There is a clarion call for divine intervention through the Church of the Living God.
A few weeks ago, Kay Coles James of the Gloucester Institute told hundreds of pro-life advocates in Tennessee that the biggest challenge we have today is to get our children involved in the work of the kingdom through active participation in public life. She told me personally at our One Night fundraising event in June last year that the biggest obstacle we have is to mobilize the church to the ballot box.
Two weeks ago, Dr. John Hammond, a physician who once performed abortions, since giving his life to Christ and rejecting abortion for the savagery that it is, told our Right To Life chapter that if we want to change laws, we really must change hearts. We must not be afraid to engage people one-on-one on the issue of life.
Senator Rand Paul recently spoke to a group of pastors, stating that the 1st Amendment does not say take religion out of government, but it does say the government is to stay out of religion. He encouraged these pastors to be involved in the public square, particularly at this time when it seems that religious freedom is being suppressed at unprecedented levels.
The need is real, and it is imminent. The people of God must speak up and speak out. We must be vocal and unashamed.
Is it really a matter of faith, what happens in our world, in government, in society, in our communities? If you could ask Christians being persecuted in the Middle East, who are watching their loved ones being killed; who are waiting for the moment that their time comes to face execution- do you think it would matter to them whether or not we fight for religious freedom, whether or not we live by our conscience, whether or not we use this God-given, Constitutionally-enshrined right to gather together and to speak out? If they had the chance to do so in their homeland, would they?
I believe the answer is, “Yes! It matters!” Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, founder of Voice of the Martyrs and a prisoner in Russian Communist prisons for 14 years, said these words:
America is the last hope of millions of enslaved peoples. They look to it as their second fatherland. In it lies their hopes and prayers. I have seen fellow-prisoners in communist prisons beaten, tortured, with 50 pounds of chains on their legs- praying for America… that the dike will not crumple; that it will remain free.
I called into a local talk radio station when Ivy Scarborough, an attorney and author, was the guest, talking about the threat of radical Islam. I asked him what can we do in West Tennessee to ensure that our community and our Christian way of life remains safe? He stated that the best thing we can do is to continue to live up to our American and our Christian ideals, and promote these ideals in our community, our state, and our nation.
There is real danger in what I am proposing here. No, we have not experienced the persecution Pastor Wurmbrand, Pastor Saeed Abedini, or countless Middle Eastern Christians face on a daily basis. There will be consequences if we keep silent, however. Christians are losing their businesses, being levied big fines for following their conscience. Instead of linking one story, just take a look at the screenshot, and search for yourself:
This is not supposed to happen in America. That statement is not a whine about “how the times are a’changin.” It is a call to stand up for what America was founded on- freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, and freedom to participate in the process of governance.
Will we be found guiltless if we do nothing in the face of building oppression? What if we remain silent while millions of more babies die due to abortion? Will their be respite if we don’t sound an alarm, while we have the freedom to do so with little (though growing) chance of being persecuted?
Is the Gospel really at stake in the midst of these “social issues”? If you believe that sharing the Gospel means speaking the truth in love, then yes, spreading the Gospel is at stake in the midst of these issues. Christ rose in order to call us to higher things. We must rise, too. He arose long ago. Now we have to rise to the occassion in the power of the Holy Ghost.