The notion that Christians are not merely not obligated to do anything to stand against this flood tide of evil which has come to so pervasively characterize the time we live in but are in fact obligated to not do anything is a pernicious piece of poppydash.
The reason so many find it so easy to dismiss Christianity in this day and age is because Christians have allowed themselves to cease to be relevant. Yes, men who are not being drawn to God’s eternal truth will find one reason to remain in disbelief, if not another, but the modern church has managed to thoroughly justify their lack of faith as it has bought into silly, superstitious notions that the Bible and science are irreconcilable and that the mere forcefulness of the assertion of a publicized opinion must somehow be the means by which it is also substantiated and validated.
We applaud foreign missions while turning a blind to the walking wounded on our own streets and we dismiss or even denounce those who have the guts to decry the devilry which we dare not. We vehemently voice our support for the self-determination of foreign nations while we stand silently by as the self-determination of our own homeland is dragged through the mud. We pack our pews and sing about heaven while allowing our earthly kingdom to become a living hell. As my father aptly puts it, the modern church can’t beat its way out of a wet paper bag. It is so heavenly minded it is no earthly good.
And my purpose in posting this is to tell you that this is decidedly un-scriptural.
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.
~I Chronicles 28:9-10
Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.
A church that is inactive and inert is a church that is unchristian.
Here in these verses and ever again are we commanded to build the house of God, to champion His kingdom on earth and publish and proclaim His liberty and the inevitable demise of the eternal enemies of His truth and His people.
Not only are we thus commanded but we are shown example after example of men and women throughout scripture who dutifully obeyed those commands.
Oh, we venerate these people today, on occasion when their names are mentioned; and yet we proscribe a course of action (or rather inaction) that is wholly counter-intuitive to what warrants their prominence in scripture to begin with.
Imagine if the arguments I allude to that are so common today were the positions of our founding fathers? Of our puritan fathers of old? Of the reformers and the church fathers? Where would we be today? Over and over again, we can read the stories of the victorious saints. Through whom kings were humbled and nations brought to their knees. And yet were the mindset of Christians today one that is reconcilable with the heroes of our faith and our people, then David would have never stood up to Goliath, nor would have Gideon broken in pieces the false idols of his people, nor would Moses have led his kinsmen out of bondage, nor would have the prophets and the preachers who followed in their footsteps “called kings into account for their disregard of law and told their people not to yield before their threats. That God had established rulers to protect the rights of man and ordained government’s to fit into His plan and preach His people’s liberty.” (Legacy, “They Preached Liberty”) For that matter, Jesus himself would have been impious to have denounced the pharisees.
This logic is warped beyond all recognition as such and is an affront to the God of scripture and the men who stood on their belief in Him and the righteousness of His precepts throughout history.
Modern Christian, do you wish to see the holy spirit revive us again? Do you wish to see the world know that the Lord is God, and that He is not mocked? Do you wish to see liberty proclaimed throughout the land and restoration to begin? Then abandon this egregious error of false pietism through irresolution and inaction against the forces of darkness that cast a shadow over our lands. Stand now and stand strong. Stand with David. With Moses. With Gideon. With the prophets. With our church fathers and with our puritan and revolutionary forefathers of old.
Stand and be counted as one who will take up the hedge and stand in the gap, even if when that count is completed you are found to be the only one. Do this and you will find that you are not alone. For who is to say that more are not being raised up to stand beside you? But even so, alone or shoulder to shoulder with your brothers and sisters, you walk in the footsteps of many and pave the way for many more.
When the arm of flesh fails you, it is the eternal God of truth and justice and liberty and He alone that “armeth the patriot.” +++
I’m a pre-denominational biblicist who leans a bit to the right of Attila the Hun.
In the war of ideas and words, you might say I’m a trafficker of arms and munitions.
If you feel we have some common ground or are curious to know more about me feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you.