|concern that I have is that they don’t have anyone
to show them the way, because the church is not involved in that part
of their lives. If a person is hungry, they run to the government
agencies. If a person is unstable, they run to a psychiatrist. If
people are sick with the smallest things, they run to the doctors.
People that feel headaches coming on reach for pain reliever. People
who are depressed and have no future reach for drugs or alcohol.
have sat with hundreds of people who need help, but when it comes
to sending them to someone for help, not many people seem to have
the answer. Some suggest they go to jail, and others send them to
government agencies. So I ask you this question: When is it time
for the church to become active again in the decisions that are
made for the future of our towns? The church needs to rise up and
take some responsibility for the condition of our cities.
It’s a fact that children who are brought up in Sunday School
are seldom brought up in court. Many of the churches that are out
there are plagued with a lot of retired Christians. As Christians,
we should never retire. We run a race, we fight a fight, and even
if everyone comes against us, we will do this for our Lord!!!
It’s been said that church services in our area are marked
with lameness, tameness, and sameness. It’s like they have
a hidden agenda. The agenda of the church should be to preach the
gospel and to proclaim a love for God and a love for our neighbor…
a love that will drive us to help those that are asking, and those
that are not asking, to stand up, and hold up, the standard of God,
and never compromise our principles that are based on the Word of
God. It shouldn’t be a hidden agenda. We openly confess our
agenda, and we will spiritually fight for it for the sake of our
children and theirs, so that Christ may be known to them.
There was a sign in Benton, Wisconsin, that read, “For God
so loved the world that He didn’t send a committee.”
He sent only One: HIS SON. We don’t need to listen to a committee
to tell us what we need to do to stand up for what is right. We
only need to listen to the One, Jesus Christ.
A church that is not reaching out, is passing out. The Lord instructs
us in Romans 13:11-14 – “And that, knowing the time,
that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation
nearer than when we believed. 12) “The night is far spent,
the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness,
and let us put on the armor of light. 13) “Let us walk honestly,
as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering
(all kinds of uncleanness) and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14) “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision
for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” Knowing that
these are the last days, we should come out of our sleep and let
this world see Jesus in action!
It’s easy to lose interest in the morals of our nation unless
you have made an investment in it. When the church starts to invest
in the communities and laws of our nation, then we will more than
likely protect our investment. I am convinced that if the church
neglects the people of this nation, then the nation will neglect
the role of the church. We may have sound doctrine, but we are for
the most part still sound asleep. I feel sometimes that the job
of the church is not only to get sinners to heaven, but also to
get saints out of bed!!! Christians need to start writing their
congressmen and senators, and flooding the White House with calls.
We need to let them know that we are alive and well, and that we
will be voting for men who will hold up the standard that God wants
for our nation, standing for what our founding fathers prayed for,
for the protection of our country.
A sign in front of a Chicago church read, “The competition
is terrible, but we are still open for business.” We must
remember that God has no competition – He already beat him
at Calvary. If the churches are competing with one another, we will
have no energy to go after the issues that are important. We sometimes
are so busy taking care of the exterior, that the fire goes out
on the interior. This is hard to re-ignite. The abortion issue is
a perfect example, with many no longer stating that it is murder,
but rather calling it constitutional rights. Part of the church
goes along with that. I think that they properly named the new abortion
pill, “RU-486.” I would ask you this question: Are you
for eighty-sixing it? (RU-486ing it)!
I’m beginning to ask myself if the reason they serve coffee
after service in some of the churches is so that they can wake up
before they go home. The church is beginning to become paralyzed
with timidity, and it’s killing off its integrity. In order
for the church to get back on its feet, we will be forced first
to our knees. That would include all of us. It’s time that
the men in the body of Christ get involved. I’ve heard the
church described as “a big business supported by the husbands
of its members.” What do you see wrong with that? The bottom
line to all of this is this: The world at its worst needs the church
at its best, and what we say and do should make it easy for the
world to find God, and very difficult for them to forget Him!!!