[Calvary Chapel] 2020-10-15 - We Stand Silent

Originally Published 2006-09-19

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Author's Note 2018: This topic still rings true today. The problem has morphed into school shootings and attacks in public places that take multiple lives. Different groups argue over what to do while the culture spirals downward. The eternal destiny of people settled is in a moment's time in many cases. We must reflect Christ into the situation thoughtfully and with prayerful compassion. The alternative is to risk becoming irrelevant.


Many will report that things are out of control. There are people who are pushing to get their way. They want their way because they want control, and power. A person in a high position in the Congress said they would push for a change to the 25th Amendment to the Constitution so that the President could be removed if the President was in bad health.

It seems unlikely that such a change would pass the required approval by a specified number of states.

Hello, Christians. We need seriously to wake up and speak our minds. In the recent past there have been a number of attempts to restrict Christians to only be allowed to pray, sing and teach Christian lessons from the Bible and other sources if they are in a church building. This nation was founded on Christian principles. These are a violation of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion. The laws that were pending either didn't pass or were ruled as unconstitutional in courts. It would be easy to relax and thing that would be the end of it. Unless we continue to keep our eyes and ears and minds open we might be caught by some 2am legislation that is voted for in the wee hours of the might, only to be reported after the fact. If we do not take our voting seriously we could find ourselves standing against the wind of a hurricane where our rights have been removed and our children being taught ideas and rules that we do not approve, or worse than that.

If you think I am being extreme consider the words of Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham. The son has taken over after his legendary father had preached the Gospel in more nations, to more people than anyone else ever has in human history. There are pastors who have recently warned his audience to be alert to those who are against us. There are some who might surprise you who are not Citizens of this nation who are working against us.

Rormans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

But God is willing to make the change, if we only permit it and stop resisting His call. Ezekiel 36:25-26 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols 26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Why were they silent? Why no plea to see the vacant, hollow shell that was left of the cause? Why allow the masses of young people to continue down a road that leads to an illiterate, violent existence? Why will they explain politics in detail, providing us with their spin or vision of what was said, and leave this without comment? If I get started now, I will fly off on a tangent, never to return.

"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword." (Matt 26:52 NIV)

I urge you all to consider. This does lead to other issues. What will become of the many following up those would would lead them astray? Will they simply gravitate to another false leader, or drift off aimlessly?

Where is the church, in all this? There are several vibrant, powerful churches that inhabit our inner cities. For those of us not in that battleground, we must pray for these who are in the trenches of the war for so many souls. I urge everyone to pray for the quickening of churches that have fallen asleep in their comfortable, safe messages. The hour is late, and the hearts of many, saved and unsaved, are as cold as ice. We, too, have been silent. It is my fear that the mainstream churches of the 20th century have abdicated, and left big government to take care of the world.

Where was Jesus during His earthly life? He was running to the sick, needy and those who have searching hearts. He was running with a message of hope. Hope not as the world gives, but an expectant hope. Not "I hope this is really going to happen", but "I hope it happens soon!". We have allowed programs like Welfare to take up the slack when families and individuals needed assistance. Instead of helping the family with grocery money, sending over a meal and helping them do job searches, the government now has 3rd- and 4th- generations of people on the rolls. They have tried to take on the job of the church, and don't know how.

The church has abandoned its mission, and is, in many cases, in need of rekindling the compassion for outreach and the faith to believe that God will provide. We have the message of hope.

"`For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord,' plans for welfare and not calamity to give you a future and a hope.'" (Jeremiah 29:11)

We extol Yankee independence, when we need accountability to God and our fellow man. A close friend can help us keep on track. Jesus never meant for us to make it on our own. He will be there, and the Holy Spirit and confidants, to help us stay brutally honest with ourselves.

"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy" (Proverbs 28:13 KJV).

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." (James 5:16 NIV)

Those of us who have ears must pray. Those of us who hear the call must answer. My call now is to pray. To pray for a President who makes me angry, but is still the President, a leader appointed by God Almighty. I have been horribly negligent in this. To pray for the leaders in the church, to look for ways to help the community in physical and spiritual needs and means. To pray for my friends and my enemies, who believe that I am mad for believing in something that I can not see, feel or touch. May they see and sense the reality of Jesus Christ in me. And to pray for the sleeping heart of this nation, once great under God, now teetering on the edge of socialism. To pray for the church, the body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, to take the simple, unadorned message of the love and compassion of a living Savior, to the world, and shake it to its very foundations - one more time.

Amen!


Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your patience with Your children. We have allowed the message to fade from the ears of the world, to be lost in the mindless clutter and the lies of the enemy. Refire our hearts full of the simple, direct messages of the Gospel, saturated with prayer. Stoke the hearts of your people to pray, and to know Your word and Your will. Prepare us, at all times, to give an answer for the powerful faith that You have saved us with, in Your love, grace and mercy. Amen.

Grace & Peace,
Mike

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