These amazing times call for convictional boldness. One of the bold things that people who walk in the light must do is articulate the truth, even though we know busting myths with biblical truth causes friction. This doesn’t mean we have permission to be obnoxious. Nor does it mean we are be intimidated by those who reconstruct the facts to fit their individual whim or sense of political correctness.
In a mere 125 days a significant adult decision is to be made at the ballot boxes of the United States. Never in my lifetime is so much at stake as it is today. This is an unprecedented time.
Never has religious liberty and freedom of conscience been under so much attack. The mind cannot comprehend what would possess a sitting Attorney General and his department to go before the Supreme Court and argue against the freedom of a church to hire employees without government intervention. In January, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that the government could not interfere with a church’s ministerial hiring practices but left the door open for interference with support personnel.
The fact that the Supreme Court’s June 28 opinion did not slam the door on the massive ObamaCare Act creates a renewed challenge to religious institutions. The press continues to call this a Roman Catholic problem. However, Baptists are in the thick of it, too. As a result of the ruling, the guidelines from the Health and Human Services Department continue to stand. These guidelines require insurance policies provided by our ministry institutions such as our universities and children’s home to include coverage for abortive pharmaceuticals. This violates our biblically based prolife convictions.
To take the problem deeper, what shall we do when our tax dollars are used to underwrite the medical exchanges that provide abortive services? This is a serious matter causing some to dust off the books pertaining to civil disobedience.
This is the day for the prophets of God to speak to the issues of the day – not .without compassion for hurting people but with conviction explaining the truth about God’s Word and the value of a biblical worldview.
According to historians, on the day that George Washington was inaugurated, he placed his hand on the Bible opened to Deuteronomy 28. He chose this passage because it explains the blessings and the curses that occur when a nation exalts God or rejects God.
Like no other people on the planet, we have experienced the blessings of God. Yet we stand on the precipice of biblically proportioned curses that will be our demise.
Our hope is in the return. Will we humble ourselves and turn back to our God?
So what can we do?
Take responsibility for your own thinking. Do your life choices reveal you are a person who believes God’s Word is the standard for right decision making or do you comply with man’s opinions and polls? Let your words, your purchases and your ways reveal that Jesus is Lord of all you call yours.
Encourage your pastor by praying for him and letting him know that your faith is built by the whole counsel of God’s Word, even those parts that rebuke and challenge us to seek the Lord with a pure heart. Some will be offended. The Gospel is an offense to many people but it is the aroma of holiness, compassion and truth that draws people to the Lord. Courageously stand with your pastor and support the man of God when others want him to comply with political correctness.
Register to vote. It is mind boggling that so many people in our churches are not registered to vote. With the age of computers, there is public record of those who are and those who are not registered to vote. Make it a church goal that every adult is registered to vote. All they need is their name, address and birthday. That’s it.
Vote. Big issues are on the horizon. The general election is on Nov. 6 to determine the destiny of the United States and who the next judges will be. This is when we look right past this stagnate economy and vote in light of convictions relating to the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage and religious liberty.
Pray for mercy. Our nation’s current moral climate is the result of a people who reject God. Only the Gospel can change people from the inside out. So those of us who are changed need to call out to the One who hears and beg for mercy so that with renewed passion we can share with people about the great redemption of our mighty God.
You have heard it said and it is so, “We must have revival in our churches; so that restoration will come to our families; so that reformation will change the culture.”
If not in 2012, when?