February 4th, 2013
(FPP) After Pentecost the followers of Jesus exploded into the world, boldly proclaiming the hopeful message of the Gospel to the godless world around them. Sin was confronted head on. No issue was off limits. And because believers unashamedly spread the true Word of faith, the world was forever changed.
Almost two thousand years later, however, the church has become silent, seeking to minister to that which is safe and comfortable. Instead of being united and standing up for what’s right and true, the various denominations have often cloistered themselves, fearing to speak up because they feel it’s not their place to do so. No wonder evil seems to be advancing at an alarming rate.
But does God want us to be silent on matters near and dear to His heart? No. We are to be the salt and light of the world (Matt. 5:13-16), and there is no better time than now to stand up and defend that which God considered sacred and blessed.
There are many issues, of course, that God considered important, but there are three that stand out: life, marriage, and the nation of Israel.
God is the Creator of all life. We were created in God’s own image. Therefore, all life needs to be protected. But most importantly, the life in the womb needs a voice because the unborn cannot speak for himself.
Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” Psalm 139:15 adds, “My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.” God breathed life into man. No one has the right to take any life, whether in or out of the womb, because life is a gift from God.
God initiated marriage in the Garden of Eden when he created Eve from Adam’s side and gave her to him as a suitable helpmate. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:24).” God set the pattern for one man to marry one woman. He designed it and blessed it. Man has no right to make any changes to what He instituted.
The nation of Israel was God’s chosen people. They were not selected because they were bigger than the surrounding nations, but “…because the LORD loves you… (Deuteronomy 7:8).” It was from Abraham’s descendants that Jesus was to come. God also warned others how Israel was to be treated. He promised Abraham in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you…” If the church is silent with regard to Israel, aren’t we in a sense cursing them?
We need to stop being silent as a church and speak up on these issues. God blessed them. He ordained them. He sanctified them. If the church does not defend them, who will? And maybe, as we ask the Lord to forgive our apathy on these matters, the Holy Spirit will awaken us and we can once again speak out in boldness as the early church did. Perhaps this is how revival in America will begin, one congregation at a time.