A long, long time ago there was a man called Jonah who believed in God. One day God gave him a message, and told him he was to travel quite a long way to a city called Nineveh.
Now Nineveh was an important city with a lot of people living in it, but the people didn’t do what God wanted them to do. God told Jonah to go to this city and warn them that God was angry with them. But Jonah was too scared to do what God told him to do, and he ran away in the opposite direction. When he got to the coast of the land which we now know as Israel, he went to the town of Joppa (now called Jaffa) which had a port where ships leave from, and he got on a boat going a long way away down the Mediterranean Sea.When they were well out in the sea, God sent a strong storm with winds so strong and waves so big, that they were really worried that the wooden sailing boat would fall to bits…. (Read the rest here)
I don’t know about you, but I think about this A LOT. God has called each and every one of us to step out and speak truth to this dying world. The world is crying out for someone to step in and begin to put the pieces back together. He’s put a call on your life whether you like it or not. HE has equipped you with everything you need to do what He’s asked you to do.
All you have to do is OBEY.
Today I talk to those of you on the sidelines who daily watch brave “Watchmen on the wall” shout warnings to anyone who will listen.
You know who you are.
You know what the call feels like. You know, that flip-flop in the pit of your stomach when you see headlines pop up in your news-feed like the ones we saw earlier this week, of the impeding moral meltdown and attack on our children saying pedophilia really isn’t all that bad. Tolerating “intergenerational romance” for “minor-attracted” adults is all the rage these days says Matt Barber in his article called Left’s New Crusade: Adult-Kid Sex
You felt it-flip-flop.
You know the POP of righteous anger your body feels when you see an article like this. An Abortion Nurse Heard A Cry From The Trash Can. It Was The Baby…And That’s Just The Beginning. It’s the story of ten abortion survivors. A heart riveting example of why we need to stop being afraid to speak out and stand for the unborn. As you read this, and looked at the pictures, something began to happen to your pulse. You felt your blood pressure rise. It almost felt like a pop bottle that has been shaken in the pit of your stomach. If you’ve experienced these pulls, prods and calls, but you’ve remained silent, I speak to you.
I sound a warning, and I leave you with hope:
There is a warning that is ringing out from the mountain tops that shouts, as Dr. Ron Johnson said so well in his blog this week. There IS a “Sin of Silence” If we don’t speak out, all we have to do is look at history to tell us what will happen. (ask Jonah) This begins right here in our very own comfy pews.
When Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933, he scornfully dismissed the church, and her pastors, as an irrelevant force which posed no threat to the Nazi agenda for that great nation. “I promise you,” he boasted to his inner circle, “that if I wish to I could destroy the church in just a few years. It is hollow, it is rotten, and false through and through. One push and the whole structure would collapse.”
“We should trap the preachers,” he said, “by their notorious greed and self-indulgence. We shall thus be able to settle everything with them in perfect peace and harmony. I shall give them a few years reprieve, why should we quarrel? They will swallow anything in order to keep their material advantage. The parsons will be made to dig their own graves, they will betray their God for us, they will betray anything for the sake of their miserable jobs and incomes.”
The dictator’s words proved to be tragically accurate. The great majority of Christians in Germany looked the other way and minded their own business. They kept their religion and their politics strictly separate from one another, and refused to vote on the basis of single issues which would have set them apart from the rest of the electorate. They blended in and they went along and they followed the path of least resistance. They did that which was expedient and practical and safe, while their country was dragged down into a swirling maelstrom of barbarism and death.
As I was writing my last blog, The fight for Religious Freedom; Why Indiana Marriage is worth fighting for, I reached out to several local pastors to ask for their help. I was told, “Well, I thank you for what you are doing, but I just have decided to keep all politics out of the church. There are so many hurting people without bringing the sludge into the church.”
The sanctity of marriage, is too political?
The Bible must be oozing with politics then, because he speaks LOUD AND CLEAR about the family and marriage.
After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I prayed, “Lord, may I NEVER run from the calling you have placed on my life. With the silent pulpit it makes it all the more important that we who sit in the pews live out the calling in our lives.
I said I’d leave you with hope:
My question to the church, and those who call themselves followers of Christ is this:
How far are you willing to go? I’ve often asked the question on Facebook, “Why are you silent?” Activism and education, can happen with the tip of your index finger. Why aren’t you sharing the information that comes from the watchmen on the wall with your friends and family? Why are you not taking a stand. You have a platform right there at the breakfast table! The standard answer I get, is, “Monica, I’m afraid of what my friends will think of me.” I’m afraid of losing friends. What if I lose my job?
I don’t want to give the enemy a heads up, but if that’s all it takes for him to take us down, you are looking at a battlefield of dead soldiers.
If you can’t stand now when the greatest persecution is a nasty note, or a friend “delete” how will you stand when you have a knife at your throat and are told to deny Jesus or die… or even worse a knife at your children’s throat and you are told to deny Christ or your child dies.
It’s easy to say we will stand, but if we can’t even stand up for truth now… odds are, you won’t when it comes down to persecution. I challenge you. Practice now BEFORE it get’s tough…. step it up!
This hope comes with a disclaimer. Standing for truth is hard. Whoever told you, you could have your “Best Life Now” sold you a false bill of goods. Speaking truth and standing up for whats right is NOT popular. Don’t believe me? Try posting something on your social media page like this. “I stand for the marriage between one man and one woman in Indiana” and see what you get! Sometimes I forget this side of the coin as my body is used to the attacks and death threats. Here is a sampling of something I received in my inbox just this week. Nice eh? Doing something comes with a cost….I’ve had women who have bravely stepped out….and with their first encounter w the haters, come back to me bloody…. there is a cost to doing the right thing.
But is the cause greater than the cost?
I look at my children and say without one inkling of a doubt, YES IT IS. I look at my Savior and what He has done for me, and say, Yes Lord, it is worth the cost.
I finally have gotten to the good news. It is NEVER too late to begin. Remember the tummy flip-flops? Remember the POP of anger? Put it to use. Here is an idea. Christmas is coming. Religious freedom is under assault in our nation. Already the War on Christmas has begun. How about you say, as the song says below, “OH, no you are not going to take away the fact that Christmas happens to be the religious heritage of my country whether you like it or not… and DO SOMETHING about the attack on Religion! Starting today! Have you seen the headlines just this week? While you are enjoying this song, let me post some of them for you.
Ready to join the fight? We welcome you! There is so much you can do. We would love to hear from you if you wonder where you fit. Email us and we would be happy to help you find your FIT. There are several posts on this blog that give you ideas on where to start. This one being an example: How to take over the state-run, left-wing media…
Doing NOTHING is not an option!