Archive for April, 2010
One of my favorite books of the Old Testament is Nehemiah. I love reading about a man who, moved with compassion, sets off to accomplish a monumental “God-sized” task. While reading through the last few chapters of Nehemiah last night, some news stories I have read and heard over the last few days resonated within my soul (see links below). Beginning in chapter 8 (arguably the whole book), there is an account recorded of a revival of sorts in Jerusalem. There is a somewhat long discourse in chapter 9 which God’s faithfulness is examined. Several times statements similar to this one are made following a description of an event in Israel’s history: “In your great mercies you did not . . . forsake them, for you are a gracious and merciful God” What a message to Christians in America!
Though our nation’s history is being re-written, though it seems that the founding documents of our great country are, themselves, being deemed “unconstitutional,” though the tides have turned on the position of the Christian church in America, God is gracious and merciful. His love is everlasting, and “His faithfulness reaches to the skies.” (Jeremiah 31:3; Psalm 36:5)
The days of general acceptance and, if nothing else, toleration for Christians is long gone. Christians, we are losing a battle that many aren’t aware that we are in. Attacked on more fronts than we realize, the Christian community is being mocked and degraded, perhaps for no other reason than in attempt to appease a lost world’s own conscience.
I’m not suggesting that we take up arms in Washington. I’m not suggesting we buy lots of poster board and “demand our rights” in a rally. As the Hebrews did in the days of Nehemiah, we must stand up and worship the Lord God Almighty. We must dig in our heels and stand firm on the Word of God. Trust in His proven faithfulness. And, above all else, pray. (See Ephesians 6 for list of weapons of war.)
In the (baptized) words of Aaron Tippin:
You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be the Lord’s man (or woman) not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right and uphold [His] family name
You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything*
Ok, so maybe that’s a stretch, but the point is: Our culture is against us and rightfully so (1 John 3:13). We must preach Christ and Him crucified regardless of the “shame” it brings us (1 Corinthians 4:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, and SBC Today article below). To that which we were called, we must be faithful. On the promises of God, we must stand firm. Or we will fall to the schemes of our Enemy!
We’ve enjoyed a “time of peace” for many years with the world on our home soil, but I think it’s safe to say that the era of American persecution of Christians is upon us. Christians, let us put on the full armor of God and prepare for the battle!
*Lyrics from Aaron Tippin “You’ve Got to Stand for Something.”