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Where is the Church?
By Pastor Tim Remington,
Cataldo Lighthouse Ministries

Where is the church when it comes to making decisions for our community and our country?

I have sat in courtrooms and watched the world system fail over and over again. Courts are making decisions that the parents should have made a long time ago to discipline their children. I have walked the communities and noticed that there is a new generation of people out there. This generation has lost identity and purpose, and the real

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.

I 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!!!



Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
I Thessalonians 5:6