I was a student in the early 70s, majoring in Political Science, International Relations. It was the latter part of 1971 that I found myself in a Constitutional Law class and had to write a thesis on a case that was on the docket to be heard by the Supreme Court. I frantically studied, researched, and wrote simply to pass the class… never imagining it would become a land mark case that would divide the country for the next 43 years and would lead to the downfall and destruction of our great nation. While God’s people remained silent, Roe v Wade has came to haunt the church and the Christian body by leaving a deep stain on our hands of the blood of millions of aborted babies.
Today the dockets of the court bring unfathomable cases that reveal the perverted twisted mind of a nation that has totally turned from God the Creator. Things that were unthinkable just 3 or four years ago are now the norm. First, it was the open promotion of accepting the homosexual lifestyle. That opened Pandora’s Box. Next the nation framed and defended the legal rights of the non-gender person. Now society is teaching our children that boys and girls and men and women don’t exist anymore – God forgive us for once again remaining silent about His created design!
The clock continues to tick and we are running out of time for what I believe to be the last presidential election as this country has known it. If you are a Christian, if you believe in God, the time has come for you to use your voice to cry out for the truth and pureness of the righteousness of God. Franklin Graham has been touring our nation seeking for us to pray for the nation and that we will return to God with humbled hearts. I commend Franklin for standing up and speaking out, but honestly I feel we are too late. The years have passed and with their passing we have gone further and further from God. 43 years have passed since the legalization of the abortion of babies, then came the removal of prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments in our public places. It was still not enough for man to proclaim himself god but he made laws that protect the unnatural acts of perversion and then drive it further by claiming there is no sex gender of the creation of God. Animals are now regarded as a higher form than humans for we still see them as male and female!
Do I believe that we as a nation can return to what we once were…a God fearing, God seeking, humble society? NO! I believe it is too late and that judgement is already upon us. I believe we have yet to see the fullness of God’s wrath but that day is coming and it is coming sooner then we think.
Friends, the hour is upon us where so many of our churches are no longer a place for prayer and to meet with a holy God. God’s house has become a place where you can buy your cup of Starbucks in the lobby and then go into the auditorium and sit back to watch the entertainment, and you leave feeling temporarily uplifted and inspired because of the music pulsating through your caffeinated veins.
There was a day when the parents took their kids to church to learn the Word of God. Today it is the reverse, where the youth lead the parents to the church where it is fun and entertainment…and the parents let the kids rule because they are afraid that otherwise they would not attend any church.
I have been reading some of the Old Testament prophets and am startled by how their words apply exact to where we are today. Listen to this:
“I will make mere youths their officials;
children will rule over them.”
People will oppress each other—
man against man, neighbor against neighbor.
The young will rise up against the old,
the nobody against the honored.
A man will seize one of his brothers
in his father’s house, and say,
“You have a cloak, you be our leader;
take charge of this heap of ruins!”
But in that day he will cry out,
“I have no remedy.
I have no food or clothing in my house;
do not make me the leader of the people.”
Judah is falling;
their words and deeds are against the Lord,
defying his Glorious Presence.
The look on their faces testifies against them;
they parade their sin like Sodom;
they do not hide it.
Woe to them!
They have brought disaster upon themselves.
Tell the righteous it will be well with them,
for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.
Woe to the wicked!
Disaster is upon them!
They will be paid back
for what their hands have done.
Youths oppress my people,
women rule over them.
My people, your guides lead you astray;
they turn you from the path. (Isaiah 3 NIV)
As you can see, none of what I’ve mentioned above is new. The Lord says there is nothing new under the sun. He has seen it all before, and He will address it in His timing. The question is, where do we stand with Him? Are we being led astray….or are we living and speaking as His representatives?
Here is where the rubber meets the road. As for me, I cannot, I will not focus and grieve for the rapid decline of our society and the loss of our freedoms. I do not despair for my hope is not found here in this nation, but it is found in the Lord, the God Almighty, the Ruler of Heaven and earth! He has assured me that I am a citizen of a Heavenly country, and am only here as an Ambassador for my Lord. He has called me to be His and He is mine and He has assured me that no harm shall fall upon me and though I might be challenged and tested, He is with me and I can enjoy His Glorious Presence through it all.
Friends, I urge you to pray for the church and for its body. I urge you to pray for your friends, family and for yourselves. I urge you to ask God for forgiveness for what we have failed to do and strength to stand and speak out for righteousness instead of cowering because of the need to be politically correct. I urge you to repent and humble yourselves that God’s mercy will be upon you and your house. I urge you to ask God for His strength to prevail and that your faith will not be shaken nor taken from you.
I urge you to pray the sanctuaries of our churches will be reclaimed as a house of prayer where the Word of God is proclaimed with power and where the pastors preach boldly of the Cross and the atoning blood of Christ.
I leave you with a parting question… Do you fear God… Do you truly fear God? The way you answer the question will determine how you live your life. I hate to break the bad news but the party is over.
Now is the time for the prodigal to go Home to the heart of our Heavenly Father. He has been patiently waiting a long time for our return.
We seek to be a vessel, an outpouring of God’s love, to bring the good news to the afflicted, to bind up the broken hearted, to set the captive free, to comfort those who mourn, and to bring the oil of gladness and the mantle of praise to all that we meet and serve.
We undertake our mission through our outreach of ministering to the spirit, mind, and body, whether it be in renewal through silent retreat and prayer at WaterBrooks, through encouraging those with deafness and other physical challenges at Kennels of Levi, or through meeting the needs of our brothers and sisters among the homeless with Operation Silent Night.
We strive to fulfill our mission, not through our own might and power, but by resting on the firm guiding hand of faith in God’s providence, provisions and promises…for what He has started, He will so complete.