It is interesting how easy it is to complain and blame others for the state of things around us. “Why aren’t they taking care of things?” or “He should be watching out for that!” Christian, consider what our role might be in answer to these questions. Perhaps the state of things in the church and the USA are the result of Christians and Conservatives alike simply not being involved enough.
“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”
Content for many years, even decades, thinking that life is pretty good and the church is OK and fun to attend, has left us to realize that we have been robbed of our rights and privileges. Slowly they have been disappearing. Even when we have taken some notice, we didn’t want to raise a fuss or offend anyone. Now we find ourselves with seemingly nothing left to continue. We have become bankrupt in the advantages that were fought for in the past and that we have enjoyed in the present. Now we are living in “poverty” and “scarcity” in many ways…except in the power, provision and wisdom we have in Christ.
It is time we become re-acquainted with ourselves – who we are in Christ (the Bible) and who we are as American citizens (the Constitution). How well do you and your parishioners know what God has given us in Christ? How well do you really know our Constitution? All is not actually lost, but we need to be willing to risk, to stand up for what is ours and no longer allow the theft to continue.
Believe God. In Jeremiah 29:7 we read, “…seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you…and pray to the Lord on its behalf…” That city might be your church or it might be your city/state/country. It is time to get involved, to find your place seriously working for the renewal and revival of the place God has positioned you in. He gives the vision, the wisdom and power to move forward. God is the one who protects and gives the victory for His glory.
Act on the Constitution. Read the Constitution of the USA. Read it, know it and understand it. Find the resources for seeing the whole picture as you work to put the pieces back in place. Just start, now ask God to give you that contrite heart, that vision, that renewal and that courage for pushing forward.
God will show you your place in the church and the nation/state/city. Are you nervous or afraid? Ask God. Confused or lost as to where to start? Ask God. Concerned about relationships or reputation? Ask God.
Don’t be concerned about the bad guys…read the next verses of Proverbs 6:10-19. God has it covered! Above all, take to heart Romans 13:11, “And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”
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