Should a preacher be an outspoken critic of government and politicians? Should soul winners take sides the political arena? When I first began doing it, the unanimous verdict was no. Now let me tell you an amazing story…
In 2011, I knew the greatest threat to America and the Gospel was going to come from Washington D.C. and Sacramento CA. The Holy Spirit led me to begin a blog and arm people with truth and Scriptural knowledge to combat the iron curtain that I saw coming down on our nation.
You would not believe the threats I got. Not just from left wing wackos, but from Christians. Church folk thought I was violating my calling and the left wingers said they were going to sick the IRS on me. Some leaders I really trusted blasted me for even thinking of doing this.
Seeking God about doing this blog, put me through unimaginable torment. I had to be sure I was right. My heroes, Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Kathyrn Kuhlman, and David Wilkerson would have struggled with my decision. Then something really important dawned on me: Preachers must discern the times they live in.
Everyone one of my heroes did just that. They did things that had never been done before and they were brutally criticized for it. David Wilkerson for being photographed at a criminal trial for delinquents, Oral for going on television, Kathyrn for being a woman preacher…all of them broke new ground.
Then God gave me understanding of the time I lived in, and the ground I had to break. Let me explain it this way: say you are barbecuing in your back yard. There’s a fence between you and your neighbor. One day, after years of peaceful coexistence, your neighbor jumps the fence, and with a crazed look, charges your wife. He means harm. What do you do? Tell yourself it is unloving to attack the crazed neighbor?
Obama jumped the fence and went after the church. Now, the left never stays in their own yard. They continually attack our freedom of religion, and speech. Then I heard a life-changing phrase in my spirit: Christianity will survive without America, but America will never survive without Christianity. Now I knew my mission was to help spare America from disaster.
I also concluded that my spiritual heroes lived in an era when the church was respected, and there was civil discourse between political parties. I needed models of preachers who preached at the dawn of tyranny in their nation. I needed Dietrich Bonhoeffer from Hitler’s Germany and Watchman Nee in Mao’s china. It became undeniable what I had to do. I had total peace and confidence and began writing. However, my anxiety was only beginning.
In the first month, May 2011, only 58 people read it, by the end of the year only 2,200 people had read it. The enemy laughed at me, and told me it was a miserable failure, and the only thing I had done was to close the doors of churches. Somehow I kept trying.
The blog didn’t just face rejection from the church, it was going against the headwinds of technology. America’s attention span was shrinking fast. Experts told me I had no hope of success because no one reads long articles. If I wanted to be heard, I had to do short snappy videos. The Holy Spirit said no. I had to write the blog. Often, they’d be over a thousand words. Somehow, against all odds, I held on.
Now it was 2012 and something amazing started. By December, 300,000 people read the blog. Not only that, preachers took heart from my posts and began to boldly proclaim truth and speak out. Some of my harshest critics admitted they attacked me out of their own fear to speak out. The foundation of a new understanding, began to emerge. It turned into a groundswell.
Everywhere I traveled, people would come up to me, and tell me how much the blog meant to them. Copies appeared in the most surprising places. The heads of a large denomination gave it to their executives. It was quoted on television, radio, referred to in books, read from pulpits and even mentioned in Washington. Since then, it has been viewed in 224 nations and territories. Then at midnight last night it happened…