess you are in, it will be your choice that will begin to get you out.  No different than the prodigal son who “came to himself”, we as the Church in America must have the same experience. We must recognize that without repentance to God followed by our obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit, we will fall like Jerusalem in 70 A.D.- not one stone left upon another.  It is the only way ourselves, the Church in America as well as this nation, can be united under Him once more.

A Window to the World